Variety is reporting that Focus Features have acquired the worldwide distribution rights for Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical drama Belfast.
The film tells the story of one boy’s childhood during the tumult of the late 1960’s in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Kenneth Branagh released a statement saying:
Belfast is my most personal film. It’s about coming home — a dramatic journey of excitement, emotion and humour. To be embraced by filmmakers and distributors of such proven imagination and talent as Focus is fantastic. We are honoured to partner with Peter Kujawski and his amazing team. With the incredible support of Northern Ireland Screen also in the mix, we are very excited for the future of ‘Belfast’ in cinemas around the world in 2021.
Focus Features chairman, Peter Kuijawski, released a statement saying:
We are excited and grateful to collaborate with such an esteemed filmmaker and storyteller as Kenneth. Highly personal and passionate, Belfast is a heartwarming piece that is bursting with life, and we look forward to sharing it with audiences worldwide.
Branagh is producing alongside Laura Berwick, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas. The film stars Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill.