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|Loach Casts Critical Eye Over Cannes
- Director appointed head of Critics Week
RESPECTED British film director Ken Loach has been chosen to act as patron of Cannes Critics week, which runs in conjunction with the Cannes Film festival.
Loach is only the second patron of the event, which showcases the work of new film-makers, following Bernardo Bertolucci who presided over last year's Critics Week. Loach's second film, Kes, shot him to international fame after being screened as part of Critics Week in 1970. The film will be screened again at this year's event scheduled to take place in May.
Commenting on his appointment as patron, Loach said: "It's so nice to go to Cannes without having to present a film. In spite of what people say, most people go to Cannes to see people and talk about them. This is what I'm looking forward to doing this year,"
Loach has been nominated six times for the prestigious Palme D'or and won the Jury Prize twice. His new film, Bread And Roses, is set to hit UK screens later this year, while Loach is also to direct the Party Political Broadcast for the Socialist Alliance in the run up to the June 7 General Election in the UK.