British films vie for top Cannes Film Festival prize

Three British films in the running for Palme D'Or

After last year when there was a dismal total of zero films from the UK in the running for the top prize, British moviemaking has staged a Cannes comeback with three British films on the shortlist for the coveted Palme D’Or.

Ken Loach, who won the Palme D’Or in 2006 with ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley‘ is hoping he can repeat that feat with his latest film ‘Looking For Eric‘, about a Mancunian postman who forms an unlikely friendship with former Manchester United star, Eric Cantona, played by himself.

Another British director hoping to repeat past success is Andrea Arnold, whose first film, ‘Red Road‘, won the Cannes Prix de Jury in 2005. Her latest offering, ‘Fish Tank‘ is a coming-of-age drama about a 15-year-old girl coming to terms with her mother’s new boyfriend.

Also backed by public funding from the UK, is the latest movie from Australian director Jane Campion, ‘Bright Star‘ which tells the story of John Keats‘s ill-fated love affair with his young neighbour Fanny Brawne.

Other films on the shortlist include offerings by heavyweight directors such as Pedro Almodovar (once again teaming up with favourite muse Penelope Cruz), Ang Lee and,  Quentin Tarantino, the only American director on the list.

‘British film is flying right now,’ said John Woodward, Chief Executive of the UK Film Council.

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival opens on 13 May, with the closing ceremony taking place on 24 May.

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