Ken Loach's 'Angels' Share' to Open Canada's Atlantic Film Festival

Ken Loach

For some it wouldn’t be Cannes without Ken Loach. The British auteur has won prizes in Cannes dating back to 1979's Black Jack, and took home the Palme d’Or last time he was there for 2006's The Wind That Shakes The Barley. In all Loach has negotiated the Croisette's famous red carpet a staggaring 10 times. His latest, The Angel's Share, teams him with writer Paul Laverty for an uncharacteristically lighthearted romp about some down-on-their-luck ex cons trying to go straight.

The Berlin award winner "A Royal Affair" by Nikolaj Arcel will close the Canadian fest, set to run from September 13 to 20.

TORONTO -- The 32nd annual Atlantic Film Festival will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes jury prize winner The Angel’s Share on September 13.

And the Halifax festival will close on September 20 with A Royal Affair, by Danish director Nikolaj Arcel and the winner of the best actor and best screenplay trophies in Berlin.

Fest organizers also booked gala screenings for Halifax director Shandi Mitchell’s The Disappeared, which was shot locally and stars Billy Campbell and Shawn Doyle, and Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, which will bow in Toronto.

Also transferring from Toronto to Halifax are Inch'Allah by Canadian director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Ruba Nadda’s Syrian drama Inescapable, Susanne Bier’s Love is All You Need, Antiviral by Brandon Cronenberg, which bowed in Cannes, as did Rust & Bone, by French director Jacques Audiard.

"There are several emerging filmmakers at this year's festival with a staggering 25 first-time features in our program, including five dramas from Halifax filmmakers alone," festival director Lia Rinaldo said Tuesday after unveiling the Atlantic festival lineup.