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05.28.02 10:46 PM

red carpet

red carpet picAlthough Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" won the top prize at Cannes, my pick was Ken Loach's "Sweet Sixteen," which won the best screenplay prize. Of course it was the only film that I got to walk on the red carpet for, so maybe I am a little biased. It is definitely one of those films I'd expect to see at Angelika in New York. Here are the details about the film from the BBC:
The film tells the story of Liam (played be newcomer Martin Compston), who lives on a Strathclyde estate and is determined to enjoy the family life he's never had after his mum Jean (Michelle Coulter) gets out of prison. She is expected to be out in time for his 16th birthday. All he wants is his family back and a place for himself, his mum, his big sister Chantelle (Annmarie Fulton), and her wee boy Callum to live together - beyond the reach of wasters like Jean's boyfriend Stan (Gary McCormack) and his own grandfather (Tommy McKee). Liam's a budding entrepeneur with a brass neck and grand ideas. He discovers a caravan on the coast overlooking the Clyde estuary, and is determined to raise the cash to buy it - no mean feat for a skint teenager. Liam and his mates Pinball (William Ruane), Night-time (Junior Walker) and Side-kick (Gary Maitland) are up against it - in ways they would never imagine. Common sense tells him to drop the idea and bide his time. Only this time, Liam can't let go. Ever. "Liam's story is universal", says writer Paul Laverty. "He's come from a very tough background, where peoples' lives are marginalised and there is very little opportunity. There is so much poverty and alienation. The engine to the whole story is his determination to build a home for his mother and his sister - he craves a normal life, and the security that goes with that. But things conspire against him".

More pics and stories from Cannes to come soon. Right now I am catching up with my life.

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