The film will open the festival on May 17 at McCaw Hall.

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The Seattle International Film Festival has gone bookish with its opening this year: It’ll kick off the 44th annual edition of the festival with “The Bookshop,” Spanish-born filmmaker Isabel Coixet’s adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel. Emily Mortimer stars as a war widow who opens a bookshop in a sleepy English town; Patricia Clarkson (who previously collaborated with Coixet in 2015’s “Learning to Drive“) and Bill Nighy costar. The film, a winner of several Goya Awards (Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars) including best film and best director, recently screened at the Berlin Film Festival.

“The Bookshop” will open the festival on Thursday, May 17 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, followed by the opening-night party at Fisher Pavilion. Special red-carpet guests will be announced closer to the date.

SIFF runs from May 17 through June 10, at multiple venues, presenting more than 400 films from 80 countries. Opening-night tickets and festival passes are currently on sale; the full festival lineup will be announced May 3, on which date individual tickets will go on sale. For more information, see or call 206-324-9996.