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VIKING FILMOGRAPHY BY ITINERARY

Films provide a vivid window into your travels, especially when their settings shine through as a main character. Such is the case with many of these films—whether biographies or histories, comedies or dramas. We hope these selections will complement your travel experience, inspire your wanderlust and provide a cultural lens through which to view a place.

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VIKING HOMELANDS

Copenhagen (2014)
Director: Mark Raso
This coming-of-age film follows an immature young man traveling through Europe. He pauses in Copenhagen, city of his birth, to deliver a letter written by his dead father to his grandfather.

Flame & Citron (2008)
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
In this action-drama, we follow two Danish resistance fighters, Flame and Citron, who kill Danish Nazis and collaborators without hesitation until they are no longer certain who their targets represent.

Hamlet (2000)
Director: Michael Almereyda
In this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play, the castle at Elsinore is replaced by the “Denmark Corporation,” and a remarkable cast breathes new life into the classic tale. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray and Sam Shepard.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Director: Tom Stoppard
In this classic comedy-drama, the two titular minor characters from Shakespeare’s famous play travel to Elsinore Castle to determine what is troubling Prince Hamlet. All the while, they experience angst about the meaning of their existence.

Babette’s Feast (1987)
Director: Gabriel Axel
Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and based on the Isak Dinesen story, a pair of 19th-century sisters from a dwindling and strict religion recall an episode from their younger days: After sacrificing their personal lives to care for their father, their lodger Babette selflessly prepares a lavish meal using money she secretly won in a lottery.

Loves of a Dictator (1935)
Director: Victor Saville
This historic drama depicts the tumultuous 18th-century relationships between King Christian VII and his English consort, and between the queen and the royal physician. Originally titled The Dictator.

Revolution of Pigs (2004)
Director: René Reinumägi
This comedy serves as a metaphor of Estonian life in the 1980s, as a young man and hundreds of teens attending summer camp rebel against the strict rules of their oppressive camp counselors.

Names in Marble (2002)
Director: Elmo Nüganen
Based on the popular 1936 Estonian novel, this inspiring film recounts the story of the Estonian War of Independence fought between 1918 and 1920.

Candles in the Dark (1993)
Director: Maximilian Schell
This Christmas movie follows a young woman after her father sends her to Estonia to live with her aunt. Soon she is being hunted by the KGB and simultaneously falling in love.

Spring (1969)
Director: Arvo Kruusement
In this adaptation of the well-known Estonian novel, love and life unfold in a late 1800s country boarding school. Originally titled Kevade.

Viimne Reliikvia (1969)
Director: Grigori Kromanov
This cult classic based on a historic novel chronicles the last days of the Pirita Monastery in Tallinn, as a peasant uprising threatens the sanctuary during the Livonian War of the 16th century.

Love and Other Troubles (2012)
Director: Samuli Valkama
In this romantic comedy, an American line-dancing teacher makes her home in Finland where she meets a young man, once a child star, and his father, a former rock star. Complications arise when both men fall in love with her.

The Border (2007)
Director: Lauri Törhönen
This wartime film is set in 1918 after the Finnish Civil War and follows a Finnish soldier to a small village to establish part of the border between his country and Soviet Russia.

Lovers & Leavers (2002)
Director: Aku Louhimies
This dramatic film is based on a Finnish novel and follows Iiris, a 30-year-old bookstore worker, who meets the perfect man.

Ponterosa (2001)
Director: Mika Kemmo
Filmed throughout Finland and regarded as a classic among young audiences when it was released, the story follows a disparate group of people staying at a campsite in the Åland Islands.

Calamari Union (1985)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
This absurdist comedy, considered a cult classic, provides insight into Finnish humor. Turning the American gangster film on its head, the film centers on 16 men named Frank who, disgruntled with the oppressive conditions of their Helsinki neighborhood, decide to move to an adjacent district.

Black Roses (1936)
Director: Paul Martin
This German-made film takes place when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. It centers on a Finnish revolutionary who is plotting against agents of the tsar, with help from a Russian dancer. Originally titled Roses Noires.

