Magazine article Screen International

'Handia', Isabel Coixet’s 'The Bookshop' Top Goya Nominations

Magazine article Screen International

'Handia', Isabel Coixet’s 'The Bookshop' Top Goya Nominations

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Handia leads the Spanish Oscars with 13 nominations while The Bookshop scores 12.

The Bookshop

Handia, a film inspired by the true story of an unusally tall man from the Basque country who became a circus attraction in the 19th century, has received 13 nominations for the Spanish Film Academy Awards. Among the Goya favourites are also Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop - with 12 nominations - and Carla Simón’s Summer 1993.

Directed by Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño, who previously teamed up for Loreak, Handia premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival where it won the special jury prize. Its Goya nominations include best film, best director, best original screenplay and best production design.

Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, adapted from Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel set in 1950s England, scooped 12 Goya nominations including best film, best director, best actress for Emily Mortimer and best supporting actor for Bill Nighy. …

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