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FILM OPENS: September 07, 2018

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Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of the same name; 'The Bookshop' is set in 1959, Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop - the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the narrow minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day including Nabokov's scandalizing "Lolita" and Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451", she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries. Her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy) who is himself sick of the town's stale atmosphere. But this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies: she invites the hostility of the town's less prosperous shopkeepers and also crosses Mrs. Gamart (Patricia Clarkson), Hardborough's vengeful, embittered alpha female who is herself a wannabe doyenne of the local arts scene. When Florence refuses to bend to Gamart's will, they begin a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the very heart and soul of the town.

  • Director: Isabel Coixet
  • Country: UK, Spain, Germany
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 01:53:00
  • imdb Score: 6.5/10 (4,413 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: PG
  • Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne
"Those who love books, picturesque English villages and getting lost in actors’ faces should be very happy"
Moira Macdonald - THE SEATTLE TIMES

"Wistful but never sentimental, it quietly turns the fortunes of one little store into a comment on the fate of many."
Jeanette Catsoulis - NEW YORK TIMES

"Coixet has a lyrical sense of place, and she has made a charming, well-acted adaptation that ably conjures visual pleasure out of the written word and evokes Fitzgerald's love of art and her prescient elegy for the brick-and-mortar literary bookstore"
Ella Taylor - NPR


Goya Awards 2018
Best Film, Director and Screenplay

Sant Jordi Awards 2018
Best Spanish Film

Gaudí Awards 2018
Best Direcor and Original Score

Cinema Writers Circle Awards 2018
Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Supporting Actor

José María Forqué Awards 2018
Best Picture

Turia Awards 2018
Best Spanish Film


Berlin Int'l Film Festiva 2018

Valladolid Int'l Film Festival 2017

Jameson Dublin Int'l Film Festival 2018

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2018