The Old Oak

Humanist drama by two-time Palme d'Or winner Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) about a former mining town where unrest is caused by the arrival of Syrian refugees.

Please note that this film is in English and Arabic, with Dutch subtitles.
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THE OLD OAK is the story of a village in the Northeast of England, where the mines closed, and people feel deserted by the system. Many young locals have left and what was once a thriving, proud community struggles to keep old values alive. There is growing anger, resentment, and a lack of hope. Houses are cheap and available. This makes it an ideal location for the Syrian refugees that have been accepted by Britain in recent years. How will the Syrians be received? And what will be the future for the last remaining pub in the village, The Old Oak?

Remaining true to the socio-political approach to cinema that has established him as one of the greatest contemporary directors, Ken Loach tells another socially conscious story about the pressing issues of this time. Loach has announced that this is his last film. He bids farewell with a warm plea for a society in which there is room for everyone.

Ken Loach, UK, France, Belgium, 2023, 113 min. English & Arabic spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Dave Turner, Ebla Mari, Claire Rodgerson, Trevor Fox, Chris McGlade..