Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #87. Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake

Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Paul Laverty

Many assumed British auteur Ken Loach‘s 2014 film Jimmy’s Hall would be his last, mostly because Loach himself was expressing the idea before the film went into production. But he’s forged on with another feature, titled I, Daniel Blake, penned by Paul Laverty (who penned Hall plus Loach’s 2012 The Angels’ Share and his Palme d’Or winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley). Starring Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, the film focuses on a middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, and is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Cast: Hayley Squires, Natalie Ann Jamieson, Colin Coombs, Dave Johns

Production Co./Producer(s): Sixteen Films’ Rebecca O’Brien, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, BFI, BBC Films

U.S. Distributor: Rights available. TBD (domestic) Wild Bunch (international).

: Loach has competed for the Palme d’Or twelve times, most recently in 2014 with Jimmy’s Hall. We can assume I, Daniel Blake will be granted the same platform considering this may actually be Loach’s last feature.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)

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