Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom charts the experiences of idealistic, unemployed Liverpudlian, David Carne, who as a member of the British Communist Party, joins the fight against Fascism in the early days of the Spanish Civil War. There, David becomes enmeshed in his own side’s political infighting, he begins to learn the compromises, necessities and costs of brutal war.
Bookended by scenes of David’s granddaughter discovering his journals and momentoes in contemporary Liverpool, Land and Freedom takes place in a long flashback finally coming back to the present at his funeral when his granddaughter throws a red kerchief filled with Spanish earth on to Carr’s grave.
Land and Freedom is the first of three films that Loach makes in the late 1990s which focus on issues of international socialism. A contender for the prestigious Palme d’Or and winner of the Ecumenical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 1995 as well as winner of the European Best Film Award (1995), Loach’s Land and Freedom presents 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.
The screening will be introduced by film critic Peter Bradshaw.
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