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European academy honors Loach

Director to receive lifetime achievement award

The European Film Academy will honor helmer Ken Loach with a lifetime achievement kudo at the European Film Awards, which take place Dec. 12 in the German city of Bochum.Loach began his career in British TV and made his first theatrical film, “Poor Cow,” in 1967, followed by “Kes” in 1970 and “Family Life” the year after.

He won accolades for “Riff-Raff,” which was voted European film of the year in 1991; “Land and Freedom,” which took the same prize in 1995; and “Sweet Sixteen,” which garnered the EFA Critics’ Award in 2002.

More recently, Loach picked up the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2006 and Ireland’s IFTA for best film the following year for historical drama “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” and a French Cesar in 2005 for his Scottish love story “Ae Fond Kiss.”

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