Belfast

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Certificate12A
Year2021
GenreDrama
DirectorKenneth Branagh
WritersKenneth Branagh
LanguageEnglish
CountryUnited Kingdom
Running Time1HR 38MINS
SeasonMain Programme

QFT's biggest ever box office hit, and winner of Outstanding British Film at the British Academy Film Awards, Kenneth Branagh's Belfast is a personal and joyful story about the power of memory.

Set during the tumult of late-1960s Northern Ireland, the film follows young Buddy (Jude Hill) as he navigates a landscape of working-class struggle, sweeping cultural changes, and sectarian violence. Buddy dreams of a glamorous future that will whisk him far from the Troubles, but, in the meantime, he finds consolation in his charismatic Pa (Jamie Dornan) and Ma (Caitríona Balfe), and his spry, tale-spinning grandparents (Ciarán Hinds and Judi Dench).

Belfast might be Branagh’s most reflective and personal film to date, but he brings to this intimate tale the same gift for big canvas filmmaking as seen in previous work. Shot in lustrous black and white by Haris Zambarloukos and accompanied by a rousing Van Morrison soundtrack, the film sees Buddy’s child’s-eye perspective on the increasing social unrest give way to imaginings inspired by his love of movies. Belfast is a big-hearted ode to a city, its community and to family.

"The result is engaging, tender film-making which tugs at the heart-strings, spurred by a sympathetic cast and the young lead, newcomer Jude Hill." - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

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