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“Hello, Bookstore,” is how Matthew Tannenbaum has answered the phone at his Lenox, Massachusetts independent shop every day since 1976. Charming, avuncular, eccentric, relaxed: a man surrounded by great literature, friendly neighbors, and tree-lined streets in a town where time seems to have stood still. A.B. Zax captures the sensibility of the dedicated reader for whom a bookstore is a tiny piece of paradise, a Brigadoon where one savors great words and ideas merely by browsing its wares. Peppered with passages from My Ántonia (Willa Cather), Beautiful Losers (Leonard Cohen), The Human Stain (Philip Roth), Henry V (William Shakespeare), and poetry by Billy Collins, Robert Frost, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, Hello, Bookstore is a valentine to human creativity, of both the literary and entrepreneurial kind. When the Covid epidemic renders bookstores off-limits, Tannenbaum needs to regroup, and Zax’s story becomes only more inspiring. (Film Forum)

Compelling and heartwarming. A drama worthy of Hollywood magic created by Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart.

Thomas Farragher, The Boston Globe

Director

A.B. Zax

Credits
Country of Origin

USA

Year

2021

Language

In English

19+
85 min

Book Tickets

Friday May 27

6:45 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Saturday May 28

6:45 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Monday May 30

8:00 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Tuesday May 31

6:15 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Thursday June 02

8:00 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Credits

Producers

A.B. Zax, Mark Franks, Melissa Nathan, Sydney Flint

Cinematography

A.B. Zax

Editors

Mark Franks, A.B. Zax

Music

Jeffrey Lubin