Narrative Feature | 97 minutes

HIFF 2021


Directed by
Kenneth Branagh

Produced by
Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik, Tamar Thomas

Written by
Kenneth Branagh

Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Morgan, Jude Hill

2021 | English | UK

Set amidst the sociopolitical turmoil of late-1960s Northern Ireland, BELFAST follows Buddy (Jude Hill), a nine-year-old boy who is lovingly raised by his Ma and Pa (Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Balfe) and doting grandparents (Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds). Buddy dreams of a life of glamour and wonder, but when simmering social discontent suddenly erupts, he must chart a path towards adulthood through a world that has suddenly turned upside down. Drawn from his personal experiences of growing up in working class Northern Ireland, Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh tells a humorous and tender coming-of-age tale that earned him the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.