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BELFAST

HEART / WORLD

UK 2021, 97 min Director Kenneth Branagh

Belfast is beautiful work: From the outset, Branagh draws us right into the heart and soul of a city and its people with an immediacy that captures the moment. A young boy grows up amidst the 1960s’ Troubles in a working-class family in a place where conflict and whimsy, wisdom and passion daily inform their lives. Charming newcomer Jude Hill delights in the central role of Buddy, with warmly winning turns from Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan as his parents, and Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds as his grandparents, their performances perfectly complemented by the film’s soulful Van Morrison-infused soundtrack and stylish black-and-white cinematography. Viewing a time of conflict with such love and humanity is something rare: Perhaps it takes a native sensibility to do that. As Branagh once said of himself, “I don’t think you can take Belfast out of the boy,” and here you have it: That compassionate eye on his hometown, coupled with his extraordinary artistry, makes for compelling cinema. –Lily Buchanan

Our Tribute program features an onstage conversation with Kenneth Branagh, a screening of Belfast, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.

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Friday, Oct 15, 6:30pm, Smith Rafael Film Center (Tribute program)

$40 Member | $45 General

Film + Reception: $75 Member | $85 General

Saturday, Oct 16, 2:00pm, CinéArts Sequoia

$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)

DIRECTOR

After beginning his career as an actor on stage and screen, Kenneth Branagh made his first feature, Henry V, in 1989, earning Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Best Actor. He has gone on to a prolific directing career. His films include Dead Again (1991); Much Ado About Nothing (1993); Hamlet (1996), for which he received an Oscar nod for adapted screenplay; Thor (2011); Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014); and Murder on the Orient Express (2017).

FILM INFO

COUNTRY:UK
YEAR:2021
RUNNING TIME:97 min
LANGUAGE:English
DIRECTOR:Kenneth Branagh
WRITER:Kenneth Branagh
PRODUCERS:Laura Berwick, Becca Kovacik, Tamar Thomas
CINEMATOGRAPHER:Haris Zambarloukos

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