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‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ For Cannes
20 Apr 2006 :

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

The Irish War of Independence feature film ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ from British director Ken Loach has been selected for official competition at the 59th Cannes Film Festival.

Written by Paul Laverty and shot in Ireland during May/June 2005, the €6.5million film stars Irish actors Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins,

Red Eye), Liam Cunningham (Showbands) and newcomer Padraic Delaney. ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ is named after a 19th Century political song. The film dramatizes the clashes between British ‘Black & Tan’ forces and the Irish ‘Flying Columns’ rebels fighting for independence in 1919.

The 59th Cannes Film Festival takes place between May 17-28, 2006. The festival opens with the World Premiere of Ron Howard’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and will close with Tony Gatlif’s ‘Transylvania’.

‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ will compete with 18 other international titles for the prestigious Palme d'Or and other awards.Other films in competition include, Richard Linklater’s ‘Fast Food Nation’, Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Volver’, Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’, Richard Kelly’s ‘Southland Tales’ and Paolo Sorrentino ‘L’Amico del Famiglia (Friend Of The Family)’.

‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ is an Irish-UK-Italian-German-Spanish co-production. Produced Rebecca O'Brien of UK company Sixteen Films and Dublin based Element Films.

Irish executive producer, Andrew Lowe of Element Films said “We are delighted that ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ has been selected for what amounts to the most prestigious award in the world of film. This is a great credit to Ken, Paul, Rebecca and all the cast and crew, Irish and British, who worked so hard to make this film on a very tight budget. All the team at Element Films, together with Redmond Morris, are very proud of our involvement in this film and look forward to its general release in June when the Irish public will have the opportunity to judge the film for themselves.”

Simon Perry, Chief Executive, Irish Film Board said, “Ken Loach and the production team behind this film must be congratulated on a tremendous achievement. ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ deals with an important and difficult period in Irish history from a strictly human point of view. This is the first film selected for competition in Cannes since John Boorman’s 'The General' and we are delighted that Ireland will once again be represented at the world’s most prestigious festival.”

The Official Selection:

Opening film
The Da Vinci Code (dir:Ron Howard)

Closing film
Transylvania (Tony Gatlif)

In competition
Flandres (Bruno Dumont)
Selon Charlie (Nicole Garcia)
Quand j’etais Chaunteur (When I was a Singer) (Xavier Giannoli)
Volver (Pedro Almodovar)
Red Road (Andrea Arnold)
La Raison Du Plus Faible (The Weakest Is Always Right) (Lucas Belvaux)
Indegenes (Days Of Glory) (Rachid Bouchareb)
Iklimer (Climates) (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
Juventude em Marcha (Pedro Costa)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro)
Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
Lights In The Dusk (Aki Kaurismaki)
Southland Tales (Richard Kelly)
Fast Food Nation (Richard Linklater)
The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Ken Loach)
Summer Palace (Lou Ye)
The Caiman (Nanni Moretti)
L’Amico del Famiglia (Friend Of The Family) (Paolo Sorrentino)

Official selection - Out Of Competition special screenings
United 93 (Paul Greengrass)
X-Men 3: The Last Stand (Brett Ratner)
Over The Hedge (Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick)

Official selection: Midnight screenings
Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell)
Election 2 (Johnnie To)
Guisi (Silk) (Su Chao-pin)


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