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
DistributorPathé Distribution
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng

In this winner of the 2006 Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this film explores the lives and politics of two brothers during the Irish War for Independence and the Irish Civil War. 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.


Cillian Murphy

Liam Cunningham

Pádraic Delaney

Orla Fitzgerald

Myles Horgan

Damien Kearney

Roger Allam

Frank Bourke

Martin Lucey

Aidan O'Hare


Directed by Ken Loach

Produced by Rebecca O'Brien

Written by Paul Laverty

Music by George Fenton

Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd

Edited by Jonathan Morris


Drama, War

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