The Bookshop

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London Spanish Film Festival Spring Weekend

Adapted by Isabel Coixet from Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel, The Bookshop relates the struggles of Florence Green, a young widow, who, by deciding to open a bookshop in a small English town unchains ruthless opposition from local heavyweight, Violet Gamart. It also provokes local Mr. Brundish to emerge from a reclusive life with his books to start a terribly elegant, restrained and flirtatious game with Florence.

An ode to the power of books and a woman’s independence of spirit. The unclassifiable Coixet offers an English tale benefiting hugely from subtle performances by Mortimer, Nighy and (in her third collaboration with the filmmaker) Clarkson. The voiceover by Julie Christie with Alfonso de Vilallonga’s score are wonderful final touches to this film, which in Spain won several awards including the Goyas for Best Film as well as Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay awards for Coixet. The film will be released in UK.

The film will be introduced by actor James Lance

BBFC rating
Running time
113 mins
Isabel Coixet
Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, James Lance

Book tickets

April 13th

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