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Sorry We Missed You – Ken Loach

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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #41. Sorry We Missed You – Ken Loach

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #41. Sorry We Missed You – Ken Loach

Sorry We Missed You

One of Britain’s most notable filmmakers of all time, the two-time Palme d’Or winning Ken Loach will be set with his new social issue drama Sorry We Missed You in 2019. Produced by his regular collaborator Rebecca O’Brien and is the director’s fourth consecutive film handled by eOne. His latest stars Kris Hitchen (who previously had a supporting role in Loach’s 2001 title The Navigators) along with Debbie Honeywood, Katie Proctor, Alfie Dobson and Rhys Stone. As mentioned, Loach is one of a select few auteurs to win thePalme d’Or twice (for 2006’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley and 2016’s I, Daniel Blake), having competed a total of thirteen times (besides the aforementioned, with Looks and Smiles, 1981; Hidden Agenda, 1990; Raining Stones, 1993; Land and Freedom, 1995; My Name is Joe, 1998; Bread and Roses, 2000; Sweet Sixteen, 2002; Looking for Eric, 2009; Route Irish, 2010; The Angels’ Share, 2012; Jimmy’s Hall, 2014) winning the Ecumenical Jury Prize in 1981, 1990, 1995, 2009, and 2016, a FIPRESCI Prize for 1991’s Riff Raff and 1979’s Black Jack, and the Jury Prize in 1993 and 2012. Loach competed twice in Berlin, winning the Ecumenical Jury Prize for 1994’s Ladybird, Ladybird and taking the same prize again for 2004’s Ae Fond Kiss…Loach has also competed four times in Venice (Fatherland, 1986; Carla’s Song, 1996; The Navigators, 2001; It’s a Free World, 2007).

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Gist: Co-written by Loach’s usual scribe Paul Laverty, this tells the story of a working class family still struggling to get their financial bearing following the 2008 financial crisis. In an effort to win economic dependence, a father decides to buy his own van and start a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver.

Release Date/Prediction: A six-week shoot began in Newcastle in September, 2018. Given Loach’s track record, we expect him to compete at Cannes for the fourteenth time with Sorry We Missed You.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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