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Director Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake wins 2016 Palme d'Or

May 24, 2016 11:17 IST

I, Daniel BlakeBritish director Ken Loach's film I, Daniel Blake on 22 May 2016 won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival.

It was Loach's second award for best picture at the festival after 2006's The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Who is Ken Loach?

Loach is an English film and television director.

He is known for his naturalistic, social realist directing style and for his socialist ideals.

His 1969 film Kes was voted the 7th greatest British film of the 20th century in a poll by the British Film Institute.

About Palme d'Or

The Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

It was introduced in 1955 by the organising committee.

In 1955, the first Palme d'Or was awarded to Delbert Mann for Marty.

As of 2016, Jane Campion is the only female director to have won the Palme d'Or for The Piano.

In 2015, Jacques Audiard had won the Palme d'Or for Dheepan.

About Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France.

It previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world.

It was founded in 1946.

On 1 July 2014, co-founder and former head of French pay-TV operator Canal+ Pierre Lescure took over as President of the festival.

The Board of Directors also appointed Gilles Jacob as Honorary President of the festival.

The 2016 Cannes Film Festival took place between 11 May and 22 May 2016. Australian film director George Miller was the President of the Jury.

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