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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.

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“It's also a cruel world, populated by capitalist tools and fools, schemers and dreamers of every stripe, accent and ethnicity.” - The New York Times ... The latest film from socialist and social ... More »

SPIRIT OF 45, The

"The film works all at once as a lament, a celebration and a wake-up call to modern politicians and voters." – Time Out London ... Focusing on the pivotal post-WWII era in British history ... More »

RIFF-RAFF

... ... Ken Loach's work has been marked over the 30-odd years of his career by a sensi­tive if uncompromising eye. He has turned his gaze on social injustice in no uncommon terms and has broken ... More »

LOOKING FOR ERIC

Due to circumstances beyond MIFF's control, LOOKING FOR ERIC will no longer screen at the festival. See here for details. ... “Ken Loach in feelgood mode.” - Independent ... Former soccer star ... More »

THE ANGELS' SHARE

Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes. ... Ken Loach teams up with long-time collaborator Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, MIFF 06) for The Angels' Share, a funny and affectionate crime ... More »

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