Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for its upcoming film Freud’s Last Session, which is set to world premiere at the 2023 AFI FEST this week.
September 3, 1939: Two days after Hitler invades Poland, and as the threat of German bombs rattles England, Sigmund Freud (two-time Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins – The Father, The Silence of the Lambs) watches the world go mad. Having fled Nazi forces invading his homeland, Freud has brought his family from Vienna to London, where he’s visited by author and Oxford theologian C.S. Lewis (Emmy nominee Matthew Goode – Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, The Offer). Lewis — whose Chronicles of Narnia books would later bring him world wide acclaim — is an atheist turned devout Christian hoping to confront the “Father of Psychoanalysis” about the gap between science and religion, faith and logic, and how studying the mind may miss the path of the soul. Through a colorful, sometimes contentious day-long debate, the two work to see the other’s point of view while Britain enters WWII, Freud’s daughter Anna (Liv Lisa Fries) reconciles hard truths within herself and her own career as an analyst, and Freud faces the cancer that will soon be the cause of his death.
Directed by Matthew Brown (writer-director of The Man Who Knew Infinity) and written by playwright Mark St. Germain, Freud’s Last Session explores questions facing all of us, sees in history a moment that echoes current conflicts, seeks to understand freewill, and explores how two renowned 20th century intellects find connection within difference.
Here is the trailer.