Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a special screening of Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s acclaimed love letter to his hometown, nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director!
In his three decades of filmmaking, Oscar-winner Kenneth Branagh has ushered us into Henry V’s campaign at Agincourt, Thor’s celestial chambers on Asgard, and murderous intrigues aboard the Orient Express. Branagh’s latest work unfolds in a much more real-world and familiar setting for the prolific actor, writer, and director. Named after the city of his birth, Belfast is Branagh’s most personal — and most affecting — film yet. A coming-of-age comedy/drama 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). Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, Belfast is a winning tale of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood. (Dir. by Kenneth Branagh, 2021, UK, 98 mins., Rated PG-13)