I, Daniel Blake

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I, Daniel Blake


Sunday Jun 18 07:30 PM
Tuesday Jun 20 01:00 PM
Tuesday Jun 20 07:30 PM
Wednesday Jun 21 01:00 PM
Wednesday Jun 21 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Ken Loach. USA. 2016. 100 mins.

Ken Loach is 80, and at the top of his social realist game—I, Daniel Blake took the top 2016 Cannes prize (his second one). He quietly raises an everyday story about a working-class hero to art. A 59-year-old carpenter—Daniel Blake—recovering from a heart attack befriends Katie, a single mother of two, as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-room homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in a no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of “striver and skiver” in modern-day Britain. Set in a bleak Newcastle, the New York Times’ Stephen Holden writes, “Its performances are so fine-tuned that you often feel you are watching a Frederick Wiseman documentary.” When the film premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the audience gave it a 15-minute standing ovation.

Read The New York Times review

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