Britain's Loach joins Cannes race with Iraq film: report

10th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Ken Loach, the British director who scooped the top prize at Cannes in 2006, on Monday belatedly joined the race for the Palme d'Or with a film on the war in Iraq, a report said.

His "Route Irish", set on the most dangerous stretch of road in Iraq that leads from the airport into central Baghdad, will join 18 other films in the running for the Palme, the Hollywood Reporter magazine said.

It focuses on two British mercenary soldiers in Iraq. One is killed in mysterious circumstances and his colleague rejects the official explanation and tries to find out what really happened.

The movie would be Loach's third entry for the Palme d'Or in the last five years. He took the coveted top prize in 2006 with "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," about Ireland's fight for independence from British rule.

Last year he entered "Looking For Eric," starring ex-footballer Eric Cantona as the imaginary mentor of a Manchester postman down on his luck.

Festival organisers did not immediately confirm that Loach's film would be in the competition whose top prize will be announced on May 23.

Variety magazine reported that that Loach originally did not plan to submit his film for the event but changed his mind at the last minute.

He would be the second British director in the race, the other being Mike Leigh who is presenting "Another Year."

© 2010 AFP

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