In this pre-recorded Talk, Annette Insdorf interviews the director and cast of Belfast, recipient of the Toronto Film Festival’s “People’s Choice Award.”
Peter Travers said in his ABC News review, “No wonder Kenneth Branagh’s funny, touching and vital look at his own coming of age in Northern Ireland’s turbulent capital city is the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture. No movie this year cuts a clearer, truer path of the heart. It’s his personal best.”
Five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is the versatile writer-director-producer of films including the Shakespeare adaptations Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet; mainstream successes like Thor and Murder on the Orient Express, and the critically acclaimed Dead Again as well as A Midwinter’s Tale. As an actor, he is known for TV’s Wallander, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Philip Noyce’s Rabbit-Proof Fence, and for playing Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn, as well as Iago in Oliver Parker’s Othello. He will soon be seen reprising the role of Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile, which he also directed.
Caitríona Balfe has played Claire Randall in the TV series Outlander, and co-starred with Christian Bale in Jim Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari. While Jamie Dornan may be best known for playing Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, his filmography includes A Private War alongside Rosamund Pike as the journalist Marie Brenner, Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar with Kristin Wiig, and the TV series The Fall, also set in Belfast. Jude Hill makes his feature film debut as Buddy. Ciarán Hinds’ movies include Steven Spielberg’s Munich, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime, There Will Be Blood, and the Harry Potter series. He is also a renowned stage actor who has appeared with the RSC.
Winner of a Special Award from the American Film Institute jury, Belfast is a beautifully crafted drama set in 1969 Northern Ireland. While tensions between Protestants and Catholics rise, its focus is on 9-year-old Buddy (Jude Hill): his happy childhood is torn by riots that lead his father (Jamie Dornan) to suggest moving to England, while his mother (Balfe) wants to stay in their home. The ties that bind include his grandparents (Hinds and Judi Dench). The music is by Van Morrison.
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