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The Old Oak

The Old Oak

The Old Oak

Dir. Ken Loach
113 min

Starts April 26

MSPIFF43 Official Selection

The Old Oak is the last pub standing in a once thriving mining village in northern England, a gathering space for a community that has fallen on hard times. There is growing anger, resentment, and a lack of hope among the residents, but the pub and its proprietor TJ are a fond presence to their customers. When a group of Syrian refugees move into the floundering village, a decisive rift fueled by prejudices develops between the community and its newest inhabitants. The formation of an unexpected friendship between TJ and a young Syrian woman named Yara opens up new possibilities for the divided village in this deeply moving drama about loss, fear, and the difficulty of finding hope.

The release of The Old Oak reunites legendary British director Ken Loach with Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber following our 2020 release of his film Sorry We Missed You. Loach, who is 87 years old, has announced that The Old Oak will be his final film.

Film Details

Program: New Releases
Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 113 min
Country/Region: United Kingdom
Rating: NR
Language: English, Arabic
Print Source: Zeitgeist Films
Tags: Drama, Immigration / Refugee


Director: Ken Loach
Executive Producer: Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval
Producer: Rebecca O’Brien
Cinematographer: Robbie Ryan
Screenwriter: Paul Laverty
Editor: Jonathan Morris
Composer: George Fenton
Principal Cast: Dave Turner, Ebla Mari, Claire Rodgerson, Trevor Fox, Chris McGlade, Col Tait