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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Ken Loach’s Angel’s Share

Gist: A tad bit more mellow than 2009’s Looking For Eric, and working once again with a familiar backdrop in Glasgow, the Paul Laverty and Ken Loach tandem are no less poignant in their assessment of the working class Britain. Tagged as a “bittersweet” comedy (which could draw comparisons to The Full Monty), this is about a second chances and involves a crew of former Loach players in John Henshaw, William Ruane, and Gary Maitland alongside a batch of newcomers.

Prediction: Along with the hardworking Woody Allen, Loach is showing no signs of slowing down and is also a mainstay with the festival with a tally of fifteen Cannes appearances, four wins, including the Palme d’Or for The Wind That Shakes the Barley. That differentiates him from his American counterpart is that his films receive Main Competition status. Will this comedy receive the same slot as his 2009 film?

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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