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Route Irish by Ken Loach, 19th film in the Competition

the 10.05.2010 at 12:00 AM

Ken Loach’s most recent feature-length film, Route Irish, starring Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe and Trevor Williams, has entered the Competition today, bringing the count of films presented in this category up to 19.
For this film, produced by Rebecca O'Brien, which deals with the consequences of the English involvement in Irak, Ken Loach has used his regular script writer Paul Laverty, and for the camera work, Chris Menges, with whom he had worked previously on The Gamekeeper (1980) and Looks and Smiles (1981).

The screening of this film will take place on Thursday, May 20 in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.


Festival: Just two days before the Festival opening, you have selected another film for the Competition...
The opportunity of adding another film to the Competition brings the total number of films presented to 19. So it is manageable and we decided to go for it.

Festival: Has this happened before at the Festival in recent years?

It’s happened a number of times. Gilles Jacob included Yilmaz Güney and et Serif Gören’s film Yol, Andej Wajda’s  L’Homme de fer and Abbas Kiarostami’s  Le Goût de la cerise at the last minute. That’s not the end of the story: all three won the Palme d’Or for that year. But we mustn’t draw any conclusions.

Festival:  What impact might this have in terms of organisation?

None at all. If we did it, it is because it was possible from an organisational perspective. We are adding one screening: the film will be screened on Thursday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Théâtre Lumière for the Jury and Festival goers.

Festival: A rumour is about that Ken Loach considered not presenting his film this year, in an attempt to escape from his reputation as a “regular” at Cannes.
No. The truth is simpler than that: the film wasn’t ready when the selection was announced last April 21st. When he had finished the film, Ken Loach was disappointed not to be able to offer it to us. That’s when his English producer, Rebecca O’Brien, decided to send it to us, three days ago, without saying anything to Ken Loach. So he was amazed to hear that it was selected!

Festival: Will you be announcing any more new films in the Official Selection over the next few days?
A selection is a dynamic thing that is constantly evolving. We always want to be making improvements on it. And when the Festival begins, film is the only thing that matters.

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