The Bookshop

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Opening Night Gala | 2017 | 110 minutes

SIFF Says:

Who thought opening a bookstore would be so difficult catering to small-town conservative British folks who aren’t too enthusiastic about reading? Set in 1959, Isabel Coixet’s THE BOOKSHOP centers on Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a 16 years war widow who decides to open a bookstore in the town of Hardborough, Suffolk. The location of the shop is an old abandoned house that local bigwig Violet Gamart (Patricia Clarkson, ice-cold and endlessly calculating) wants to turn into an arts center. Despite the mild-mannered but ruthless opposition she faces from Violet and other stubborn townsfolk, Florence presses on with her underdog business, also striking up a friendship with the local recluse Mr. Brundish (the delightful Bill Nighy), who becomes her best client. Restrained but quietly subversive and bolstered by strong lead performances, THE BOOKSHOP is a melancholic celebration of bibliophilia, based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel of the same name, with a strong resonance of the world today, suggesating that a world without books is a nasty place to live.

This is the opening night gala feature.
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Film Credits
Director
Isabel Coixet
Cast
Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Julie Christie, Hunter Tremayne
Festivals
SIFF 2018