Program Details

Visions of Eight: Contemporary Women Directors 

Shelly Isaacs
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Course Description

According to statistics, the number of female directors employed in the global film industry is still abysmally low. Yet since cinema's inception, women have proven to be exceptional filmmakers. In this session, we'll get to explore the work of eight very accomplished and award-winning contemporary international directors.


  1. Alice Winokur, France: Proxima - Sarah is a French astronaut and the only woman and a single mother, training at the European Space Agency in Cologne. When Sarah is chosen to join the crew of a year-long space mission called Proxima, it creates chaos in her relationship with her young daughter.
  2. Susanne Bier, Denmark: Brothers - Two brothers, one a who has been in prison, the other a soldier, are forced to changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.
  3. Alice Rorwacher, Italy: Happy as Lazzaro -This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination.
  4. Ann Hui, Hong Kong: Our Time Will Come - 1941 Hong Kong is under Japanese occupation. In this inspiring story of sacrifice and bravery, a schoolteacher and her would-be-fiancé link up with Chinese guerrilla fighters, forging their own path to freedom.
  5. Nadine Labaki, Lebanon: Capernaum - When a feisty 12-year-old boy who survives by his wits is sentenced to spend five years in prison, he sues his parents for neglect.
  6. Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Grbavic: Land Of My Dreams - A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Bosnian War.
  7. Kristina Grozeva, Bulgaria: The Lesson - In a small Bulgarian town, Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out herself?
  8. Katell Quillévéré, France: Heal The Living - Based upon a bestselling novel, following three seemingly unrelated stories connected through tragedy and hope: ultimately, it is an impassioned story of personal connections that philosophically, spiritually, and literally plumbs the depths of the human heart. 

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs, M.A. is founder and host for Café Cinematheque International, a foreign language film program presented in venues throughout South Florida. As a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, Isaacs specialized in promoting movies & entertainment. He earned a master's degree in media ecology studies from New York University, and taught graduate-level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, a film program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.