Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' Childhood Drama Lands at Focus Features

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Kenneth Branagh

The ensemble cast includes Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds and Jude Hill.

Focus Features has picked up the worldwide rights to Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast ahead of a 2021 release.

Written and directed by the Oscar nominee, Belfast tells the story of one boy’s childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s in Northern Ireland, where Branagh is from. Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International will distribute internationally.

“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," Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement.

The cast stars Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill. Dornan and Balfe play a glamorous working-class couple caught up in the mayhem, with Dench and Hinds as the wry and spry grandparents.

The film is produced by Branagh, Laura Berwick, Becca Kovacik and Tamar Thomas.

"Belfast is my most personal film. It’s about coming home – a dramatic journey of excitement, emotion and humour,” said Branagh in his own statement.

Branagh is repped by WME.