The trailer for the movie Philomena, based on The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, by UK journalist Martin Sixsmith (Macmillan U.K., 2009), was  just  released online and it is already engendering Oscar buzz for its star, Judi Dench.

The book recounts Sixsmith’s efforts to help a woman find her son, whom she had been forced to give up for adoption fifty years earlier.

The movie is directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). Dench plays the mother, Philomena Lee and Steve Coogan plays Sixsmith. It is scheduled for release on Nov. 1 in the UK; no US release date has been announced. To qualify for the Oscars, it has to be released by the end of the year.

The book will be published here in September as a trade paperback tie-in, titled Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search  (Penguin), with a foreword by Dench.

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