Joe McGovern
August 28, 2015 AT 03:03 PM EDT

Two women grace the poster for the highly anticipated romance The Danish Girl, which premieres next week at the Venice Film Festival before opening in theaters on Nov. 27. The love story aspect of the film is signaled right up front, with rapidly rising star Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) featured prominently as Gerda Wegener, the wife of Eddie Redmayne’s Lili Elbe, a real-life woman and transgender pioneer who underwent gender confirmation surgery in the 1920s.

“It’s a relationship story,” Vikander told EW recently. “We all know that love stories are — and should — be told over and over again. But to have our film come out at such an important time in the trans civil rights movement is amazing.”

Even without having been screened, the film (directed by The King’s Speech Oscar winner Tom Hooper) is already being tipped as an awards candidate. Redmayne is on a hot streak after winning Best Actor earlier this year for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.


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