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Carla's Song Details

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British filmmaker Ken Loach blended a love story with strong political commentary in this powerful drama. George (Robert Carlyle) is a bus driver working in Glasgow who has a strong independent streak and has developed a serious crush on one of his regular passengers, a woman from Nicaragua named Carla (Oyanka Cabezas). Carla occasionally is short of money for her fare, so George lets he ride for free; when his boss finds out about this, it's added to a list of small insubordinations, and George is fired. However, he stays in touch with Carla and learns she's a good bit more troubled than he imagined. She's given to dramatic mood swings and has attempted suicide, and in time he learns that her emotional problems stem from the disappearance and probable death of her boyfriend Antonio (Richard Loza), a Sandinista who is believed to have been kidnapped by the U.S.-backed Contra rebels. The largely apolitical George travels with Carla to Nicaragua to help her look for Antonio. In their travels, they meet Bradley (Scott Glenn), an American who was once a CIA "advisor" to the Contra who has turned his back on their policies and now works alongside the Sandinistas. Carla's Song was a gold medal winner at the 1997 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 26, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Ken Loach Gold Medal of the Presidency of the Senate 1996 Winner

Crew

Ken Loach
Director
Sally Hibbin
Producer
Paul Laverty
Screenwriter
George Fenton
Songwriter
Jonathan Morris
Editor
Martin Johnson
Production Designer
Llorenç Miquel
Art Director
Ulrich Felsberg
Co-producer
Gerardo Herrero
Co-producer
Lena Mossum
Costume Designer
Daphne Dare
Costume Designer
Ray Beckett
Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Ackroyd
Camera Operator
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