The Monuments Men (2014)
Director: George Clooney
Set during World War II, this film follows a team of art conservationists tasked with saving artwork and other cultural treasures from destruction and theft by the Nazis. The movie has an all-star cast, including Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

The Reader (2008)
Director: Stephen Daldry
Set in post-WWII Germany, this drama follows the life of a young man whose affair with an older woman will haunt him for the rest of his life. Kate Winslet won an Oscar for her performance.

North Face (2008)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Based on a true story, this suspenseful adventure film set in 1936 is about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps—the Eiger. As Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the Swiss massif, two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

The Lives of Others (2006)
Director: Florian Hencwkel-Donnersmarck
It’s 1984 in East Berlin and the population is strictly controlled by the Secret Police. A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out “dangerous” characters is thrown into a quandary when he must investigate a harmless man who is deemed a threat.

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Filmed largely in Berlin, this must-see film set in 1990 tells the story of a young man who works to protect his fragile, ailing mother from the fatal shock of learning that East Germany, the country she knows and loves, no longer exists.

Run, Lola, Run (1998)
Director: Tom Tykwer
After her boyfriend, Manni, loses 100,000 DM that belongs to a very bad guy, Lola has 20 minutes to raise the same amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, Manni will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor events along Lola’s run. Originally titled Lola rennt.

Wings of Desire (1987)
Director: Wim Wenders
In this beautiful fantasy film, immortal, invisible angels in Berlin listen to the inner thoughts of the city’s citizens and provide comfort to the distressed. When one angel falls in love with a female trapeze artist, he chooses to become human so he can experience human feelings.

The Tin Drum (1979)
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
The highly acclaimed adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass’s surreal novel about a mute dwarf named Oskar, who lives through Nazi Germany. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. Originally titled Die Blechtrommel.

Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture (1976)
Director: Gary Conklin
This fascinating documentary profiles the cultural richness of Berlin during the Weimar Republic through interviews with the city’s renowned writers, composers and artists.

Cabaret (1972)
Director: Bob Fosse
This classic film starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York dramatizes the life of a Berlin nightclub singer who is romancing two men as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Fosse won an Oscar for Best Director; Minnelli and Joel Grey won Oscars and Golden Globes for their performances; and the movie won five Oscars including Best Cinematography and Music, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Pictures.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Director: Martin Ritt
In this spy movie based on the John Le Carré novel, Richard Burton plays a British agent sent into East Germany to plant damning information about an intelligence officer.

Heidelberger Romanze (1951)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
While on a trip to Heidelberg with his daughter, a wealthy American businessman recounts a romance he had with a local girl 40 years before.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

Ida (2013)
Director: Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this road movie has been called a masterpiece of Polish cinema. It follows a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun, only to discover her parents were Jewish.

Wałęsa: Man of Hope. (2013)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This biopic of Lech Wałęsa follows the ascendancy of a humble electrician at the Gdańsk Shipyard from demonstrator to president of Poland, and examines the influence his rise to power had on other regions of Europe.

Forgiveness (2008)
Director: Director: Mariusz Kotowski
Also screened under the title Esther’s Diary, this dramatic Holocaust film follows the adult daughters of two women who were best friends in 1940s Poland, but were later separated by Nazi horrors. One daughter learns of the past from her mother’s diary.

Jakob the Liar (1999)
Director: Director: Peter Kassovitz
Set in a wartime Polish ghetto, this film stars Robin Williams as a shopkeeper who spreads hope among the imprisoned community by fabricating tales about approaching Allied advances, claiming he has heard such stories on his secret radio.

The Deluge (1974)
Director: Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Hailed as one of the most popular movies in the history of Polish cinema, this film is based on the 1886 novel that recounts the thwarted Swedish invasion of Poland-Lithuania from 1655 to 1658.

Wesele (1973)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This film, set at the turn of the 20th century, focuses on the wedding between a poet from Kraków and a peasant girl. Their ceremony turns into an examination of the century-long division of Poland under Russia, Prussia and Austria.

The Hermitage Revealed (2014)
Director: Director: Margy Kinmonth
This fascinating film depicts the real-life story behind the magnificent art collection of one of the world’s greatest art museums.

