A Golden Bear to Ken Loach for the entirety of his career
by Bénédicte Prot
- The Berlin Film Festival will not only reward the great English filmmaker but also dedicated a Tribute section dedicated to 10 of his films
Although the English social cinema giant, Ken Loach, never came to the Berlinale without receiving a prize (and he was invited four times), the 64th edition of the great German event (February 6 to 16, 2014) will give him, for the entirety of his career, the only missing trophee: the Golden Bear.
Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlinale, declared: "Ken Loach is one of Europe’s great directors. Over his almost 50-year career, he has shown an extraordinary degree of continuity, while remaining innovative at all times.” He also praised his “profound interest in people and their individual fates, as well as his critical commitment to society” and the humour with which Loach sheds light on social injustices.
Loach, who is often helped by remarkable scriptwriter Paul Laverty, has won a plethora of awards, notably in Cannes, where he presented 14 films and received nearly as many prizes, including the Palme d’or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
interview: Ken Loach
interview: Rebecca O’Brien
film profile] and the Prize of the Jury last year with The Angels’ Share [+see also:
interview: Ken Loach
film profile], which was also chosen as Best European Film by the public in San Sebastian. In Venice, where the director who sometimes makes documentaries and always remains resolutely European (many of his films are coproductions with other Old Continent countries) never came either without receiving a prize, Ken Loach received a Golden Lion for his career in 1994.
Besides this award, the Berlin Film Festival will also dedicate a Tribute programme to the director, presenting 10 of his films, such as the devastating Cathy Come Home (1966), the sympathetic Looking for Eric [+see also:
interview: Cannes 2009
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film profile] (2009), Kes (1969), Raining Stones (1993), Land and Freedom (1995), My Name is Joe (1998) and Sweet Sixteen [+see also:
film profile] (2002).
(Translated from French)
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