I Am Belfast

2015 | UK | NR | 84 min.


Bijou by the Bay Wed, Jul 27, 2016 9:00 PM
Milliken at the Dennos Museum Fri, Jul 29, 2016 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Foreign Official Selection: Documentary
Movies for Smart People
Release Year:2015
Runtime:84 min.
Production Country:UK
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Frank Cannon
Richard Buick
Simon Millar
Shane McCaffrey
Felicity McKee
Director:Mark Cousins
Produced by:Jim Anderson
Chris Martin
Screenwriter:Mark Cousins
Cinematography:Christopher Doyle
Editing By:Timo Langer


Acclaimed filmmaker and TCFF Board Member Mark Cousins (“The Story of Film”) has taken his love and concern for his Irish hometown of Belfast and transformed it into a masterwork of cinema that will shake you to your core. Cousins walked every street of the Northern Ireland capital to create this transcendent sensory journey that captures the essence of Belfast’s rich, often tragic history, and its complex, proud modern day resurrection. He imagines Belfast as a woman (played by veteran actress Helena Bereen): poised and gently weathered with age, her golden hair swept up into a neat bun, her voice melodic and steady. Cousins narrates an emotional journey while the camera reveals unexpected, colorful beauty around every corner. The result is a wonderfully inventive and moving mosaic, a refreshingly uncynical meditation that ends with a brilliant stroke of hopeful genius, bringing one of the world’s great cities to mesmerizing, unforgettable life. In Person: Director Mark Cousins.