The Wind That Shakes the Barley
The godfather of British social realism, Ken Loach, turns his empathetic eye to Ireland’s conflicted past, and more specifically, two brothers who clash over the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Loach and his regular screenwriting partner Paul Laverty resist poetry or the picturesque, but provide a portal into a heartbreaking and brutal moment in history.
In 1920s Ireland, young doctor Damien O’Donovan (Cillian Murphy) is about to start a new job in London. But before he can depart, the British Black and Tans murder a young man for refusing to say his name in English. Damien and his brother Teddy enlist in the IRA to defend their country.