The first trailer for Stephen Frear’s Philomena has landed this morning, starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench.
A bittersweet dramedy is set to premiere in Competition at Venice later this month, before being shown at Toronto International Film Festival.
Also starring Sophie Kennedy Clark, Simone Lahbib, Charlie Murphy and Charles Edwards, Philomena, a true story about a woman’s search for her lost son currently has no scheduled US release date, though it is set to premiere in the UK on November 1st, 2013.
Coogan and Jeff Pope co-wrote the script.
Here’s the synopsis:
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success.
Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.
Judging by the trailer, I am totally sold on this as it looks like an even stronger play for BAFTA attention.
See it for yourself.