Program Details

Making Your World Less Foreign: An Appreciation of International Cinema

Shelly Isaacs
Movies / Arts & Letters

Course Description

This is an eight-week journey that will take the audience around the world to explore compelling stories, meet absorbing characters, and discover how relating to the human condition, in all its forms, is truly a global experience.


  1. Nora's Will, 2008 - Mexico: When a mysterious photograph is discovered under the bed of his deceased ex-wife, it leads to an unexpected outcome, reminding us that sometimes the greatest love stories are hidden in the smallest places.
  2. Back to Burgundy, 2017 - France: A prodigal son returns to the family vineyard after 10 years. To save the winery, he must re-build his relationship with his brother and sister.
  3. The People vs. Fritz Bauer, 2015 - Germany: The story of the German prosecutor who survived the Holocaust as an exile and returned to Germany where he was instrumental in bringing high ranking “hidden” Nazis, among them Adolph Eichmann, to justice.
  4. Truman, 2016 - Spain: Julian, an actor in Barcelona, receives an unexpected visit from an old friend. Through Julian’s complicated situation they share emotional and surprising moments that bring a fulfillment to their relationship.
  5. The Dinner, 2014 - Italy: Two brothers and their wives, and the interactions between them and their two high-school aged children. An incident questions how far parents will go to protect their children.
  6. Glory, 2016 - Bulgaria: A reclusive railway trackman finds millions spilled on the tracks and turns them in to the police, and finds that no good deed goes unpunished.
  7. Sweet Bean, 2015 - Japan: When the manager of Japanese pancake stall with his own problems hires an elderly woman, an unlikely relationship develops that takes bittersweet and heartwarming turns.
  8. Wild Tales, 2014 - Argentina:  Divided into six segments, each with ironic twists and dark humor, exploring the extremes of human behavior involving people in distress.

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs is the founder and host for Cafe Cinematheque International, sharing his passion for foreign language film in venues throughout South Florida. As a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, Isaacs specialized in film, TV, and radio promotions. Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he taught graduate-level courses in cultural studies with an emphasis on film. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, making his program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.