- Stephen Frears
- United kingdom
- Comedy, Drama
- Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
- Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Ruth McCabe, Simone Lahbib, Xavier Atkins, Charles Edwards, Neve Gachev
- BBC Films, Baby Cow Productions, British Film Institute (BFI), Magnolia Mae Films, Pathé
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.
Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary journalist as cynical as Philomena was trusting. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also the powerful bond that grew up between Philomena and Martin – a surprising relationship that was both profoundly moving and very funny.
The film is a bitter-sweet comedy, a compelling narrative of human love and loss, and a heart-breaking story that ultimately celebrates life.
Festivals & Academy awards and others
Golden Globe Awards 2014
Three Nominations: BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA, BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA and BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE.
BAFTA Awards 2014
Four nominations: Best Film, Leading Actress (Judi Dench), Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay.
Winner: Adapted Screenplay.
Nominations: Best Film, Best Actress, Best Original Score (Music) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
David di Donatello Awards 2014
Winner: Best European Film
European Film Awards (EFA) 2014
NOMINATED: EFA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Spain (28 of February 2014)