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Writer/Director: Isabel Coixet | Producers: Joan Bas, Jaume Banacolocha, Adolfo Blanco, Chris Curling | Editor: Bernat Aragones | Composer: Alfonso Vilallong | Cinematographer: Jen-Claude Larrieu | Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, James Lance, Honor Kneafsey | Spain-UK-Germany / 2017 / 113 min
About the Film
In a provincial seaside town in 1950s England, Florence (Emily Mortimer), a recent widow, opens up a progressive bookstore and quickly causes a stir by selling controversial books like Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. While some, like the reclusive Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy), find her offerings refreshing, others feel threatened—particularly the community’s ruthless grande dame, Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson). Based on the acclaimed novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, The Bookshop is a subtly subversive testament to the power of literature and the free exchange of ideas.
About the Filmmaker
Born in Barcelona, Isabel Coixet studied history and then began working in advertising with her commercials winning several awards. In 2000 she founded her own production company, Miss Wasabi. She garnered her first international success with Things I Never Told You. Her other films include The Secret Life of Words, My Life Without Me, Learning to Drive, Elegy, Yesterday Never Ends, and Nobody Wants the Night.