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Britain's Ken Loach Wins Top Prize at Cannes

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Director Ken Loach poses for photographers with the Palme d'Or for his film "I, Daniel Blake" during the photo call following the awards ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 22, 2016.

Director Ken Loach poses for photographers with the Palme d'Or for his film "I, Daniel Blake" during the photo call following the awards ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 22, 2016.

Veteran British director Ken Loach on Sunday won his second Golden Palm - the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the world's most prestigious cinema showcase.

Loach won for his latest work - I, Daniel Blake - a comedy-drama about the frustrations of a disabled man who can no longer work. He struggles through the maze of a government agency and faceless clerks to get his disability payments

Along with its Kafkaesque story about an unfeeling bureaucracy, Loach says the film is a comment on the way European officials regard the unemployed.

"There is a conscious cruelty in the way that we are organizing our lives now, where the most vulnerable people are told that their poverty is their own fault. If you have no work, it's your fault you haven't got a job."

Loach won the Golden Palm in 2006 for his Irish-based war drama The Wind that Shakes the Barley.

This year's other winners at Cannes include Canada's Xavier Dolan for It's Only the End of the World -- a drama about a bickering family. He took the Grand Prize, which is the runner-up to the Golden Palm.

Two shared the Best Director award - Olivier Assayas of France for the thriller Personal Shopper, and Romania's Christian Mungui for Graduation, a drama of corruption in the post-communist society.

An Iranian drama about a woman attacked in her own home, The Salesman, won two prizes - Asghar Farhadi for Best Screenplay and Shahab Hosseini as Best Actor.

The Best Actress award went to the Philippines' Jaclyn Jose for Ma Rosa, the story of a woman who turns to drug dealing to survive.

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