I, Daniel Blake
In development. A film by Remi Lainé
Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old worker who has suffered a heart attack, discovers the brutality of Newcastle’s social services, obsessed with “hunting the fake unemployed”. Although his doctor has forbidden him to work, the administration refuses to continue paying him compensation and forces him to look for a job under penalty of punishment. Daniel Blake’s absurd and hopeless quest will earn Ken Loach his second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Shot in England, Rémi Lainé’s documentary will show how the neo-liberalism that has been in power in the United Kingdom for 40 years is, for Ken Loach, “cruelty” towards the most destitute. He will recount the polemics that this punch film has sparked up to the House of Commons. Finally, he will explain how the film’s striking realism is the result of a long field investigation, an impeccable cast, the director’s unparalleled know-how and instincts, and a huge amount of teamwork.