WATCH: Kenneth Branagh's Family Drama 'Belfast' Gets a First Look Trailer
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Back in December, it was announced that Focus Features had acquired writer-director Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical Belfast. And just today, the studio has released a trailer for the forthcoming coming-of-age drama.
The story revolves around a young boy (Jude Hill) growing up in the capital of Northern Ireland in the 1960s.
The trailer kicks off with a familiar voice, Dame Judi Dench, introducing the story of the little boy, named Buddy.
Dench portrays his grandmother, and she so poignantly says, "We all have a story to tell. But what makes each one different, is not how this story ends, but, rather, the place where it begins..."
This story begins in Belfast, Ireland, in 1969, during a tumultuous political climate, but it's also filled with love and laughter:
We see Buddy outside playing with friends, but meanwhile his parents are inside the house, trying to figure out how to make sense of things, as there is a civil war happening, with children their own son's age being killed.
It's not clear what the decision is, if they decide to leave Belfast, or stay to protect their community, that's the rest of the story to be told.
Branagh describes what to look for in his own words, saying in a statement, "Belfast is my most personal film. It’s about coming home, a dramatic journey of excitement, emotion and humor."
In addition to newcomer Hill as 10-year-old Buddy, you can look for Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan to portray his parents and Ciarán Hinds and Dame Judi Dench as his grandparents.
Belfast is set to release on November 12.
There is a lot going on in this movie — growing up, social unrest, family — does it speak to you?