Tsvet Natsii (2013)
Director: Director: Sergey Nurmamed
Leonid Parfenov, a well-known Russian TV presenter, journalist and author of documentaries, dedicates this documentary to the 150th anniversary of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Russian Ark (2002)
Director: Director: Alexsandr Sokurov
When a 19th-century French aristocrat takes a dreamlike journey through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, he encounters notable figures from Russian and European history. Originally titled Russkiy kovcheg.

War and Peace (1956)
Director: Director: King Vidor
Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda star in this condensed adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic, originally released in 1956.

Anna Karenina (2012)
Director: Director: Joe Wright
Tom Stoppard adapted this screenplay from the famed Leo Tolstoy novel that is so central to Russia’s rich culture. Keira Knightley stars as the Russian aristocrat and statesman’s wife who has an affair with wealthy officer Count Vronsky, with tragic results.

Water (2006)
Director: Director: Julia Perkul, Anastasiya Popova
Witness breathtaking discoveries of water by researchers worldwide, from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and more, as they try to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.

Reds (1981)
Director: Director: Warren Beatty
An epic film starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, this saga recounts the events leading up to the Russian Revolution. It is brilliantly interspersed with interviews of witnesses to the uprising. Beatty won an Oscar for Best Directing.

Oblomov (1980)
Director: Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Middle-aged Oblomov sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his childhood on his parent’s estate. But when his boyhood companion, Stoltz, introduces him to Olga, Oblomov takes a country house near Olga’s and soon they’re in love. Originally titled Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova.

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)
Director: Director: Don Sharp
This fictional account of the famed Russian peasant and mystic, played by Christopher Lee, is loosely based on the accounts of Prince Yusupov, who is thought to have murdered the Romanov confidant in his St. Petersburg palace.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Director: Director: David Lean
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, this epic drama-romance starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie unfolds as World War I and the Russian Revolution are brewing. It earned Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay and Original Score; and is tied with Love Story, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Star Is Born for the most wins by a film.

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Director: Director: S.M. Eisenstein
In this silent film, the crew members of the titled warship rise up against their officers of the tsarist regime. It has been called one of the greatest propaganda films of all time, providing a look at pre-Soviet Russia.

Beyond the Border (2011)
Director: Director: Richard Holm
This war film tells the story of Swedish soldiers who mistakenly cross the wrong side of the Nazi border. When a Swedish colonel sends an execution squad to cover up the error, the soldiers must overcome two enemies.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Director: Director: Niels Arden Oplev
This mystery-thriller follows a journalist through a rich Swedish setting as he searches, with the help of a young female hacker, for a woman who disappeared 40 years ago. Re-made in 2011 as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor.

My Life As a Dog (1985)
Director: Director: Lasse Hallström
This delightful movie follows 12-year-old Ingemar as he is sent away to live with relatives after his mother becomes terminally ill. It won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
In this atmospheric Bergman classic, two children from a large family living in Uppsala experience the joys and pains of life during the first decade of the 1900s. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Foreign Language Film.

I’ll Take Sweden (1965)
Director: Director: Frederick de Cordova
This comedy stars Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld and Frankie Avalon as a father, daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law. In an effort to distance his daughter from her suitor, Hope accepts a transfer to Stockholm from his oil company employer, but his plan backfires.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
This drama-fantasy is Bergman’s classic about a medieval knight returning from the Crusades only to find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. He encounters the character of Death on a beach and they begin a fateful game of chess.

BALTIC JEWELS & THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Copenhagen (2014)
Director: Mark Raso
This coming-of-age film follows an immature young man traveling through Europe. He pauses in Copenhagen, city of his birth, to deliver a letter written by his dead father to his grandfather.

Flame & Citron (2008)
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
In this action-drama, we follow two Danish resistance fighters, Flame and Citron, who kill Danish Nazis and collaborators without hesitation until they are no longer certain who their targets represent.

Hamlet (2000)
Director: Michael Almereyda
In this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play, the castle at Elsinore is replaced by the “Denmark Corporation,” and a remarkable cast breathes new life into the classic tale. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray and Sam Shepard.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Director: Tom Stoppard
In this classic comedy-drama, the two titular minor characters from Shakespeare’s famous play travel to Elsinore Castle to determine what is troubling Prince Hamlet. All the while, they experience angst about the meaning of their existence.

