Posted by · 3:39 pm · April 2nd, 2009

With the “news” (which has, of course, been common knowledge for the better part of a year) that Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” is set to compete at Cannes, it’s time to start contemplating what else might appear in the festival lineup.

For my money, one of the safest bets has to be Ken Loach’s latest, “Looking For Eric.” A comedy centred on a working-class football fanatic who receives life coaching from legendary French footballer Eric Cantona, it looks like a refreshingly fanciful departure for a filmmaker celebrated usually for bleaker social-realist fare. That may not exactly sound like a festival gimme, but it’s been almost two decades since a Loach feature didn’t compete at one of the three major European fests — Cannes being the most hospitable of his work.

Loach has an enviable track record at the Croisette — though 2005’s “The Wind That Shakes The Barley,” which finally netted him the Palme d’Or after eight attempts, never really caught on after the festival. The chirpy teaser below suggests to me that “Looking For Eric” may find more of an audience, even if it’s less award-friendly than previous Loach efforts. (Thanks to commenter Han for the tip.)

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  • 1 4-02-2009 at 5:26 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Ken Loach is a beast. He’s one of the few filmmakers who has my money no matter what.

  • 2 4-02-2009 at 7:10 pm

    Michael McKay said...

    I thought “The Wind That Shakes The Barley” was a tremendous film. One of, if not, Loach’s best. I could never understand why that film didn’t receive more attention after performing so well at various festivals. It’s hard hitting, very well shot, and boasts several powerful performances. I liked it alot better the “Michael Collins” which covered some of the same subject matter.

  • 3 4-03-2009 at 12:46 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I wasn’t greatly enamoured of “Barley,” I must admit — but yeah, I was terribly surprised that it disappeared so quickly.

    I prefer him when he’s working on a more intimate, domestic scale — not many filmmakers can boast a debut/sophomore one-two punch as powerful as “Poor Cow” and “Kes.”

  • 4 4-03-2009 at 10:55 am

    A.J said...

    Up competes too, right? I can’t remember if the opening film is in competition…

  • 5 4-03-2009 at 3:21 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    As far as I know, “Up” isn’t competing, AJ. The opening film can be in or out of competition.

  • 6 4-03-2009 at 5:51 pm

    Eunice said...

    First of all, Guy, thanks for introducing me to Ken Loach. (Yes, I’ve never heard of him before till now.) Second of all, I’m liking this film already. With this movie and ‘Up’, I’m liking the festival line-up already.