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The Bookshop

Der Buchladen der Florence Green


Patricia Clarkson (Actress), Isabel Coixet (Director), Emily Mortimer (Actress)

Moderation: Anatol Weber

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At the end of the 1950s, a young widow named Florence Green decides to put her grief behind her and make a long-cherished dream come true. She buys a weather-beaten house in the sleepy English coastal town of Hardborough and opens a bookshop inside it. But her project encounters both prejudice and resistance. The town’s provincial inhabitants, who haven’t really encountered any of the cultural upheavals that have swept through the country’s far-off urban centres, are catapulted out of their lethargy by cutting-edge controversial contemporary works such as Nabokov's ‘Lolita’ and Ray Bradbury's ‘Fahrenheit 451’. Florence finds a kindred spirit in the shape of the reclusive Mr Brundish, but she also finds a formidable opponent in Mrs Gamart, a local figure and would-be patron of the arts who jealously guards her sphere of influence. This adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel is a celebration of bibliophilia. Director Isabel Coixet has succeeded in creating a distinctive, stylistically coherent drama about the struggle of a woman who courageously takes her life into her own hands and tries to introduce a breath of fresh air into a crusty community.

Isabel Coixet

Spain / Great Britain / Germany 2017


113’ · Colour


Emily Mortimer (Florence Green)
Bill Nighy (Edmund Brundish)
Patricia Clarkson (Violet Gamart)
James Lance (Milo North)
Honor Kneafsey (Christine Gipping)
Frances Barber (Jessie Welford)
Jorge Suquet (Mr. Thornton)
Charlotte Vega (Kattie)
Hunter Tremayne (Mr. Keble)
Reg Wilson (General Gamart)


Written and directed by
Isabel Coixet, based upon the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald
Director of Photography
Jean Claude Larrieu
Bernat Aragonés
Alfonso de Vilallonga
Sound Design
Enrique G. Bermejo
Albert Gay
Production Design
Llorenç Miquel
Mercè Paloma
Montse Sanfeliu
Assistant Director
Luca Vacchi
Jeremy Zimmermann
Production Managers
Jordi Berenguer, Alex Boyd
Joan Bas, Jaume Banacolocha, Adolfo Blanco, Chris Curling
Executive Producers
Albert Sagalés, Manuel Monzón, Paz Recolons, Fernando Riera
Jamila Wenske, Sol Bondy
One Two Films, Berlin


Isabel Coixet

Born in Barcelona, she studied history and then began working in advertising with her commercials winning several awards. In 2000 she founded her own production company, Miss Wasabi. She garnered her first international success with Things I Never Told You (Panorama, 1996). Her film Elegy participated in the 2008 Competition. In 2009 she was a member of the International Jury, in 2011 her documentary Listening to the Judge screened in the Berlinale, as did her feature film Yesterday Never Ends in 2013. In 2015 she opened the Festival with her feature film Nobody Wants the Night.


1984 Mira y veras; short film 1989 Demasiado viejo para morir joven (Too Old to Die Young) 1995 Cosas que nunca te dije (Things I Never Told You) 1998 A los que aman (To Those Who Love) 2002 Mi vida sin mi (My Life Without Me) 2004 ¡Hay motivo!; segment “La insoportable levedad del carrito de la compra” 2005 La vida secreta de les paraules (The Secret Life of Words) 2006 Paris, je t’aime; segment “Bastille” · Cartas a Nora; short film 2008 Elegy 2009 Map of the Sounds of Tokio 2010 Aral. The Lost Sea; documentary 2011 Escuchando al juez Garzón (Listening to the Judge); documentary 2012 Marea Blanca; short film 2013 Ayer no termina nunca (Yesterday Never Ends) 2014 Aprendiendo a conducir (Learning to Drive) · Mi otro yo (Another Me) 2015 Nadie Quiere la Noche (Nobody Wants the Night) 2016 Spain in a Day; documentary 2017 The Bookshop

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Diagonal Televisió

A Contracorriente Films

Green Films

Zephyr Films

World sales

Celsius Entertainment