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Ken Loach in the running for Palme d'Or award

By Lucy Bogustawski

British director Ken Loach will return to Cannes today where his latest film is again in the running for the coveted Palme d'Or.

LOACH ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS

By Lucy Bogustawski, Press Association, in Cannes

It was just six years ago that Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley took home the main prize at the festival and his latest offering, The Angels' Share, could well secure him a second award.

The bittersweet comedy focuses on Glaswegian boy Robbie, played by Paul Brannigan, who is locked in a family feud and looking for a way out.

When his young girlfriend Leonie, portrayed by Siobhan Reilly, gives birth to their son Luke, he swears the child will not lead the same stricken life.

While carrying out community service he meets Rhino, Albert and Mo, who can all only dream of a steady job and the four turn to drink to find a way out.

Audiences will find out how one of the best malt whiskies in the world and the "angels' share" will change each of the character's lives.

Loach, who is also known for his films Kes and Sweet Sixteen, said he was inspired to make this film because of the challenges facing young people today.

"Late last year, the number of unemployed young people in Britain reached over a million for the first time," he said.

"We wanted to tell a story about this generation of young people, a lot of whom face an empty future.

"They can be pretty sure that they won't get a job, a permanent job, a secure job.

"Just what effect does that have on people and how do they see themselves?"

The director, along with members of the film's cast, will attend a festival press conference today ahead of the premiere of the film this evening.

The Angels' Share is one of the films being judged for the Palme d'Or by a jury that includes actor Ewan McGregor.

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