Seen as one of the top contenders at the 2022 Academy Awards, Kenneth Branagh’s black and white family drama Belfast bagged the top prize at Toronto International Film Festival. Written and Directed by Branagh the film tells the story of a young boy as he comes of age amid the tumultuous environs of Belfast, Northern Ireland in the 1960s. The film stars Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, and Colin Morgan.

Talking of his most personal film yet, “I am thrilled, I am humbled and I’m deeply grateful,” Branagh said in a statement after the world premiere of the film in Telluride on 2 September 2021 before arriving in Toronto. Belfast will be released worldwide on 12 November 2021.

Watch the trailer below:

The first runner-up for the top People’s Choice award held on Saturday was ‘Scarborough’, a Canadian indie directed by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson, while the second runner-up was ‘The Power of the Dog’, by the director Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Toronto International Film Festival is usually one of the world’s biggest movie showcases but this year, due to the pandemic the organizers opted for a hybrid mode, taking place in both socially distanced screenings and virtually online.

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