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The Bookseller of Belfast

A poetic and humorous portrait of ex-bookseller, John Clancy and the different lives he crosses as he makes his way through the pages of his vast stock of unsold books and across the streets of Belfast.

The staircases of John Clancy’s terraced house are filled with hundreds of unsold volumes like a Noah’s Ark of Knowledge telling the stories of a city that has known stormier times. Accompanied by a dyslexic, opera-loving punk the Bookseller of Belfast treads a new path through the pages yellowed by time and cigarette smoke.

Awarding both the Main prize and the Audience Award at Florence Film Festival the jury had this to say, “It is rare to find a film that has so much tenderness, humour and ability to surprise. What a joy to walk into the mgjical world of it’s characters. And then Giacomo Puccini, Bambi, Whitney Houston, the Tsunami, ancient Rome, Detroit and an oversized mattress. Life and everything in it.”

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Best Film and Audience Award at Festival dei Popoli, (Florence)

Audience Award at Escales documentaires, (La Rochelle)

Best Film at Festival de film éducatif, (Evreux)

Audience Award at Festival Indie Lisboa, (Lisbonne)

Director: Alessandra Celesia

Producer: John McIlduff and Michel David

A Zeugma/Dumbworld Production.