Kenneth Branagh Breaks Down in Tears After Triumphant ‘Belfast’ Premiere at TIFF

After dazzling the in-person audience at the Toronto Film Festival, writer-director Kenneth Branagh broke down crying over his loosely autobiographical film “Belfast.”Following what was easily the most rapturous response to a festival entry at Toronto’s Roy Thomson hall this year, Branagh was overcome in a Q&a describing the inspiration behind the film.“I started writing this on March 23, but it had been brewing for a long time.

Lockdown teaches you, whether you like it or not about the things that were precious, that were simple…” he trailed off before breaking into tears alongside his leading man Jamie Dornan.The audience cheered and some shed a few tears along with him before Branagh continued, saying that quarantine led him to an examination of his entire life.

He described the project and his own experience as a 9-year-old boy that had “the love of his family and the movies.

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