Cannes According To ... Ken Loach: "Don't Believe the Hype"

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Ken Loach

The director of 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley' and 'I, Daniel Blake' shares his take on the Croisette.

Do you have any Cannes rituals?

I always forget where I have put my black tie.

Is there anything you bring with you to every festival (or anything you can’t do without)?

Yes — nervous anxiety.

Where’s the best place to avoid during the festival?

Anywhere that has film people shouting at each other.

Is there anywhere you go to get away from the madness of the Croisette and escape for a while?

Any quiet bar that shows football.

What’s your favorite Cannes meal? Is there a restaurant you go back to each time?

Something fishy in the old town.

Do you have an "Only in Cannes" moment?

Being in the cheapest hotel one year and one of the most expensive the next.

What’s the most peculiar thing you’ve been asked in a press conference?

"Why do you hate your country?" from an imperialist and a royalist.

Do you have a favorite Cannes memory?

A cup of tea after the closing ceremony in 2006.

Do you have any advice to a director heading to Cannes for the first time?

Don’t believe the hype!

How has Cannes changed over the years that you’ve been attending?

It hasn’t. I’ve just got older.