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With ‘Belfast,’ Kenneth Branagh recounts her family’s imperfect past

I think the most memorable encounter I had was when the credits were showing at the Telluride Film Festival, where we showed it for the first time in front of a large audience and a woman came up to me in the middle. credits and leans over to me, and tries to speak and can’t speak. And I noticed that tears were running down her face, and then she finally managed to let go, “I’m a grandma.” And then she left. She reminds me of my grandmother, who losing words like that would end up sounding too full. She would say, “My mother used to say that I was full.” And this woman was too full. I don’t think her reaction has anything to do with Belfast there, it’s related to her own experience of being a grandmother. That means a lot to me.

Is there any part of the movie that made you feel the most heartbroken while watching it?

Well, I think it’s changed a bit, but still a lot. Because I think one of the features of the work is that we come across something very spontaneous and real in the boy, Jude Hill. We usually don’t rehearse. He’s a first-time actor, but he’s a very smart, loud, and very imaginative boy. So it really feels as if we’re also catching on to something in Jude’s life, which is the exposure to something new. There is something very moving about that. So I think that honesty of vulnerability and youthfulness is what always moves me.

There was a moment when he lay back in his bed, when his father just said “cheerio.” It’s early in the morning and earlier in the movie, there’s a scene where he says, overhears his parents talking about this decision they may or may not make, “You’re coming back, aren’t you?” It recapitulates for me this moment of what the child has lost. So the boy we met at the beginning of the movie is no longer there. The boy who is thinking differently, is worrying is there. It was just something very subtle in his eyes. But that often gets me in trouble.

This isn’t exactly your childhood story, but it’s inspired by so many things. Is there something from your own upbringing that you’re not sure you want to include?

Quite a lot actually. I mean, I wasn’t able to make it with my parents because I thought my dad would get mad when I mentioned anything about the tax soldier. You know, he probably took that very, very bad look. Inevitably, one just wondered if it was too raw or too revealing in some way. But the truth is I feel it definitely comes from a good place. And that place is really a place to honor my parents, at that time, that city, and try to understand with some compassion, the ways that people are doing the best they can, and the best that they can. can sometimes be flawed, and sometimes full of flaws and mistakes and things.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2021/12/awards-insider-little-gold-men-kenneth-branagh-interview With ‘Belfast,’ Kenneth Branagh recounts her family’s imperfect past

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