Land and Freedom (1995), Ken Loach

Land and Freedom (1995), Ken Loach

Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom charts the experiences of an idealistic working-class Liverpudlian, David Carne, who joins the fight against Fascism in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. Bracketed by scenes of David’s grand daughter discovering his journals in contemporary Liverpool, David joins the fight against fascism.  As David becomes enmeshed in his own side’s political infighting, he begins to learn the compromises, necessities and costs of brutal war.

Land and Freedom was the first of three films that Loach made in the late 1990s which focus on issues of international socialism. A contender for the prestigious Palme d’Or, as well as winner of the European Best Film Award (1995), Loach’s Land and Freedom boasts dramatic battle scenes, fine period detail, and a humanist screenplay, written by Jim Allen as well as a beautiful central performance from Ian Hart, making the film one of Loach’s most intelligent and intimate works.

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