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    A Scottish Flavour at Cannes Festival: The Angels’ Share…


    Logo Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival Source Wikipedia


    Cheers! What about sharing a dram of whisky on the mythical place of  ‘La Croisette’ ? There’s something to celebrate there, something with a very recognizable Scottish flavour ;-).

    The Angels’ Share (La part des anges)Ken Loach’s new film has just been awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and it has something to do with Glasgow and the Scottish distilleries. If you want to know more, don’t miss the film when it comes out in the theaters on June 1st 2012 (it will be at the end of June in France).

    France Provence-Alpes Côte-d'Azur, Alpes Maritimes, Cannes panoramic view Wikipedia

    Panoramic view of Cannes - Source Wikipedia

    The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from May 16 to May 27, 2012.  On the last day of this festival, the bad weather being  a good reason to go to the cinema rather than to the beach ;-), the Palme d’Or was awarded to Austrian director Michael Haneke for his film Love (with Jean-Louis Trintignant , Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert). Haneke previously won the Palme d’Or in 2009 for The White Ribbon. The jury gave the Grand Prize to Matteo Garrone’s Reality, while Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share was awarded the Jury Prize.

    The Angels' Share poster Source Wikipedia

    The Angels' Share poster Source Wikipedia

    The Angels’ Share  is a social comedy which takes place in Glasgow and in the ‘arcanes’ of the mysterious and flavoured world of the Scottish distilleries. It could be ironically subtitled ‘How whisky can lead to social reintegration’…

    Robbie, the heroe of this comedy is a happy new father but also a former delinquent whose past is always catching up with him. Hardly avoiding jail he is required to perform community services. Then, his meeting with Harry, a devoted youth worker in charge of a group of young delinquents,  is going to change his life by introducing him to the world of whisky of which he is an expert. In this film we’ll learn how Robbie starts his own whisky distillery.

    Below is the casting of The Angel’s Share :

    •     Paul BRANNIGAN – Robbie
    •     John HENSHAW – Harry
    •     Gary MAITLAND – Albert
    •     Jasmin RIGGINS – Mo
    •     William RUANE – Rhino
    •     Roger ALLAM – Thaddeus
    •     Siobhan REILLY – Leonie

    And the well-known film director:

    Ken Loach at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

    Ken Loach at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

    In 2006 Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film festival for his well praised film The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Le vent se lève).

    The Wind That Shakes the Barley movie poster

    The Wind That Shakes the Barley movie poster

    The film tells the story of two brothers from County Cork who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War  (1919-1923).

    Its title comes from the song ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’.


    1990-2000 Cannes Film Festival Patchwork Wikipedia

    1990-2000 Cannes Film Festival Patchwork Wikipedia

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    Below is a reminder of the greatest prizes awarded at Cannes Film Festival:

    • Palme d’Or – Golden Palm
    • Grand Prix – Grand Prize of the Festival
    • Prix du Jury – Jury Prize
    • Palme d’Or du court métrage – Best Short Film
    • Prix d’interprétation féminine – Best Actress
    • Prix d’interprétation masculine – Best Actor
    • Prix de la mise en scène – Best Director
    • Prix du scénario – Best Screenplay

    I’m looking forward to discovering this film, aren’t you?

    A bientôt.






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