I, Daniel Blake

  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Section: Best of
  • Great Britain, France, Belgium
  • 2016 / 101 min.
  • Director: Ken Loach
  • Cast: David Johns, Natalie Ann Jamieson, Colin Coombs, Harriet Ghost
  • English version with Czech subtitles

Contact: Film Europe

“How much indifference can a human hear take?”

This imploring and almost unpleasantly current motion picture tells the story of fifty-year-old Daniel Blake from Newcastle who, after suffering a heart attack, finds himself in an exhausting cycle of paperwork as he attempts to enroll in welfare. While trying to wade through absurd bureaucracies, he meets Katie, a single mother of two who has one chance to avoid ending up in a homeless shelter – take an apartment in an unfamiliar city 300 miles away. Each in their own way, Daniel and Katie try to come to terms with an unjust system without losing the rest of their dignity.

Awards: BAFTA 2017: Outstanding British Film of the Year. European Film Awards 2016: European University Film Award. Cannes FF 2016: Palme d’Or, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Locarno IFF 2016, San Sebastián IFF 2016, Stockholm FF 2016: Audience Award. British Independent Film Awards 2016: Best Actor, Most Promising Newcomer. Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2016: Best Film, Best Actor. And many other prizes.


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