I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach

PLEASE NOTE: This film will be screened with DUTCH subtitles.


Five distinguished guests choose a significant ‘Movie That Matters’ which they believe everyone should have seen. Micha Wertheim, Hanna Verboom, Sylvana Simons, Linda Polman and Sanne Vogel have each chosen a film and they will explain their choice during the festival.

Sanne Vogel’s pick: I, Daniel Blake. pick: She says: ‘I, Daniel Blake is a heart-wrenching film. The film touched me so deeply and it immediately helped remind me to make a donation to the food bank.’

59-year-old Daniel Blake makes a living as a carpenter, until one fateful day he has a heart attack and has to appeal to the state for the first time in his life. He tries to navigate his way through the impersonal and bureaucratic benefit scheme. In the process, he meets single mom Katie and her two children. They support each other and together they rediscover their dignity.

As we are used to from director Ken Loach, he defends the common man who is struggling to keep his chin up in contemporary England. Humour, intimacy and desperation go hand in hand in this touching story about carpenter Daniel Blake, who, according to his physician, is not allowed to work any more after his heart attack. The occupational health doctor evaluating his case has a completely different view on this, however, and now Blake is required to apply for jobs. Blake has not even been near a computer his entire life and has great difficulty figuring out this bedlam. As a consequence, he not only loses his disability benefits, but also no longer gets the dole. But Daniel Blake is not the type of man who accepts such things quietly.

I, Daniel Blake won Ken Loach his second Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (the first one was for The Wind That Shakes the Barley). At the Locarno film festival and at San Sebastian, the film won the audience award.


United Kingdom 2016, 97 min.


Spoken language: English

Subtitles: Dutch


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I, Daniel Blake: Weapon of Choice Sanne Vogel

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 21:00

Sanne Vogel speaks about her Weapon of Choice - Q&A is in Dutch