Talk Cinema: I, Daniel Blake

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Directed by Ken Loach

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Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from the legendary director and social justice activist Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff, but goodhearted Brit Daniel Blake is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who has never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code.

After a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, the film is a moving, essential reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers. A selection of the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. 2016, U.K., DCP, 100 minutes.

This month’s discussion will be moderated by Mark Rabinowitz, co-founder of IndieWire, the leading news, information and networking site for independent-minded filmmaker, the industry, and movie fans alike. He has also been active in the film world as a producer, journalist, publicist, film festival staffer and consultant since 1995. In these roles, he has attended over 150 film festivals including, Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Rotterdam, Los Angeles and New York.

About Harlan Jacobson’s Talk Cinema:
This national series, programmed by the venerable film critics and curators Harlan and Susan Jacobson, features a sneak preview screening of an art house film before its release, followed by a discussion. The films are not announced until the week of the screening, with clues dropped in Speed social media a few days before. This series occurs monthly with events through April.

Last year’s selections included provocative documentaries, indie comedies, foreign films, and Oscar-nominated titles such as 45 Years, Dheepan, and The Lady in the Van—all prior to their release. The September selection was the adaptation of the best-selling book A Man Called Ove.
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