» The documentary "Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach" will be screened after the opening screening of "I, Daniel Blake".

Having been given a health-check by a council worker with no medical training, 60-something carpenter Daniel Blake is astounded to be told that he is fit for work and will be denied sickness benefit. Daniel is recovering from a cardiac arrest and has been instructed by his doctor to recuperate. The box-ticking, inflexible bureaucrats don’t seem to care about that however, nor how he is supposed to provide for himself, and he promptly becomes swallowed up in a system so frustratingly absurd, and unfortunately so real, that it is almost Kafkaesque.

The anger here is visceral and pulsating; the problem writ large, but unlike many directors whose films tackle systemized poverty - Loach never fetishizes or uses it as an aesthetic - rather, he presents his audience with a solution and a deeply positive one at that: compassion. It’s time for society to rediscover its humanity and watching »I, Daniel Blake« would be a tremendously good way to start.


I, Daniel Blake will open the festival and the director Ken Loach vill visit the screening and talk to the Swedish audience. You are welcome to Skandia at 5.30 p.m. for mingle. Later on we will host an exclusive Face2face with the director and screen I, Daniel Blake and Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach, the documentary on the life and times of Ken Loach.

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I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach
UK, France, Belgium
100 min
Special Presentations
Swedish subtitles
Production year
Original title
I, Daniel Blake
Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
Rebecca O'Brien
Paul Laverty
George Fenton
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