Babette’s Feast (1987)
Director: Gabriel Axel
Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and based on the Isak Dinesen story, a pair of 19th-century sisters from a dwindling and strict religion recall an episode from their younger days: After sacrificing their personal lives to care for their father, their lodger Babette selflessly prepares a lavish meal using money she secretly won in a lottery.

Loves of a Dictator (1935)
Director: Victor Saville
This historic drama depicts the tumultuous 18th-century relationships between King Christian VII and his English consort, and between the queen and the royal physician. Originally titled The Dictator.

The Iron Lady (2011)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
In this biopic, Meryl Streep plays former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, teetering on the edge of reality with dementia and recalling her rise and fall. Streep won an Oscar for her performance.

Atonement (2007)
Director: Joe Wright
Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, this powerful film unfolds over six decades, beginning in the 1930s when a crime with far-reaching consequences is committed. It won a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

The Queen (2006)
Director: Stephen Frears
Dame Helen Mirren turns in an Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in this film that profiles the Queen’s attempts to treat Princess Diana’s death as a private family matter.

Gosford Park (2001)
Director: Robert Altman
In this period mystery-drama, co-written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a dinner party at an English country house is disrupted by a murder, affecting the lives of both the upstairs guests and the downstairs servants. The movie boasts an incredible ensemble cast, including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi and Clive Owen. Fellowes received a Best Writing Oscar for his contribution.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Director: John Madden
This delightful, romantic comedy-drama depicts an imaginary love affair between the bard and a budding actress who must dress as a man in order to land female roles in the playwright’s productions at the Globe Theater. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest, this film tells the story of an Irish rogue who wins over a wealthy widow so he may take her dead husband’s position as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It offers a fine portrayal of English society and class. The film won four Academy Awards, and Kubrick was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

Revolution of Pigs (2004)
Director: René Reinumägi
This comedy serves as a metaphor of Estonian life in the 1980s, as a young man and hundreds of teens attending summer camp rebel against the strict rules of their oppressive camp counselors.

Names in Marble (2002)
Director: Elmo Nüganen
Based on the popular 1936 Estonian novel, this inspiring film recounts the story of the Estonian War of Independence fought between 1918 and 1920.

Candles in the Dark (1993)
Director: Maximilian Schell
This Christmas movie follows a young woman after her father sends her to Estonia to live with her aunt. Soon she is being hunted by the KGB and simultaneously falling in love.

Spring (1969)
Director: Arvo Kruusement
In this adaptation of the well-known Estonian novel, love and life unfold in a late 1800s country boarding school. Originally titled Kevade.

Viimne Reliikvia (1969)
Director: Grigori Kromanov
This cult classic based on a historic novel chronicles the last days of the Pirita Monastery in Tallinn, as a peasant uprising threatens the sanctuary during the Livonian War of the 16th century.

Love and Other Troubles (2012)
Director: Samuli Valkama
In this romantic comedy, an American line-dancing teacher makes her home in Finland where she meets a young man, once a child star, and his father, a former rock star. Complications arise when both men fall in love with her.

The Border (2007)
Director: Lauri Törhönen
This wartime film is set in 1918 after the Finnish Civil War and follows a Finnish soldier to a small village to establish part of the border between his country and Soviet Russia.

Lovers & Leavers (2002)
Director: Aku Louhimies
This dramatic film is based on a Finnish novel and follows Iiris, a 30-year-old bookstore worker, who meets the perfect man.

Ponterosa (2001)
Director: Mika Kemmo
Filmed throughout Finland and regarded as a classic among young audiences when it was released, the story follows a disparate group of people staying at a campsite in the Åland Islands.

Calamari Union (1985)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
This absurdist comedy, considered a cult classic, provides insight into Finnish humor. Turning the American gangster film on its head, the film centers on 16 men named Frank who, disgruntled with the oppressive conditions of their Helsinki neighborhood, decide to move to an adjacent district.

