WATCH: First Trailer for Rachel Weisz’s Holocaust Drama ‘Denial’


It may only be June, but don’t doubt that awards season contenders are already vying for recognition. One such film is “Denial,” which is sure to crop up again in awards conversations later in the year.

Rachel Weisz, who is fresh off fantastic reviews for her latest film “The Lobster,” stars as Deborah Lipstadt, who was sued for libel by David Irving when she called him a Holocaust denier. To win her case, she had the haunting burden to prove the Holocaust happened. Here’s the official synopsis:

Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award® winner Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare (The Reader). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.

Along with the first trailer, the first poster was also revealed today. Both of those can be viewed below.

“Denial,” directed by Mick Jackson with a screenplay by David Hare, comes to theaters September 30. Bleecker Street is distributing.

Denial poster