Route Irish: Ken Loach's Iraq-Based Tale Added to Cannes Fest Competition

Vet British director Ken Loach, whose "Looking for Eric" screened at last year's Festival de Cannes, is returning to the Croisette with his new Iraq-set drama "Route Irish." The festival officially announced Monday that it is adding Loach's latest film to its schedule just two days before the event kicks off.

Loach's film will round out the now 19-title Competition lineup. "Route Irish" is set in both Liverpool and Iraq and tells of two former soldiers in love with the same woman.

It is produced by Sixteen Film alongside Why Not Prods. and Wild Bunch, which is also handling international sales.

Loach won the Palme d'Or in 2006 for "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" and earned strong reviews for "Looking for Eric."