Irish-born Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast promises to remind viewers of the importance of family emotionally wrapped in a 60s-set coming-of-age tale.
The film revolves around the pre-adolescent boy Buddy (Jude Hill) and his family circa 1960s Belfast, Northern Ireland.
His hometown is in the grips of civil war, and Buddy’s parents must decide whether to stay and ride out the storm or leave everything behind and start a new life elsewhere.
The tumultuous backdrop makes for a unique perspective on a boy’s transformative years, as Buddy navigates family life, love, and hijinx.
The trailer for Belfast focuses on the theme of family and the lengths one will go to protect their loved ones.
It’s an emotionally gripping trailer, and the film looks full of drama, humour, and touching moments, a perfect recipe for a tearjerker.
Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe play Buddy’s parents, with Ciarán Hinds and Judi Dench in supporting roles as his grandparents.
The film is a passion project for Irish-born director Kenneth Branagh and features stories from his childhood.
This personal connection can be sensed in the trailer and should make for a more heartfelt approach to the narrative, one that should affect audiences in an equally emotional way.
Belfast is due for release on 13 January 2022 in Australia.