Black Roses (1936)
Director: Paul Martin
This German-made film takes place when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. It centers on a Finnish revolutionary who is plotting against agents of the tsar, with help from a Russian dancer. Originally titled Roses Noires.

The Monuments Men (2014)
Director: George Clooney
Set during World War II, this film follows a team of art conservationists tasked with saving artwork and other cultural treasures from destruction and theft by the Nazis. The movie has an all-star cast, including Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

The Reader (2008)
Director: Stephen Daldry
Set in post-WWII Germany, this drama follows the life of a young man whose affair with an older woman will haunt him for the rest of his life. Kate Winslet won an Oscar for her performance.

North Face (2008)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Based on a true story, this suspenseful adventure film set in 1936 is about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps—the Eiger. As Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the Swiss massif, two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

The Lives of Others (2006)
Director: Florian Hencwkel-Donnersmarck
It’s 1984 in East Berlin and the population is strictly controlled by the Secret Police. A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out “dangerous” characters is thrown into a quandary when he must investigate a harmless man who is deemed a threat.

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Filmed largely in Berlin, this must-see film set in 1990 tells the story of a young man who works to protect his fragile, ailing mother from the fatal shock of learning that East Germany, the country she knows and loves, no longer exists.

Run, Lola, Run (1998)
Director: Tom Tykwer
After her boyfriend, Manni, loses 100,000 DM that belongs to a very bad guy, Lola has 20 minutes to raise the same amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, Manni will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor events along Lola’s run. Originally titled Lola rennt.

Wings of Desire (1987)
Director: Wim Wenders
In this beautiful fantasy film, immortal, invisible angels in Berlin listen to the inner thoughts of the city’s citizens and provide comfort to the distressed. When one angel falls in love with a female trapeze artist, he chooses to become human so he can experience human feelings.

The Tin Drum (1979)
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
The highly acclaimed adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass’s surreal novel about a mute dwarf named Oskar, who lives through Nazi Germany. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. Originally titled Die Blechtrommel.

Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture (1976)
Director: Gary Conklin
This fascinating documentary profiles the cultural richness of Berlin during the Weimar Republic through interviews with the city’s renowned writers, composers and artists.

Cabaret (1972)
Director: Bob Fosse
This classic film starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York dramatizes the life of a Berlin nightclub singer who is romancing two men as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Fosse won an Oscar for Best Director; Minnelli and Joel Grey won Oscars and Golden Globes for their performances; and the movie won five Oscars including Best Cinematography and Music, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Pictures.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Director: Martin Ritt
In this spy movie based on the John Le Carré novel, Richard Burton plays a British agent sent into East Germany to plant damning information about an intelligence officer.

Heidelberger Romanze (1951)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
While on a trip to Heidelberg with his daughter, a wealthy American businessman recounts a romance he had with a local girl 40 years before.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

Ida (2013)
Director: Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this road movie has been called a masterpiece of Polish cinema. It follows a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun, only to discover her parents were Jewish.

Wałęsa: Man of Hope. (2013)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This biopic of Lech Wałęsa follows the ascendancy of a humble electrician at the Gdańsk Shipyard from demonstrator to president of Poland, and examines the influence his rise to power had on other regions of Europe.

Forgiveness (2008)
Director: Director: Mariusz Kotowski
Also screened under the title Esther’s Diary, this dramatic Holocaust film follows the adult daughters of two women who were best friends in 1940s Poland, but were later separated by Nazi horrors. One daughter learns of the past from her mother’s diary.

Jakob the Liar (1999)
Director: Director: Peter Kassovitz
Set in a wartime Polish ghetto, this film stars Robin Williams as a shopkeeper who spreads hope among the imprisoned community by fabricating tales about approaching Allied advances, claiming he has heard such stories on his secret radio.

The Deluge (1974)
Director: Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Hailed as one of the most popular movies in the history of Polish cinema, this film is based on the 1886 novel that recounts the thwarted Swedish invasion of Poland-Lithuania from 1655 to 1658.

Wesele (1973)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This film, set at the turn of the 20th century, focuses on the wedding between a poet from Kraków and a peasant girl. Their ceremony turns into an examination of the century-long division of Poland under Russia, Prussia and Austria.

