THE OSCAR CONTENDER: Belfast
Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of late-1960s Northern Ireland. With an acclaimed ensemble cast (Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds and Jude Hill) this is a personal and joyful film about the power of memory. At its centre is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.