British director Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.
It was the 79-year-old film-maker’s second best picture award at the festival following the success of The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006.
The film explores the impact of the UK welfare system on a middle-aged widower in Newcastle after a heart attack.
The top prize at the 69th staging of the festival was announced by actor Mel Gibson.
Loach criticised the austerity policies being adopted across Europe as he accepted the award,
“We must give a message of hope, we must say another world is possible,” he said.
“The world we live in is at a dangerous point right now. We are in the grip of a dangerous project of austerity driven by ideas that we call neo-liberalism that have brought us to near catastrophe,”
The Iranian film Forushande (The Salesman) by Asghar Farhadi won two awards Cannes – best screenplay, and best actor, won by Shahab Hosseini.
The Grand Prix went to Juste la Fin du Monde (It’s Just the End of the World), directed by Canada’s Xavier Dolan, while Jaclyn Jose won best actress for her role in Brillante Mendoza’s Ma’ Rosa.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment