I, Daniel Blake | Denver Film Society | Ken Loach | United Kingdom

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Overview

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, legendary English director Ken Loach’s latest is a stirring inquiry into the impact one man can make on society.

Gruff but well-meaning, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time. The widowed woodworker, who has never owned a computer, lives according to his own common-sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel stands up to fight for his dignity—only to find himself embarking on a one-man crusade against a soulless bureaucracy that will come to transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children.

Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy by a modern master of social realism. (Loach’s Sweet Sixteen won the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film at DFF25.)

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Producer: Rebecca O'Brien | Editor: Jonathan Morris | Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan | Screenwriter: Paul Laverty
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann, Dylan McKiernan
Additional Countries: France, Belgium

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