Philomena by British director Stephen Frears has won the
seventh annual Queer Lion prize at the 70th annual Venice
The three-person jury announced the winner on Friday. Nine films
competed for the the prize, which recognizes films with queer
elements playing at the festival.
The film adapts the real-life story of Philomena Lee (played by
Dame Judi Dench), a retired Irish-born nurse in search of the son she
was forced to give up nearly 50 years earlier. Steve Coogan plays
down-on-his-luck journalist Martin Sixsmith, who helps Philomena
search for her son. Sixsmith recounts their journey in The Lost
Child of Philomena Lee, the book which the movie is based on.
With Sixsmith's help, Philomena, a staunch Roman Catholic, finds
out that Anthony Lee had been adopted by an American couple, and is
gay. (A trailer for the film is embedded on this page. Visit
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Other notable films competing for the prize included Bruce
La Bruce's Gerontophilia, John
Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings, Xavier
Dolan's Tom at the Farm and Abdellah
Taia's Salvation Army.
Kyu-hwan's The Weight won last year's prize.