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Peacock Picks – Masterstrokes

 

I, Daniel Blake
Dir: Ken Loach
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With a career that spans over five decades, director Ken Loach is one of the most respected working directors today. This story of a carpenter surviving on government benefits and a single mother, won the Palm d’ Or at Cannes this year giving Loach the most coveted award for the second time at the festival.

The Graduation
Dir: Cristian Mungiu
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Among the most original voices from the past decade, the Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu brings a tale about the virtue of morality, where a father struggling for his daughter’s future compromises the principles he taught her to live by. It bagged the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2016.

The Salesman
Dir: Asghar Farhadi
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Asghar Farhadi’s local rendition Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman sees a young couple’s personal relationship take a hit after moving into a house that was previously inhabited by a woman who allegedly was a prostitute.

Paterson
Dir: Jim Jarmusch
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A bus driver otherwise, but a poet at heart. Paterson has Adam Driver play a character who has a deep nostalgia for the vanished world and takes time from his daily routine to express his heart. The film competed for the prestigious Palme d’Or and won the Palm Dog Award.

Death in Sarajevo
Dir: Danis Tanovic
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Danis Tanovic’s film reconfigures and expands the play Hotel Europe by Bernard-Henri Levy, seizing on today’s frustrations in the Bosnian capital to reflect on a hundred years of conflict and bloodshed among close neighbours.