"The Wind That Shakes
Directed by Ken Loach
Director Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty have
been working together for more than a decade, and it shows in this
simultaneously politicized and humanistic account of the anti-British
uprising in 1920 Ireland. The brilliant cast is led by Cillian Murphy, who
takes up arms with his freedom-fighting brother (Padraic Delaney) after
witnessing British atrocities firsthand. This brutality, however, swings
both ways. "The history presented in The Wind That Shakes the Barley
hardly feels like a closed book or a museum display. It is as alive and as
troubling as anything on the evening news, though far more thoughtful and
beautiful" (A.O. Scott, New York Times). Winner of the Golden Palm at
the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. With Orla Fitzgerald and Liam Cunningham.
Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd. 127 minutes.