Kenneth Branagh: “I didn’t want a political film”

MAINTENANCE – The director of Belfastan intimate semi-autobiographical account, talks about his childhood in Northern Ireland and the community unrest that “signalled the end of recklessness”.

An exegete of Shakespeare, from which he adapted several plays, actor and director Kenneth Branagh spent a decade at the helm of major productions (Thor from marvel, Artemis FowlThe crime of the Orient Express). With Belfast, he delivers an intimate semi-autobiographical story in the running for seven Oscars. Meeting with an open heart practically on the couch during his Parisian visit in November.

LE FIGARO. – The idea of ​​telling your childhood tormented you for a long time. What made you take action?

Kenneth BRANAGH. – The silence of the first confinement. I had adopted a small dog and I walked him several times a day. There were no planes, no car traffic. I heard the chirping of birds. But, beyond that, it was the sounds of Belfast that I heard: those of incomprehensible events that turned your world upside down. The unexpected, the change can arise at any time. At 61, I was better equipped to understand…

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