The Hermitage Revealed (2014)
Director: Director: Margy Kinmonth
This fascinating film depicts the real-life story behind the magnificent art collection of one of the world’s greatest art museums.

Tsvet Natsii (2013)
Director: Director: Sergey Nurmamed
Leonid Parfenov, a well-known Russian TV presenter, journalist and author of documentaries, dedicates this documentary to the 150th anniversary of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Russian Ark (2002)
Director: Director: Alexsandr Sokurov
When a 19th-century French aristocrat takes a dreamlike journey through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, he encounters notable figures from Russian and European history. Originally titled Russkiy kovcheg.

War and Peace (1956)
Director: Director: King Vidor
Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda star in this condensed adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic, originally released in 1956.

Anna Karenina (2012)
Director: Director: Joe Wright
Tom Stoppard adapted this screenplay from the famed Leo Tolstoy novel that is so central to Russia’s rich culture. Keira Knightley stars as the Russian aristocrat and statesman’s wife who has an affair with wealthy officer Count Vronsky, with tragic results.

Water (2006)
Director: Director: Julia Perkul, Anastasiya Popova
Witness breathtaking discoveries of water by researchers worldwide, from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and more, as they try to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.

Reds (1981)
Director: Director: Warren Beatty
An epic film starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, this saga recounts the events leading up to the Russian Revolution. It is brilliantly interspersed with interviews of witnesses to the uprising. Beatty won an Oscar for Best Directing.

Oblomov (1980)
Director: Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Middle-aged Oblomov sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his childhood on his parent’s estate. But when his boyhood companion, Stoltz, introduces him to Olga, Oblomov takes a country house near Olga’s and soon they’re in love. Originally titled Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova.

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)
Director: Director: Don Sharp
This fictional account of the famed Russian peasant and mystic, played by Christopher Lee, is loosely based on the accounts of Prince Yusupov, who is thought to have murdered the Romanov confidant in his St. Petersburg palace.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Director: Director: David Lean
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, this epic drama-romance starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie unfolds as World War I and the Russian Revolution are brewing. It earned Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay and Original Score; and is tied with Love Story, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Star Is Born for the most wins by a film.

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Director: Director: S.M. Eisenstein
In this silent film, the crew members of the titled warship rise up against their officers of the tsarist regime. It has been called one of the greatest propaganda films of all time, providing a look at pre-Soviet Russia.

Greyfriars Bobby (2005)
Director: Director: John Henderson
This touching family film set in Edinburgh follows a West Highland White Terrier who refuses to leave the graveside of his deceased owner.

Braveheart (1995)
Director: Director: Mel Gibson
This sweeping biopic of William Wallace, the 13th-century warrior who led Scotland to independence against King Edward I of England, won Oscars for Best Picture, Directing and Cinematography. Mel Gibson famously brought the leader to life as actor and the Scottish Highlands to life as director.

Local Hero (1983)
Director: Director: Bill Forsyth
In this quirky and delightful film, Peter Riegert plays an oil company executive sent to Scotland to purchase a tiny, picturesque village. Burt Lancaster plays the eccentric head of the company.

Gregory’s Girl (1981)
Director: Director: Bill Forsyth
In this coming-of-age romantic comedy, awkward teen Gregory is infatuated with a girl at school and, upon getting a date with one of her friends, must navigate the complexities of young love and the envy of his equally awkward friends.

Macbeth (1971)
Director: Director: Roman Polanski
Though the story of Macbeth, the Scottish king who rose to power via treachery and murder, has been told countless times, perhaps no film aroused as much controversy as Roman Polanski’s, being called both unsettling and compelling.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Director: Director: Ronald Neame
Maggie Smith stars in this film version of the stage production, winning an Oscar for her performance. She plays a strong-willed instructor in a private 1930s Edinburgh school, teaching her own romanticized curriculum to her 12-year-old students. A fine portrayal of Scottish manners in the 1960s.

Beyond the Border (2011)
Director: Director: Richard Holm
This war film tells the story of Swedish soldiers who mistakenly cross the wrong side of the Nazi border. When a Swedish colonel sends an execution squad to cover up the error, the soldiers must overcome two enemies.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Director: Director: Niels Arden Oplev
This mystery-thriller follows a journalist through a rich Swedish setting as he searches, with the help of a young female hacker, for a woman who disappeared 40 years ago. Re-made in 2011 as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor.

