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Loach to speak on new thriller

Published 21/05/2010 | 06:06

Ken Loach will talk about Route Irish in Cannes
Ken Loach will talk about Route Irish in Cannes

British director Ken Loach will talk about his new film Route Irish at the Cannes Film Festival.

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The political thriller was a last-minute addition to the competition, with Cannes organisers announcing its inclusion just days before the festival opened.

Starring Mark Womack and Andrea Lowe, the film explores the role played by private security experts in Iraq.

It follows former SAS officer Fergus, played by Womack, as he investigates the death of his closest friend on Route Irish, the road running between Baghdad's airport and the city's international 'Green Zone'.

Loach won the Palme d'Or in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley and competed last year with Looking For Eric, featuring Eric Cantona.

Fellow Briton Mike Leigh, Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Doug Liman, whose film Fair Game screened this week, are also among the 19 directors competing for the prize this year.

The winner of the Palme d'Or will be announced on Sunday.

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