By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 12, 2013 at 1:17PM
Check out the first trailer for Stephen Frears' "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The film, based on a true story, centers on Philomena Lee (Dench) who embarks with a political jouranalist (Coogan) on a journey through America to discover the truth about her son, who was taken away from her as a baby.
The film is set for a world premiere at Venice before a North American debut at Toronto. It hits UK theaters November 1, with no word yet on a stateside release. But with the Weinstein Company distributing, you can bet it will be an Oscar player if critics' reviews are positive out of the fall fests.
Frears has nabbed Oscar nominations twice, for 2007's "The Queen" and 1991's "The Grifters." Dench won the Oscar in 1999 for her supporting turn in "Shakespeare in Love"; she has been nominated for Academy Awards an additional five times.
Here's the official 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.
The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.
It is adapted by Coogan and Jeff Pope from Martin Sexsmith's book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee."