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The Old Oak

Audience Award Winner at the Ghent, Calgary, Locarno & Valladolid International Film Festivals & Cinéfest Sudbury

14A, strong language, mature themes.
Dir: Ken Loach.
UK, 2023, 113 min.
Trevor Fox, Debbie Honeywood, Dave Turner, Ebla Mari.
In English and Arabic with English subtitles.

“Anyone who wants to understand the causes of right-wing populism need look no further than Ken Loach’s new film. It’s about the sense of grievance which can fester in a community once it’s lost its reason for being… In the opening scenes a group of Syrian refugee families are being delivered to their new homes in a village in the UK’s north-east and things are not going well. Once part of a thriving coal-mining region, the village is in decline… and some vociferous locals have gathered to express their resentment… One of the few friendly faces belongs to T.J. Ballantyne, owner of The Old Oak, the village’s only pub, which is barely surviving… The kindness he shows to Yara, a young Syrian refugee, and her family blossoms into a friendship… His courage costs him. He faces a couple of devastating blows before things begin to look up for him and the Syrian families, but Loach’s faith in the human capacity for empathy prevails in the end. Best of all, he brings off this optimistic flourish without the taint of sentimentality… An immensely moving film.” —Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald


May 13
7:00 pm
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City Cinema
64 King St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1B3 Canada
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