My Life As a Dog (1985)
Director: Director: Lasse Hallström
This delightful movie follows 12-year-old Ingemar as he is sent away to live with relatives after his mother becomes terminally ill. It won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
In this atmospheric Bergman classic, two children from a large family living in Uppsala experience the joys and pains of life during the first decade of the 1900s. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Foreign Language Film.

I’ll Take Sweden (1965)
Director: Director: Frederick de Cordova
This comedy stars Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld and Frankie Avalon as a father, daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law. In an effort to distance his daughter from her suitor, Hope accepts a transfer to Stockholm from his oil company employer, but his plan backfires.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
This drama-fantasy is Bergman’s classic about a medieval knight returning from the Crusades only to find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. He encounters the character of Death on a beach and they begin a fateful game of chess.

INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN

The Iron Lady (2011)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
In this biopic, Meryl Streep plays former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, teetering on the edge of reality with dementia and recalling her rise and fall. Streep won an Oscar for her performance.

Atonement (2007)
Director: Joe Wright
Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, this powerful film unfolds over six decades, beginning in the 1930s when a crime with far-reaching consequences is committed. It won a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

The Queen (2006)
Director: Stephen Frears
Dame Helen Mirren turns in an Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in this film that profiles the Queen’s attempts to treat Princess Diana’s death as a private family matter.

Gosford Park (2001)
Director: Robert Altman
In this period mystery-drama, co-written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a dinner party at an English country house is disrupted by a murder, affecting the lives of both the upstairs guests and the downstairs servants. The movie boasts an incredible ensemble cast, including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi and Clive Owen. Fellowes received a Best Writing Oscar for his contribution.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Director: John Madden
This delightful, romantic comedy-drama depicts an imaginary love affair between the bard and a budding actress who must dress as a man in order to land female roles in the playwright’s productions at the Globe Theater. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest, this film tells the story of an Irish rogue who wins over a wealthy widow so he may take her dead husband’s position as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It offers a fine portrayal of English society and class. The film won four Academy Awards, and Kubrick was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

Greyfriars Bobby (2005)
Director: Director: John Henderson
This touching family film set in Edinburgh follows a West Highland White Terrier who refuses to leave the graveside of his deceased owner.

Braveheart (1995)
Director: Director: Mel Gibson
This sweeping biopic of William Wallace, the 13th-century warrior who led Scotland to independence against King Edward I of England, won Oscars for Best Picture, Directing and Cinematography. Mel Gibson famously brought the leader to life as actor and the Scottish Highlands to life as director.

Local Hero (1983)
Director: Director: Bill Forsyth
In this quirky and delightful film, Peter Riegert plays an oil company executive sent to Scotland to purchase a tiny, picturesque village. Burt Lancaster plays the eccentric head of the company.

Gregory’s Girl (1981)
Director: Director: Bill Forsyth
In this coming-of-age romantic comedy, awkward teen Gregory is infatuated with a girl at school and, upon getting a date with one of her friends, must navigate the complexities of young love and the envy of his equally awkward friends.

Macbeth (1971)
Director: Director: Roman Polanski
Though the story of Macbeth, the Scottish king who rose to power via treachery and murder, has been told countless times, perhaps no film aroused as much controversy as Roman Polanski’s, being called both unsettling and compelling.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Director: Director: Ronald Neame
Maggie Smith stars in this film version of the stage production, winning an Oscar for her performance. She plays a strong-willed instructor in a private 1930s Edinburgh school, teaching her own romanticized curriculum to her 12-year-old students. A fine portrayal of Scottish manners in the 1960s.

SCANDINAVIA TO SPAIN

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

Copenhagen (2014)
Director: Mark Raso
This coming-of-age film follows an immature young man traveling through Europe. He pauses in Copenhagen, city of his birth, to deliver a letter written by his dead father to his grandfather.

Flame & Citron (2008)
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
In this action-drama, we follow two Danish resistance fighters, Flame and Citron, who kill Danish Nazis and collaborators without hesitation until they are no longer certain who their targets represent.

