• To coincide with the Cannes premiere of his latest film, Route Irish, English social-realist director Ken Loach (Kes, Hidden Agenda) has written a short reminiscence for the Guardian’s ongoing Films That Changed My Life series. His selection is, perhaps unsurprisingly, that benchmark of cinematic realism Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, which, he writes, “made me realise that cinema could be about ordinary people and their dilemmas. It wasn’t a film about stars, or riches or absurd adventures. I was able to see cinema in another light.” Read the article, in which two other films in the Criterion Collection also get shout-outs from Loach as influences: Milos Forman’s Loves of a Blonde and Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers.

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