'Belfast' Trailer: Kenneth Branagh's Period Drama Is An Early Awards Season Favorite

Every year, there’s a film that seems to sneak up on everyone during film festival season and becomes a front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar race. This year, it seems like that film is “Belfast.”

READ MORE: Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’ Is A Stirring Coming-of-Age Portrait With Magnificent Performances [Telluride Review]

And as seen in the newest trailer for “Belfast,” writer-director Kenneth Branagh returns with a deeply personal black and white drama about one boy’s childhood in the 1960s. The film debuted earlier this year at Telluride Film Festival and quickly earned near-universal acclaim and the envious position of being the seeming favorite moving into awards season. The film stars Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, and Jude Hill.

In our review of the film from Telluride, we commented that “Belfast” is Branagh’s “most personal” film and raved about the performance from actor Jude Hill, and said,  “There are not enough platitudes to heap on the performance Branagh coached out of Hill. He is the quintessential bright-eyed youngster who sees the world in all its wonderment, confusion and fear yet is still excited to run out the doors of his home every day to play with his cousins and go to school and see the girl he wants to marry (remember, he’s nine). His enthusiasm carries so much of the movie that whenever fear or sadness get the better of him, it feels more pronounced and heartbreaking.”

“Belfast” arrives in theaters on November 12. You can watch the new trailer below. 

Here’s the synopsis:

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh, BELFAST is a poignant story of love, laughter and loss in one boy’s childhood, amid the music and social tumult of the late 1960s.

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