V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

I, Daniel Blake

V' 16

I, Daniel Blake

Ich, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach
GB/F/B, 2016
Fiction, 100min, OmdU

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I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach
GB/F/B, 2016
Fiction, 100min, OmdU

Actors: 
Hayley Squires
Katie
Dave Johns
Dan
Briana Shann
Daisy
Dylan McKiernan
Dylan
Screenplay: 
Paul Laverty
Camera: 
Robbie Ryan
Editor: 
Jonathan Morris
Composer: 
George Fenton

Production: 
Sixteen Films
Why Not Productions
Wild Bunch
Les Films du Fleuve
BBC Films
BFI
France 2 Cinéma
VOO De TV
World Sales: 
Wild Bunch
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color

Fifty years since Ken Loach raged against homelessness in his television play CATHY COME HOME, he has made a film infused with the same quiet but righteous anger about the failings of society. I, DANIEL BLAKE is the story of an unlikely but tender friendship between Katie, a single mother from London with two kids, and Dan, a salt-of-the-earth carpenter in his late fifties who’s out of work and recovering from a heart attack. Both Katie and Dan are feeling the sharp end of the shrinking welfare state: Katie has been forced to move her children north to Newcastle to find an apartment; Dan is stuck in a nightmarish bureacratic limbo between work, illness and benefits. “We’re digital by default,” a job-center worker tells this man who’s never used a computer, pointing him toward yet another online form. The language of impersonal bureaucracy runs throughout the film. It’s blackly comic until it begins to sound threatening, even deadly.
There are no histrionics here, no crowd-pleasing gestures, barely any score. It’s a spare film, muted in color, unflashy, and all the more powerful for it. It is perhaps Loach’s most unassuming, straightforward film since THE NAVIGATORS. It goes in for the kill almost meekly. (Dave Calhoun)

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