Program Details

Ciao Cinema:  Contemporary Italian Film

Shelly Isaacs
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Course Description

Today's most prominent Italian filmmakers have successfully revived and imbued their cinema with stories that reflect their history, their present problems, and the human condition, warts and all. These four films explore the cultural conundrum of a country and its people. All films will be shown in their entirety. Titles are subject to change.


  1. "The Eight Mountains," 2022: An epic journey of friendship and self-discovery set in the breathtaking Italian Alps, The Eight Mountains follows over four decades the profound, complex relationship between Pietro and Bruno.
  2. "The Organizer," 1963: In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Turin, an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it’s not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor that they find their voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. 
  3. “Never Too Late For Love," 2022: A retired professor evicted from his Rome Apartment moves back to his hometown of Abruzzo. Discovering a ragtag group living his ancestral home and having given up on love, they encourage him to take the leap when he meets Stefania, a charming woman of his age.
  4. "Viva La Liberta," 2013: When the failing leader of Italy's opposition party disappears after an especially depressing electoral defeat in Rome, his panicked political handler replaces him with his twin brother, an unstable philosophy professor.

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.