Isabel Coixet is one of the most adventurous and imaginative filmmakers at work today. Although Spanish -- or, rather, Catalan -- by birth, based in Barcelona, she has set and shot features in Tokyo, New York, the North Sea, and even the Arctic. Crossing borders and languages, her films are psychologically complex and often melancholic, dashed with humour. Since her breakthrough film My Life Without Me, Coixet has won wide recognition for her intimate storytelling and distinctive technique. Her latest movie, Learning to Drive, takes her in a new, lighter direction. Coixet talks to Eleanor about the ideas, experiences and lifelong passion for film that inspire her work.