ALL SMILES — Bill Nighy and Emily Mortimer in “The Bookshop” (Photo submitted)

Drama based upon the novel ‘The Bookshop’

Published Sep 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the British drama “The Bookshop” from Friday, Sept. 14-Thursday, Sept. 20. 

“The Bookshop” is based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s acclaimed 1978 novel of the same title and was directed by Isabel Coixet.

England, 1959. Free-spirited Florence (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative town.

While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book-loving widower (Bill Nighy).

As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? The movie also stars Honor Kneafsey and James Lance.

Coixet’s screenplay won the Frankfurt Book Fair prize for “Best International Literary Adaptation” and “The Bookshop” received 12 nominations for the Goya Awards, winning “Best Film,” “Best Director,” and “Best Adapted Screenplay.”

NPR writes “Coixet has a lyrical sense of place, and she has made a charming, well-acted adaptation that ably conjures visual pleasure out of the written word.”

“The Bookshop” runs 113 minutes and is rated PG (for some thematic elements, language, and brief smoking).

Admission is $7, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Monday-Thursday at 7p.m.

The Friday 4 and Sunday 1 show times will include captions for the hearing-impaired.