- 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
Venice Film Festival 2013
Osella Award for Best Screenplay (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope)
BFI London Film Festival 2013
Transilvania International Film Festival 2014
Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Stockholm International Film Festival 2013
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)