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Hyperactive director Isabel Coixet preparing The Bookshop


- The Catalan filmmaker is steadily firming up names for her new film, which will be shot this summer in the UK, and will star Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson

Hyperactive director Isabel Coixet preparing The Bookshop
Director Isabel Coixet

If there’s one woman in Spain who does a bit of everything, that woman is Isabel Coixet: the director of Nobody Wants the Night [+see also:
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simply doesn’t stop and always has her fingers in many different audiovisual pies. Her most eagerly awaited project is The Bookshop, her own personal adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name, which won the 1979 Booker Prize and recounts the trials and tribulations of a widow who dared to open a bookshop in a small town in England in the 1950s, and was forced to put up with the hostility of the locals. The main cast members include British actors Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy, as well as US actress Patricia Clarkson, who is once again placing herself in Coixet’s capable hands, after she did so for Elegy [+see also:
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and Learning to Drive. This co-production between Spain and the United Kingdom is being staged by A Contracorriente Films (which now has Nieve negra in post-production – read the news), Zephyr Films and Diagonal TV.

In addition, the restless filmmaker presented the short film Un corazón roto no es como un jarrón o un florero at the most recent Málaga Spanish Film Festival, and she will do something similar at the San Sebastián Film Festival with her documentary Spain in a Day, made up of videos sent in by individuals. And it doesn’t stop there: Coixet is also juggling two more projects – namely, the documentary With John – about the life of artist John Berger – and This Man, This Woman, toplined by Penélope Cruz, whose character stumbles across her former partner on a plane, years after they lost contact.

Furthermore, through her company Miss Wasabi, Coixet has backed Nadie nos mira by Julia Solomonoff, and will produce Quisiera parar el tiempo by Elena Trapé, ¿Qué hicimos mal? by Liliana Torres and the long-awaited second film by Sergi Pérez, who surprised audiences with The Long Way Home [+see also:
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: his new movie is called Mal ejemplo and follows a young man’s return to his family home, where his sister is still living and his mother is at death’s door. His return will bring back vivid memories of his reasons for originally leaving that house.

(Translated from Spanish)

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