Cannes: Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' Lands at Sundance Selects

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
'I, Daniel Blake'

The drama, which marks Loach's 13th film, had its world premiere on May 13 and is playing in competition.

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Ken Loach's drama I, Daniel Blake.

Sources say Sundance Selects and The Orchard had been battling it out for the film, which Wild Bunch is selling.

Written by Paul Laverty, it centers on a middle-aged carpenter (Dave Johns) who requires state welfare after injuring himself and is joined by a single mother (Hayley Squires) in a similar scenario.

Micky McGregor and Stephen Campbell co-star.

I, Daniel Blake, which marks Loach's 13th film, had its world premiere on May 13 at Cannes and is playing in competition. It is garnering some of the best reviews for Loach in recent years. The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney wrote in his review: "The film is anchored by incisive characterizations rich in integrity and heart, and by an urgent simplicity in its storytelling that's surprisingly powerful."

Loach, a previous Palme d'Or winner for The Wind That Shakes the Barley, has an ardent following in the U.S.

Rebecca O'Brien (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) produced I, Daniel Blake.

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