The film will have a one-week awards qualifying run in Los Angeles on November 17, 2021


NEW YORK (October 26, 2021) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will now release MOTHERING SUNDAY, directed by Eva Husson (BANG GANG, GIRLS OF THE SUN), in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on February 25, 2022 before expanding to other markets over the following weeks. The film will also receive a one-week qualifying run at The Landmark in Los Angeles starting November 17, 2021, qualifying the film for all potential awards.

MOTHERING SUNDAY stars Odessa Young (SHIRLEY), Josh O’Connor (THE CROWN), Colin Firth (THE KING’S SPEECH), Olivia Colman (THE FATHER, THE FAVOURITE), Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù (GANGS OF LONDON), and Glenda Jackson (WOMEN IN LOVE), and is written by Alice Birch (NORMAL PEOPLE, SUCCESSION), who adapted the screenplay from Graham Swift’s provocative best-selling novella of the same name. The film received critical acclaim upon its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and recently as the centerpiece at the Hamptons International Film festival, where it made its U.S. premiere.

On a warm spring day in England in 1924, house maid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever.

Clips from the film are now available here

MOTHERING SUNDAY was produced by Elizabeth Karlsen (CAROL) and Stephen Woolley (THE CRYING GAME) of Number 9 Films. It features costume design by three-time Academy Award® winner and 15-time nominee Sandy Powell (THE IRISHMAN, MARY POPPINS RETURNS), hair and make-up design by BAFTA® winner Nadia Stacey (THE FAVOURITE, CRUELLA), production design by BAFTA® TV nominee Helen Scott (A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), cinematography by BIFA nominee Jamie D. Ramsay, SASC (MOFFIE, BEAUTY), and editing by Emilie Orsini (GIRLS OF THE SUN, THE PARTY).


Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992—which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world. Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 41 Academy Awards® (37 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 181 Academy Award® nominations (155 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for THE FATHER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, WHIPLASH, AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.


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