Cannes Film Festival: the Palme d'Or effect

Time Out explores the fortunes of the past decade’s Palme d'Or winners

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2006: The Wind that Shakes the Barley

He won the Jury Prize at the 2012 Festival, and Ken Loach is the only Brit to have been garlanded with the Palme d’Or in the past decade. But not everyone was celebrating when his tale of the Irish war of independence against British rule scooped the top prize. Here was the Daily Mail’s verdict: ‘Why does Ken Loach hate his country so much?’

The country was clearly on Loach’s side: ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’ was the director’s biggest box office success (grossing £3.9 million worldwide) – making it one of the rare exceptions where a Palme d’Or converts into commercial clout.


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