I am Belfast

I am Belfast

Mark Cousins, UK, 2015

Type: Creative Documentary, Feature Film
Prod. Year: 2015
Language: English
Production Company: Hopscotch Films / Canderblink Film
Country: UK
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Synopsis:

Creative documentary done in a style unique to Mark Cousins – a visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and passion of someone, who has left the city many years ago but is still fascinated by it. The film personifies Belfast and portrays it as an experienced gentle, older woman (played by Helena Bereen), who has seen, and accepted it all. She leads the viewers through the changing landscape of Belfast and spins a tale of its history, while addressing philosophical questions about the nature of man and about a city as an urban phenomenon.

Themes brought up in the film range from the landscapes surrounding the city, its changing architecture and social structure to the political and personal repercussions of the Northern Irish conflict.

 

FESTIVALS: Karlovy Vary IFF (Documentary Competition, World Premiere)

 

Any old documentary can give you the history of a city, but  it takes a special kind of movie to capture its spirit.

Aided enormously by the visual coaching of Christopher Doyle, whose welcome input brings the glow Cousins has always admired in others’ films, finally present in one of his own.
VARIETY
 
A blend of documentary, love letter and abstract visual poem. (...) A charmingly offbeat tribute to a big-hearted city.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER