* AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

PHILOMENA

Based on the incredible true story of a woman in search of her long lost son.

Directed by Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN, HIGH FIDELITY); starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Best Screenplay, 2013 Venice Film Festival; People's Choice Award (First Runner Up) 2013 Toronto Film Festival

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee," this film focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock —something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of— and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

DIR Stephen Frears; SCR/PROD Steve Coogan; SCR Jeff Pope, from the book by Martin Sixsmith; PROD Tracey Seaward, Gabrielle Tana. UK/US/France, 2013, color, 98 min, DCP. RATED PG-13

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