CANNES 2016: BRITISH DIRECTOR KEN LOACH WINS THE PALME D’OR FOR ‘I, DANIEL BLAKE’!

It is the most coveted award at the Cannes Film Festival – the Palme d’Or. This year, the big prize went to British director Ken Loach for his moving tale of the working man and economic inequality, “I, Daniel Blake.”

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“I, Daniel Blake” stars Dave Johns as Daniel, a 59-year-old carpenter from Newcastle, battling to hang on to his welfare benefits, after a heart condition forces him out of work. Loach exposes the economic fault lines that exist in a society where the wealthy are taken care of and the working class are one crisis away from financial and personal ruin.

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Accepting his award, the 79 year-old director said, “We must give a message of hope, we must say another world is possible.”

He continued, “The world we live in is at a dangerous point right now. We are in the grip of a dangerous project of austerity driven by ideas that we call neo-liberalism that have brought us to near catastrophe.”

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

Palme d’Or: Ken Loach, ‘I, Daniel Blake’

Grand Prix: Xavier Dolan, “It’s Only The End of the World”

Jury Prize: Andrea Arnold, “American Honey”

Best Actress: Jaclyn Jose, “Ma Rosa”

Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini, “The Salesman”

Best Director: Olivier Assayas, “Personal Shopper” & Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation”

Best Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi, “The Salesman”

Camera d’Or: “Divines,” Houda Benyamina

Queer Palm (Feature): “Les Vies de Thérèse,” Sébastien Lifshitz

Queer Palm (Short): “Gabber Lover,” Anna Cazenave-Cambet.

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