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Irishman part of winning teams at Cannes Film Festival

Robbie Ryan filmed two award-winning films at this year’s awards

A FILM WITH an Irish cinematographer won the highest award last night at the Cannes Film Festival.

Robbie Ryan shot the film I, Daniel Blake which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s awards.

Ryan was also the cinematographer on American Honey, which won the Jury Prize at this year’s film festival.

Capture Director Ken Loach (left) Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (right) Source: Cannes Film Festival.com

I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, follows the story of a middle-aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, and is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

I Daniel Blaje Source: Cannes Film Festival.com

This is the British director’s second Palme d’Or award, with his first for Irish film The Wind that Shakes the Barley in 2006.

Starring Cillian Murphy, it was set in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence and the following civil war.

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Speaking at a press conference after the awards about winning the two Palme d’Ors, Loach said:

It’s extraordinary really, because it is the same group of us from the earlier 2006. It’s the same little gang that have done it, so it’s just nice to be in that team.

“Our breath has been taken away I have to say because we weren’t really expecting to come back, we are quietly stunned,” he added.

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