Cannes: Ken Loach Downplays Past Comments on Retirement Plans

Ken Loach

Saying that "maybe" he will make another film after bringing "Jimmy's Hall" to Cannes as his 12th Palme d'Or contender, the British director says: "It's a hard job to give up."

CANNES – Following a raucous reception for his Cannes competition entry Jimmy's Hall, director Ken Loach on Thursday downplayed his previous comments that this would be his last film, leaving the door open for future films.

The Irish period drama is the 77-year-old British director's 12th Palme d'Or contender. 

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"I said that in a moment of maximum pressure when we hadn't shot a foot of film and the mountain in front of us was quite high, and I thought I can't go through this again," he told a press conference here Thursday morning after his film screened about his future.

"We'll watch the [soccer] World Cup and see what the autumn brings," he added, giving the likelihood of making another film a "maybe."  Said Loach: "It's a hard job to give up."

Later in the press conference, he also alluded to future projects when addressing the industry's move to digital. "We're going to carry on cutting on film - if there's another film," he said. 

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Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights to Jimmy's Hall. Loach's largest production ever, the film focuses on a champion for freedom of speech in church-dominated1920s Ireland. 

Loach has won nine awards at the Cannes festival over the years. Among others, he got the Palme d’Or for 2006’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley, about Ireland’s 1920 civil war. He was also awarded the jury prize for 2012’s The Angel’s Share and the FIPRESCI award for 1979’s Black Jack.