BELFAST
Narrative Feature | 97 minutes

HIFF 2021

Spotlight

This film played at HIFF 2021
on 10/9/2021 and 10/12/2021
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Directed by
Kenneth Branagh

Produced by
Laura Berwick
Kenneth Branagh
Becca Kovacik
Tamar Thomas

Written by
Kenneth Branagh

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


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East Coast Premiere

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.