Won Ecumenical Prize. A huge hit at Cannes, "Land and Freedom" follows David ("BackBeat's" Ian Hart), a young Briton, who sets out for Spain in 1936 to aid the fight against fascism. There he joins an international militia of idealistic freedom fighters and experiences with them the passions of battle. But, when personal and political conflicts develop, the young rebels must face the painful and often senseless consequences of war. Though it runs long in the middle and occasionally gets bogged down in political dogma, the film is marked by strong central performances from Hart and Rosana Pastor as lovers united and then divided by their beliefs. Scripter Jim Allen has framed the period sequences in a 1990s context: Leafing through his old papers, David's granddaughter discovers what the war meant to him. This device renders the historical passages accessible, pertinent and especially moving. Starring Ian Hart and Rosana Pastor. Directed by Ken Loach. Written by Jim Allen. Produced by Rebecca O'Brien. A Gramercy release. Drama. In English and Spanish. Not yet rated. Running time: 109 min.