Actor and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Murder on the Orient Express) has both written and directed Belfast, a semi-autobiographical picture that he has called his most personal film yet.
The official trailer has arrived for the film, which takes us to Northern Ireland in the late 1960s. The story is told from the point of view of a young boy, Buddy (played by newcomer Jude Hill), as his family experiences unrest and conflict in a changing country. The family must choose to either weather the storm or perhaps find a new life elsewhere.
A potential award contender here, with some striking black and white cinematography, a sweet and emotional-looking story, and a solid cast that includes Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, and Ciarán Hinds. The mostly strong early reviews coming from the film’s Telluride Film Festival premiere certainly bode well too.
Belfast will be in US cinemas on November 12th and Australian cinemas on January 13th.
Official synopsis for Belfast:
From lauded director Kenneth Branagh, and starring an acclaimed ensemble cast, Belfast is a personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. At the center of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.