Cannes, Ken Loach surprise in competition with "Route Irish"

Coming to 19 titles in competition at the Festival di Cannes. Just yesterday came the announcement that the British director Ken Loach return for the tenth time at Cannes with a film about the war in Iraq.

"Route Irish", starring Mark Womack, Andrew Lowe and Trevor Williams, follows the adventures of two friends employed as security guards in Iraq who risk their lives in a city devastated by violence. "We saw this film on Sunday, and once they have been given assurances that it would be finished in time, we decided to include it in the competition," he told Agence France Presse direction festivals. "Route Irish" will be presented Thursday, the day of "fair game" and the American Doug Liman of "La Nostra Vita" by Daniele Luchetti. The director of "Land and Freedom" thus reaches his compatriot Mike Leigh in a competition that brings together names like the Iranian Abbas Kiarostami, russian N ikita Mikhalkov, the Mexican Alejandro Inarritu ConzalesThe Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb.

Winner of the Palme d'Or in 2006 for "The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Loach was present at Cannes last year with a critically acclaimed comedy" Cercando Eric "where the footballer Eric Cantona plays himself. Loach has also won the Jury Prize twice, in 1993 with "Raining Stones" (Raining Stones) and three years earlier with "Hidden Agenda" (Hidden Agenda).

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