ചലച്ചിത്രോത്സവം (IFFK)

21 st IFFK- Retrospective – Ken Loach

A Meera Sahib 2016-12-08 11:50:33am

Retro – Ken Loach

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into the theater, performing with a touring repertory company. This led to television, where in alliance with producer Tony Garnett he produced a series of docudramas, most notably the devastating "Cathy Come Home" episode of The Wednesday Play (1964), whose impact was so massive that it led directly to a change in the homeless laws. He made his feature debut Poor Cow (1967) the following year, and with Kes (1969), he produced what is now acclaimed as one of the finest films ever made in Britain. However, the following two decades saw his career in the doldrums with his films poorly distributed (despite the obvious quality of work such as The Gamekeeper (1968) and Looks and Smiles (1981)) and his TV work in some cases never broadcast (most notoriously, his documentaries on the 1984 miners' strike). But he made a spectacular comeback in the 1990s, with a series of award-winning films firmly establishing him in the pantheon of great European directors - his films have always been more popular in mainland Europe than in his native country or the US (where Riff-Raff (1991) was shown with subtitles because of the wide range of dialects). Hidden Agenda (1990) won the Special Jury Prize at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival; Riff-Raff (1991) won the Felix award for Best European Film of 1992; Raining Stones (1993) won the Cannes Special Jury Prize for 1993, and Land and Freedom (1995) won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival - and was a substantial box-office hit in Spain where it sparked intense debate about its subject matter. This needless to say, was one of the reasons that Loach made the film!

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Brooke

Born on 17th June 1936 Ken Loach won many a  international awards for his films ,last being the awards for his latest film I, Daniel Blake (2016),the Cannes Palme d'Or, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention etc.
    
The 21 st edition of the International Film Festival Of Kerala  has included his 9 films in the retrospective section . The films are:

Fatherland
Director: Ken Loach / UK, West Germany, France / 111 mins

 

Hidden Agenda

Dir: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 108 mins
 

I, Daniel Blake
Dir: Ken Loach / UK, France, Belgium / 100 mins
 

Looking for Eric
Dir: Ken Loach / UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Spain / 116 mins 
 

Kes
Director: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 110 mins
 

Land And Freedom
Dir: Ken Loach / UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France / 109 mins 
 

The Angel’s Share
Dir: Ken Loach /  UK, France, Belgium, Italy / 101 mins 
 

Looks and Smiles
Director: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 104 mins
 

Riff-Raff
Dir: Ken Loach / United Kingdom / 95 mins