Original Release: September 20, 1996 (Italy)
Directed by: Ken Loach
Written by: Paul Laverty
Produced by: Sally Hibbin
Box Office: 126 minutes
1987, love in time of war. A bus driver George Lennox meets Carla, a Nicaraguan exile living a precarious, profoundly sad life in Glasgow. Her back is scarred, her boyfriend missing, her family dispersed; she's suicidal. George takes her to Nicaragua to find out what has happened to them and to help her face her past. Once home, Carla's nightmarish memories take over, and Carla and George are thrown into the thick of the US war against the Sandinistas. A mystery develops over where Carla's boyfriend is, and the key to his whereabouts may be Carla's friend Bradley, a bitter American aid worker. She finds her family, the Contras attack, and she and the Scot face their choices.
Oyanka Cabezas (Carla), Scott Glenn (Bradley), Salvador Espinoza (Rafael), Louise Goodall (Maureen), Richard Loza (Antonio)
- Robert Carlyle learned to drive a bus for his part in the film.
- Carla's Song is Robert Carlyle's second film with Ken Loach, the first being Riff-Raff (1991).
George Lennox: So er... what did you do?
Bradley: CIA, Tegucigalpa, '81 to '84, Honduras. You?
George Lennox: Bus driver, double-decker, number 72, Glasgow
Evening Standard British Film Award as Best Actor - Robert Carlyle
Havana Film Festival Award as Best Work of a Non-Latin American Director on a Latin America Subject
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Actor of the Year - Robert Carlyle
Venice Film Festival Award as The President of the Italian Senate's Gold Medal - Ken Loach
Venice Film Festival Award as Golden Lion - Ken Loach
BAFTA Award as Best British Film
BAFTA Awards Scotland as Best Feature Film
Camerimage Award as Golden Frog - Barry Ackroyd