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A Cinematic Smorgasbord – Exploring Scandinavian Film
Shelly Isaacs

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Producing films since 1897, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland have long been noted for their approach to realism, religious and moral themes, oddly humorous take on life, frankness and technical innovation. This lecture series will explore some of those themes with four recent, highly acclaimed and award winning productions.
1. A Royal Affair – Denmark – 2011 - A true and gripping tale of brave idealists who risked everything in the pursuit of freedom for their people, is revealed through a passionate and forbidden romance that changed an entire nation.
2. Troubled Water  – Norway– 2008 - A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. Can work as a church organist and a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son keep the past from catching up with him?
3. Mother of Mine – Finland – 2005 - Told through one child’s experience, this award winning fictional tale is based on an historic but little known event in Scandinavia during WW II, when “war children” in Finland were sent to live out of harm's way.
4. As It Is In Heaven- Sweden – 2004 - A 2005 Academy Award nominee, filled with comedy, drama and music. When a world famous Swedish conductor is faced with a serious illness, he re-visits the village where he spent a memorable part of his childhood.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available in theaters throughout South Florida.  He has enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 30 years, with an emphasis on film, TV and radio production.  Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies. Presently, he teaches foreign-language film appreciation in the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) at Florida ​Atlantic University (FAU)​ – Boca Raton. Since 2004, he has been the curator and host for the International Film Series at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In 2009, Shelly launched Cinematheque at Sea, offering audiences who appreciate foreign-language film an opportunity to experience his program of specially-selected films while on a luxury cruise.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Date: Mondays, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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