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Belfast  2021
Director:  Kenneth Branagh
Producer:
  Célia Deval, Tamar Thomas, Becca Kovacik and Laura Berwick
Art Director:
  Dominic Masters (supervisor)
Editor:
  Úna Ní Dhonghaíle
Music:
  Patrick Doyle
Screenplay:
  Kenneth Branagh
Director of Photography:
  Haris Zambarloukos
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Cast:
spacer1 Caitriona Balfe
spacer1 Jamie Dornan
people1 Judi Dench
spacer1 Ciarán Hinds
spacer1 Gerald Horan
spacer1 Lara McDonnell
spacer1 Conor MacNeill
spacer1 Turlough Convery
spacer1 Gerard McCarthy
spacer1 Lewis McAskie
spacer1 Olive Tennant
spacer1 Brid Brennan
spacer1 Caitriona Balfe spacer1 Jamie Dornan people1 Judi Dench
spacer1 Ciarán Hinds spacer1 Gerald Horan spacer1 Lara McDonnell
spacer1 Conor MacNeill spacer1 Turlough Convery spacer1 Gerard McCarthy
spacer1 Lewis McAskie spacer1 Olive Tennant spacer1 Brid Brennan
spacer1 Caitriona Balfe spacer1 Jamie Dornan
people1 Judi Dench spacer1 Ciarán Hinds
spacer1 Gerald Horan spacer1 Lara McDonnell
spacer1 Conor MacNeill spacer1 Turlough Convery
spacer1 Gerard McCarthy spacer1 Lewis McAskie
spacer1 Olive Tennant spacer1 Brid Brennan

Synopsis:
It’s 1969 and the imaginative, free-spirited Buddy (major discovery Jude Hill) knows every inch of and every person in his street of Protestant and Catholic families. He pops into neighbouring houses as though they were his own and people look out for him while his working-class parents (Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe) hustle to make ends meet. But this blissful sense of security is about to be broken by sectarian violence and the tanks that sweep through the city.

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. Ideas of ‘home’ are so often a mix of trauma and nostalgia and here Branagh balances melancholy and poignancy with moments of wonder and joy. With a world-class cast that also includes Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds as Buddy’s beloved grandparents, Belfast is a bighearted ode to a city, its community and to family.

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