The Old Oak by Ken Loach at TIFF Lightbox and Bytowne Ottawa

The Old Oak by Ken Loach

In Toronto theatres April 5, 2024
TIFF Lightbox – Tickets
Bytowne Ottawa – Tickets
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Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Turner, Ebla Mari
Screenplay: Paul Laverty
Score: George Fenton

In theatres now, The Old Oak is the critically acclaimed new film from award-winning director Ken Loach, the master filmmaker behind Sorry We Missed You (2019), I, Daniel Blake (2016), and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006). The film premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and has played at many festivals across Canada. Loach has heralded The Old Oak as likely being his last film. The Independent (UK) adds that the film is β€œ[a] testament to a director who has never abandoned his beliefs.”

The Old Oak is a special place. Not only is it the last pub standing, it is the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline. TJ Ballantyne, the landlord, hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his hold is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village. An unlikely friendship develops when TJ encounters a young Syrian with a camera, Yara. Together, the two help find ways to strengthen the community and dissolve animosity between the two communities. So unfolds a deeply moving drama about loss, fear and the difficulty of finding hope.

The film has won the hearts of numerous critics, with The Observer (UK) noting that β€œThe final message of hope is resolutely upbeat and desperately needed” and was named by The Guardian as one of the best films of 2023.

The Old Oak will be playing this weekend at the TIFF Lightbox and Bytowne Ottawa on April 5th. Tickets can be purchased below.

TIFF Bell Lightbox – Tickets
350 King St W, Toronto, ON

Bytowne Ottawa – Tickets
325 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON