Acclaimed British director Ken Loach is making a last minute return to his home away form home, the Cannes Film Festival, where his Iraq War drama 'Route Irish' has been accepted as a surprise late addition.

According to Variety, Loach, who originally had intended to sit out the festival, recently changed his mind and screened the film for Cannes head Thierry Fremaux among others. The movie, which "tells the story of two ex-soldiers in love with the same woman who head to Iraq to work as private contractors," takes place in both England and Iraq, where the titular road connects the coalition airport with the Green Zone. Acclaimed British director Ken Loach is making a last minute return to his home away form home, the Cannes Film Festival, where his Iraq War drama 'Route Irish' has been accepted as a surprise late addition.

According to Variety, Loach, who originally had intended to sit out the festival, recently changed his mind and screened the film for Cannes head Thierry Fremaux, among others. The movie, which "tells the story of two ex-soldiers in love with the same woman who head to Iraq to work as private contractors," takes place in both England and Iraq, where the titular road connects the coalition airport with the Green Zone.

Cannes, of course, is familiar territory for Loach, who won the coveted Palme d'Or four years ago for his critically lauded exploration of the Irish Civil War, 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley.' In 2004, he was also awarded the 30th Anniversary Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his body of work, which with 'Route Irish' now expands to include a whopping 12 entries at Cannes.

'Route Irish' is also a bit of a reunion for Loach, as it marks the first time in two decades that he will be working with director of photography Chris Menges. The two first first teamed up way back in 1970 for their breakout smash hit 'Kes.' That film is considered one of the classics of British cinema, though its subject matter and style are a far cry from the high octane pyrotechnics and action sequences of 'Route Irish.'

No word yet on when 'Route Irish' will hit theaters. For now, your best bet is to catch it at Cannes itself, which begins on Wednesday.
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