WHO’S IN IT?
Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island), Patricia Clarkson (The Party), Bill Nighy (Their Finest), Honor Kneafsey (Miss You Already), James Lance (Bronson), Michael Fitzgerald (Love Actually), Jorge Suquet (The Mule), Hunter Tremayne (film debut), Frances Barber (Prick Up Your Ears), Gary Piquer (If I Were You), Lucy Tillett (Unmade Beds), Lana O’Kell (Off-Piste), Nigel O’Neill (Behold the Lamb), Toby Gibson (film debut), Charlotte Vega (American Assassin), Mary O’Driscoll (Brooklyn), Karen Ardiff (Evelyn), Rachel Gadd (film debut), Richard Felix (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), Barry Barnes (’71), Nick Devlin (The Canal)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), director, writer; Jaume Banacolocha (Nobody Is Perfect), Joan Bas (The Broken Crown), Adolfo Blanco (Painless), Chris Curling (Esther Kahn) and Albert Sagalés (Estación Central), producers; Alfonso de Vilallonga (Hours of Light), composer; Jean-Claude Larrieu (Julieta), cinematographer; Bernat Aragonés (The Frost), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In a small seaside town in 1959 England, widow Florence Green (Mortimer) decides to open a bookshop, despite the fierce opposition of local and influential socialite Mrs. Gamart (Clarkson), who would rather the shop be home to an arts centre. Soon, Florence is able to expose the small-minded townsfolk to the wonders of literature, and even strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Edmund Brundish (Nighy) who lives alone on top of the hill….
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Books have never been a more powerful weapon, and that fact is re-enforced by this charming and sweet tale of a woman’s goal to bring a sense of culture to a very isolated community.