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“The two are different but they’re related,” he said in reference to the theme of romantic love and literature. “They are both about telling a story. What we always do is tell each other stories whether that’s through a building, a painting, or even a guy telling a joke at the office.”

The 45-year-old writer and director said inspiration for his film started right at home: “I love books, I love reading and I always loved the idea of setting a story in a bookstore because that’s the one location where everything that’s every been known can be found.”

He points out that while in modern-days the Internet is a wealth of knowledge at one’s fingertips, it isn’t associated with a specific location like a bookstore.

And it’s at a bookstore where Bryan, a shy teenager, falls head over heels with his classmate, Lisa. He wins her heart with the help of a disgruntled bookstore owner named George, who teaches Bryan how to win the girl of his dreams using poetry, literature and Italian culture. After all, Italy has always been the country of love and romance with a famous list of paramours like Casanova and Rudolph Valentino; the world knows all about the tragic and enduring romance between Romeo and Juliet, and Shakespeare set thirteen of his plays in Italy.

George is played by Diamante who calls the role “a highly over-dramatized version of myself.”

“My character is Italian-Canadian and there’s the idea of culture as a source of colonization and how literature can be oppressive but it can also be liberating. “Art is a liberating force because it has no rules.” 

He adds, “There’s the ability to view factors from a different perspective.”

It’s something Diamante has had the opportunity to do himself. He was born in the Veneto region in Italy, lived in Kuwait for a number of years and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 16 years old.

Diamante is an award-winning director and screenwriter whose previous film Ulysses won the award for best picture at the Art Film Festival in Bergamo. ( The screenplay for ” The Bookstore ” was in the Top 10 for the month of July 2015 on the site, founded by director Francis Ford Coppola. (

Diamante said the film is a labour of love that combines his passion for film and literature and showcases his sense of humour.

“Even if you don’t like literature this film is for you because it will make you feel smarter,” he said.  

The Bookstore is running an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds, but Diamante points out that he has also secured private investors as well.

Plans are underway to shoot the film on February 1, 2016, and editing is set to begin in June.


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