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July 13, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series presents

In English with English subtitles
United Kingdom, PG-13, directed by Kenneth Branagh, 2021, drama, 98 minutes

Director Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film chronicles the life of a working-class family and their young son’s childhood during the tumult of the late 1960s in the Northern Ireland capital. Surrounded by sporadic violence and growing danger, nine-year-old Buddy finds himself confronted with the ugly reality of sectarian conflict. And, as the suffocating stranglehold of increasing turmoil tightens around his once-peaceful working-class neighborhood, Buddy tries his best to understand The Troubles — after all, someone must be responsible for forcing people to flee their homes. Now, Buddy’s family must come face to face with a nearly impossible, life-altering decision: stay or start packing?

Branagh won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for this film at this year’s Oscars. The film also stars Dame Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds, both of whom were nominated in the Supporting Actor categories.

Meet the Curator
Dale M. Pollock, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, received a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1972 and MS in Communications from San Jose State University. In 1977, he became the head film critic for the Daily Variety until he was hired by the Los Angeles Times to be their chief entertainment correspondent. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in the early 1980s and wrote Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas in 1984, which has sold more than 150,000 copies and remains in print. In 1985, Pollock joined David Geffen’s company as a development executive. He joined A&M Films as vice president in charge of production, and was named president in 1990, producing such films as The Mighty Quinn, A Midnight Clear and Mrs. Winterbourne. Pollock ran his own film company, Peak Productions, for 10 years, producing the box office hit Set It Off. He co-founded the producing program at the American Film Institute in 1995. In 1999, he became Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the (then) North Carolina School of the Arts, stepping down in 2006 to become Emeritus Professor of Cinema Studies. Pollock was awarded an Endowed Professorship in Film in his name at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking and is the 2016 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, along with the 2020 Arts Council of Winston Salem’s Annual Award, its highest honor.

Other films in the series:
Playground (Un monde) – July 8
When Pomegranates Howl – July 20
On the Water (Vee peal)
– July 28

With special thanks to our generous sponsors for this series, Helene and Stephen Weicholz, and our curator, Dale Pollock.

LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28608

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at theschaefercenter@appstate.edu or call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.


Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | 7pm

Features a pre-film introduction and a post-film moderated discussion with this year’s curator, Dale Pollock

Canadian Brass


“While Belfast is, in one sense, a deeply personal coming-of-age tale, it’s also a more universal story of displacement and detachment, located most powerfully in (Caitriona) Balfe’s fierce, shining performance. … With “Belfast” [Kenneth Branagh] has written a charming, rose-tinted thank-you note to the city that sparked his dreams and the parents whose sacrifices helped them come true”The New York Times

Belfast is unquestionably Kenneth Branagh’s most personal film to date, but it’s also sure to have universal resonance. It depicts a violent, tumultuous time in Northern Ireland, but it does so through the innocent, exuberant eyes of a nine-year-old boy. And it’s shot in gentle black-and-white, with sporadic bursts of glorious color.” RogerEbert.com

“Given Branagh’s longtime stature as an actor, it’s no surprise that he’s drawn warm, authentic performances from his top-tier, perfectly chosen cast.” RogerEbert.com


  • Won 1 Oscar Award (Best Original Screenplay).

  • Another 49 wins & 236 nominations


July 13, 2022
7:00 pm
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