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Loach belatedly added to Cannes competition

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The organisers of the Cannes Festival have confirmed that Ken Loach’s latest film Route Irish has been added to this year’s official competition, just a day before the event kicks off on the French Riviera.
Loach – who won the prestigious Palme d’Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes The Barley and was up for the prize last year with Looking For Eric – brings the number of British directors in this year’s competition to two.
Mike Leigh’s Another Year is also in the running for the top prize.
Route Irish – about two British mercenaries in Iraq – is the nineteenth film to be added to the competition, in a year that some commentators fear could be lack lustre, because of a relative shortage of big films and big names.
The festival opens today (May 12) with one of the few blockbusters to be screened on the Croisette, Sir Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood, which is showing out of competition.
The winner of the Palme d’Or will be announced at the closing ceremony on May 23.

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