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The Bookshop (12A)
March 7th 8:00 pm
BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL 2018
Based on the 1978 novel by Penelope Fitzgerald and set in 1959, war widow Florence Green moves to a rambling, run-down property in fictional Hardborough, on the Suffolk coast, and, on a whim, decides that the town needs a bookshop. Her plans are met with enthusiasm in some quarters – quiet, elderly recluse Mr Brundish and spirited, working-class young Christine – but treacherously polite opposition from the majority. The radical new literature that she stocks, Nabokov’s s Lolita and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is the stuff of subversiveness. A period film about British provincial life that is written and directed by maverick Catalan filmmaker Isabel Coixet, it’s brimming with ideas, not least the timely notion that a world without books is an unpleasant, narrow minded place to be.
Director: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne
Spain/UK/France, 2017, 1 hour 50 minutes