Program Details

Have You Seen What's Going On Across the Atlantic?:  Contemporary European Cinema - Boca Raton

Shelly Isaacs
Video Catch-up

Course Description

In this session, we will explore award-winning films from across the European continent. Stories that will entertain us, move us, and challenge us to understand another point of view. Involve us in other lives. Make us laugh and cry. Bring us back in time. Isn't that what cinema is supposed to do?


  1. "Official Competition" - Spain, 2021: A director and two actors, each with outsized egos are commissioned by a millionaire to make a movie together in this sharp and sometimes very darkly human comedy skewering wealth, art, and pride
  2. "The Quiet Girl" - Ireland, 2022: Rural Ireland 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one.
  3. "Chess Story" - Germany, 2021: To withstand the psychological torture of the Gestapo, a lawyer imprisoned by the Nazis finds refuge in the world of chess.
  4. "The King of Laughter" - Italy, 2021: Naples, 1904. Eduardo Scarpetta, Italy's greatest actor risks everything to retain his freedom of expression.

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.