A new trailer for writer-director Kenneth Branagh's Oscar-tipped Belfast has been released ahead of the film's arrival in Irish cinemas in February.

The Northern Irish filmmaker's semi-autobiographical drama stars Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill.

Caitriona Balfe as Ma and Jamie Dornan as Pa in Belfast

The film is described as a "personal and joyful story", set in late 1960s Northern Ireland.

A description of Belfast reads: "At the centre of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance.

Writer-director Kenneth Branagh with young star Jude Hill

"Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life."

Balfe and Dornan play the boy's "glamorous, working-class" parents, with Dench and Hinds playing his grandparents.

"It's about coming home," said writer-director Kenneth Branagh

"Belfast is my most personal film," said Branagh, who was born in the city in 1960.

"It's about coming home - a dramatic journey of excitement, emotion and humour."

Judi Dench as Granny, Jude Hill as Buddy and Ciarán Hinds as Pop

The film won the People's Choice Award at the recent Toronto Film Festival - seen as a predictor of success at the Oscars.

Belfast is released in cinemas on 25 February, 2022.

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