'I, Daniel Blake": British director Ken Loach wins Cannes top prize Palme d'Or

AFP , Sunday 22 May 2016

Ken Loach
British director Ken Loach talks during during a photocall on May 13, 2016 for the film "I, Daniel Blake" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France (Photo: AFP)

British director Ken Loach took the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes film festival Sunday for the second time in a decade for his moving drama "I, Daniel Blake" about the shame of poverty in austerity-hit Europe.

The left-wing director, who turns 80 next month, is known for shining a light on the downtrodden.

The film tells the story of carpenter Daniel Blake's Kafkaesque journey to get benefits in Britain after suffering a heart attack.

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