The Bookshop

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Opening film of MIFF 2018! England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov (the “scandalous” novel Lolita), she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive, a top finisher in MIFF’s Audience Award voting in 2015), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community. Isabel Coixet’s gentle, charming, and thoroughly principled new English-language film walked away with most major awards at her native Spain’s Oscar-equivalent Goya awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. PG. 113 Min.