The Bookshop (film)
UK release poster
|Directed by||Isabel Coixet|
|Written by||Isabel Coixet|
|Based on||The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald|
|Narrated by||Julie Christie|
|Music by||Alfonso Vilallonga|
|Edited by||Bernat Aragones|
|Distributed by||Celsius Entertainment|
|Box office||$9.7 million|
The Bookshop is a 2017 drama film written and directed by Isabel Coixet, based on the novel of the same name by Penelope Fitzgerald. The film stars Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, and Bill Nighy. This is the third collaboration between Patricia Clarkson and Isabel Coixet, after Elegy and Learning to Drive, and the second 2017 film that features both Mortimer and Clarkson after The Party.
The film was shot in Portaferry, County Down, Northern Ireland, and in Barcelona, Spain during August and September 2016. The film won three Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The film, like the novel, is set mainly in 1959, and centres around Florence Green, a middle-aged widow, who decides to open a bookshop in the small fictional coastal town of Hardborough, Suffolk. The location chosen is the Old House, an abandoned, damp house said to be infested by ghosts. After many sacrifices, Florence manages to start her business, which grows for about a year after which sales slump. Mr. Brundish, the lonely and mysterious inhabitant of the house at the top of the hill, is Florence's best client. The influential and ambitious Mrs. Gamart intends to set up an arts centre in the Old House. Mrs. Gamart's nephew, a member of Parliament, sponsors a bill that empowers local councils to buy any historical building that has been left uninhabited for five years. The bill is passed, the Old House is compulsorily purchased, and Florence is evicted.
- Emily Mortimer as Florence Green
- Patricia Clarkson as Violet Gamart
- Bill Nighy as Edmund Brundish
- Honor Kneafsey as Christine
- James Lance as Milo North
- Harvey Bennett as Wally
- Michael Fitzgerald as Mr Raven
- Jorge Suquet as Mr Thornton
- Hunter Tremayne as Mr Keble
- Frances Barber as Jessie
- Gary Piquer as Mr Gill
- Lucy Tillett as Mrs Gilling
- Lana O'Kell as Ivy Welford
- Nigel O'Neill as Mr Deben
- Toby Gibson as Peter Gipping
- Charlotte Vega as Kattie
- Mary O'Driscoll as Mrs Keble
- Karen Ardiff as Mrs Deben
- Rachel Gadd as Female Inspector
- Richard Felix as William
- Barry Barnes as Inspector Sheppard
- Nick Devlin as Harold
The Bookshop, La librería in Spanish, premiered at the inauguration gala of the 2017 edition of SEMINCI, Valladolid, with excellent reviews. The Spanish release took place on 10 November, with unanimous positive reviews and grossing close to 3.5 million USD along more than fifteen weeks in Spanish theaters.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 57% based on 72 reviews, and an average rating of 5.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A rare adaptation that sticks too closely to its source material, The Bookshop's meticulously crafted world building gets lost in its meandering pace." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 62 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
On 13 December 2017, The Bookshop received 12 nominations for the XXXIIIrd edition of the Goya Awards, by the Spanish Cinema Acedemy. On 3 February 2018, it won three major Goya Awards: Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
On 28 December 2017, the film won 12 nominations for the Xth edition of the Gaudí Awards. including Best Non-Catalan Speaking Film, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay. On 28 January 2018, it won two Gaudí Awards for Best Artistic Direction and Best Original Score.
On 13 March 2018, the film won 4 nominations for the 5th edition of the Platino Awards. including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Music. The 5th Platino Awards gala will take place at Xcaret, (Riviera Maya), Mexico, on 29 April 2018.
|32nd Goya Awards
(3 February 2018)
|Best Director||Isabel Coixet||Won|||
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Won|||
|Best Actress||Emily Mortimer||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actor||Bill Nighy||Nominated|||
|Best Cinematography||Jean-Claude Larrieu||Nominated|
|Best Edition||Bernat Aragonés||Nominated|||
|Best Art Direction||Llorenç Miquel and Marc Pou||Nominated|
|Best Production Supervision||Jordi Berenguer and Alex Boyd||Nominated|
|Best Original Score||Alfonso de Vilallonga||Nominated|||
|Best Original Song||"Feeling Loney on a Sunday Afternoon"||Nominated|||
|Best Costume Design||Mercè Paloma||Nominated|||
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