Land and Freedom

  • Dir: Ken Loach

  • UK/Spain/Germany, 1995, 109 mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Iciar Bollain

Ken Loach’s homage to Catalonia in a grand epic, the film begins with the death of David Carr, a Liverpudlian downtrodden idealist who went to fight fascism in the Spainish Civil War in 1936. Falling in love with the fiery revolutionary Blanca and falling into a rat’s nest of bloody infighting in the left camp, he ends up tearing up his Communist party card and returns to Britain only with a red neckerchief full of Spanish earth. With a true socialist’s moral vision, Loach’s real triumph is, perhaps, to keep alive the fight for the dream of a better world.

1995 Cannes Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
1995 European Film Awards, Best European Film

Further Readings:
Land and Freedom, From Loach on Loach by Ken Loach and edited by Graham Fuller (London: Faber and Faber, 1998)



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