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by Peter Knegt
May 10, 2010 1:37 AM
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Cannes Adds Loach's "Irish" To Competition

A scene from Ken Loach's "Route Irish."

Just a few days before the Cannes Film Festival is set to get under way, festival organizers have made a very rare last minute addition their now 18-film competition with Ken Loach's Iraq War drama "Route Irish." Variety reported that Loach "initially declined a Cannes bid for his latest film, but changed his mind only recently and screened it for topper Thierry Fremaux and members of the selection committee."

The film was written by Loach regular Paul Laverty, and is described by Variety as "a story of two ex-soldiers in love with the same woman who head to Iraq to work as private contractors. It's set both in Liverpool and Iraq, where a contractor named Fergus (Mark Womack) returns following the death of his friend along the deadly road (from where pic's title is taken) that links the Green Zone with the airport used by the coalition."

This news marks Loach's third film to screen in competition at Cannes in just five years. He took the Palme d'Or in 2006 with "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," and joined last year's lineup with "Looking for Eric."

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday, May 12 with the world premiere of Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" (read Todd McCarthy's review here). indieWIRE will be on the scene in Cannes beginning this Wednesday through the end of the festival. "Irish" will screen on Thursday, May 20th.

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2 Comments

  • dhsabillon | May 18, 2010 9:35 AMReply

    You should totally check out Loach's "Looking for Eric"--(screenplay also by Paul Laverty). It was hilarious. I can't wait for his next film. One of my favorite lines in the movie by Eric Cantona himself, "Nobody forgets rock-and-roll." Once you watch this film, you won't forget it either.

  • rania | May 10, 2010 6:45 AMReply

    Great news for Cannes! In a 2007 I interviewed Ken Loach on "The Wind That Shakes the Barley." He told me that he and writing partner Paul Laverty text each other daily on "world disasters and football scores."

    http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_201/kenloachslove.html