The Wind That Shakes the Barley

TitleThe Wind That Shakes the Barley
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLoach, Ken
Running Time127 min
Date Released05/2006
DistributorElement Pictures (Ireland); Pathé Distribution (United Kingdom)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Irish war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1922) and the Irish Civil War (1922–1923). This drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers, Damien and Teddy. Damian initially believes independence is futile, while Teddy is a soldier for the Irish Republican Army. Damian eventually joins the IRA after observing British violence, and his war experiences radicalize him. The brothers find themselves on opposite sides after the Anglo-Irish Treaty, showing how politics divided families and nation in the Irish Civil War. The film takes its title from the Robert Dwyer Joyce song "The Wind That Shakes the Barley", a song set during the 1798 rebellion in Ireland. The film, heavily influenced by Walter Macken's 1964 novel The Scorching Wind, was widely praised and won the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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