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FATHERLAND

UK / West Germany, 1986 (MIFF 1987)

Director: Ken Loach

Ken Loach's uncompromising brand of cinematic 'realism' - documentary camera style, use of non-professional casts, improvisation, realistic unfolding of time within fictional narratives - has cast him as one of the most important, yet 'difficult', directors to emerge from the resurgence of British film in the 1960s. His most recent film, according to Variety, "is an ambiguous yet penetrating work about two opposing cultures and the way they both manipulate and control artistic expression."

Rejected by the East, a folk singer arrives in the West where he is at once lionised by the music industry. Intent on finding his father, who defected 30 years before him, he finds his way to Cambridge, with the help of a female journalist, where he discovers some biting and painful personal truths.

Trevor Griffiths' script and Loach's direction eschew the convenient trappings that would make a thriller or romantic adventure of such material, preferring to explore political and historic themes. Fittingly, the film is Gerulf Pannach's acting debut; he is a musician (he co-wrote the music used in the film) who was forced to leave East Berlin to make a life in the West.

See also...

AE FOND KISS

UK,Spain,Germany,Italy, 2004
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DEAD CREATURES

UK, 2004
Dead Creatures UK,/i>Imagine what Ken Loach would do with a zombie film and you have the flesh-munching treat that is Dead Creatures. This original entry into the grand tradition of films about the w… More »

WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, THE

UK/Ireland/Italy/Germany/Spain, 2006
FRIDAY 11 AUGUST, 9PM - SOLD OUT ... The Wind that Shakes the Barley was winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Both an ardent observer of reality and a deeply committed politi… More »

OCTOBER 17, 1961

France, 2005
“A meticulous and professional re-construction of true events that is imposing and moving precisely thanks to its modesty.” - Rotterdam International Film Festival Inspired by the likes of Ken Lo… More »

LONDON TO BRIGHTON

UK, 2006
“[A] cracking debut feature with enough clout to kick the door in.” - The Guardian London to Brighton is a British gangland thriller by way of Ken Loach. It's 3.07am and two girls burst into a … More »

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