The Old Oak

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The 2023 archive

Ken Loach

TJ Ballantyne is the landlord of the "Old Oak", a pub in a small, sleepy market town in the north of England. He befriends Yara, a young Syrian refugee, and together they try to breathe new life into the local community.

The Old Oak by Ken Loach © DR


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The Old Oak

By Ken Loach // France - United Kingdom // 2023 // 1h53

The future for the last remaining pub, The Old Oak in a village of the Northeast England, where people are leaving the land as the mines are closed. Houses are cheap and available thus making it an ideal location for the Syrian refugees.

Presentation of the film by Hugues Le Tanneur from Transfuge magazine
Closing film of the Territoires Cinématographiques - Preview screening
Film in official competition at the Cannes Festival

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