Route Irish


Year: 2010
Run Time: 109 minutes

ROUTE IRISH is the latest hard-hitting film by British filmmaker Ken Loach. It's a tense thriller that explores the wartime thuggery that begets more violence. Route Irish is the most dangerous highway in the world. It connects the Green Zone – the fortress-like government, military, and diplomatic quarter at the heart of Baghdad – with the Baghdad International Airport and the U.S. military headquarters. This highway, the only way in and out, is a shooting gallery for terrorists. Frankie and Fergus are life-long friends from the Liverpool harbor. Fergus has convinced Frankie to go to Iraq and to make big money working for a security contractor. (Fergus's tour there is up and he's back in Liverpool.) Then the unthinkable happens – Frankie is killed along Route Irish. An Iraqi mobile phone turns up with Frankie's last moments recorded on it, and the authorities' accounts of his death don't add up. Beside himself with grief and rage, Fergus resolves to find out who really killed his mate. He goes through hell while uprooting the evil that grows like cancer in times of war. – B.B.

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Ken Loach

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Ken Loach studied law at Oxford University and made his first feature film in 1967. In 1994 he was awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice International Film Festival. In 2004 his body of work was awarded the special prize of the 20th Anniversary of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

Select Filmography
"Poor Cow" (1967), "Kes" (1969), "Black Jack" (1979), "Riff-Raff" (1991), "My Name Is Joe" (1998), "Bread and Roses" (2000), "Sweet Sixteen" (2002), "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" (2006), "Looking for Eric" (2009), ROUTE IRISH (2010)

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