Ken Loach’s Scottish film The Angels’ Share to compete for Palme d'Or at Cannes

Acclaimed director Ken Loach’s “bittersweet comedy caper” The Angels’ Share, which is set in Glasgow and concerns a love of whisky, is set to compete for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes film festival next month.

Loach is up for the prize alongside the likes of David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis), Michael Haneke (Love), Walter Salles (On The Road) and Wes Anderson (MoonlightKingdom).

One of film’s most coveted prizes, the 75-year-old English director won the Palme d'Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and has been nominated for the award on amazing 11 previous occasions.

Loach again collaborated with Scottish screenwriter Paul Laverty on The Angels’ Share, who also provided the script for Loach’s other Scottish movies Sweet SixteenAe Fond Kiss... and The Wind That Shakes the Barley, as well as My Name is Joe and Carla's Song.

The Angels’ Share introduces Robbie, an ex-offender and new father who embarks on an adventure with his new found friends to a whisky distillery and discovers that turning to drink might just change his life.

Set entirely in Scotland, and starring newcomer Paul Brannigan alongside John Henshaw (Early Doors) and Roger Allam (V for Vendetta, Speed Racer), The Angels’ Share is released in UK cinemas on June 1.

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