Hamlet (2000)
Director: Michael Almereyda
In this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play, the castle at Elsinore is replaced by the “Denmark Corporation,” and a remarkable cast breathes new life into the classic tale. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray and Sam Shepard.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Director: Tom Stoppard
In this classic comedy-drama, the two titular minor characters from Shakespeare’s famous play travel to Elsinore Castle to determine what is troubling Prince Hamlet. All the while, they experience angst about the meaning of their existence.

Babette’s Feast (1987)
Director: Gabriel Axel
Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and based on the Isak Dinesen story, a pair of 19th-century sisters from a dwindling and strict religion recall an episode from their younger days: After sacrificing their personal lives to care for their father, their lodger Babette selflessly prepares a lavish meal using money she secretly won in a lottery.

Loves of a Dictator (1935)
Director: Victor Saville
This historic drama depicts the tumultuous 18th-century relationships between King Christian VII and his English consort, and between the queen and the royal physician. Originally titled The Dictator.

The Iron Lady (2011)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
In this biopic, Meryl Streep plays former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, teetering on the edge of reality with dementia and recalling her rise and fall. Streep won an Oscar for her performance.

Atonement (2007)
Director: Joe Wright
Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, this powerful film unfolds over six decades, beginning in the 1930s when a crime with far-reaching consequences is committed. It won a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

The Queen (2006)
Director: Stephen Frears
Dame Helen Mirren turns in an Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in this film that profiles the Queen’s attempts to treat Princess Diana’s death as a private family matter.

Gosford Park (2001)
Director: Robert Altman
In this period mystery-drama, co-written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a dinner party at an English country house is disrupted by a murder, affecting the lives of both the upstairs guests and the downstairs servants. The movie boasts an incredible ensemble cast, including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi and Clive Owen. Fellowes received a Best Writing Oscar for his contribution.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Director: John Madden
This delightful, romantic comedy-drama depicts an imaginary love affair between the bard and a budding actress who must dress as a man in order to land female roles in the playwright’s productions at the Globe Theater. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest, this film tells the story of an Irish rogue who wins over a wealthy widow so he may take her dead husband’s position as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It offers a fine portrayal of English society and class. The film won four Academy Awards, and Kubrick was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

Revolution of Pigs (2004)
Director: René Reinumägi
This comedy serves as a metaphor of Estonian life in the 1980s, as a young man and hundreds of teens attending summer camp rebel against the strict rules of their oppressive camp counselors.

Names in Marble (2002)
Director: Elmo Nüganen
Based on the popular 1936 Estonian novel, this inspiring film recounts the story of the Estonian War of Independence fought between 1918 and 1920.

Candles in the Dark (1993)
Director: Maximilian Schell
This Christmas movie follows a young woman after her father sends her to Estonia to live with her aunt. Soon she is being hunted by the KGB and simultaneously falling in love.

Spring (1969)
Director: Arvo Kruusement
In this adaptation of the well-known Estonian novel, love and life unfold in a late 1800s country boarding school. Originally titled Kevade.

Viimne Reliikvia (1969)
Director: Grigori Kromanov
This cult classic based on a historic novel chronicles the last days of the Pirita Monastery in Tallinn, as a peasant uprising threatens the sanctuary during the Livonian War of the 16th century.

Love and Other Troubles (2012)
Director: Samuli Valkama
In this romantic comedy, an American line-dancing teacher makes her home in Finland where she meets a young man, once a child star, and his father, a former rock star. Complications arise when both men fall in love with her.

The Border (2007)
Director: Lauri Törhönen
This wartime film is set in 1918 after the Finnish Civil War and follows a Finnish soldier to a small village to establish part of the border between his country and Soviet Russia.

Lovers & Leavers (2002)
Director: Aku Louhimies
This dramatic film is based on a Finnish novel and follows Iiris, a 30-year-old bookstore worker, who meets the perfect man.

Ponterosa (2001)
Director: Mika Kemmo
Filmed throughout Finland and regarded as a classic among young audiences when it was released, the story follows a disparate group of people staying at a campsite in the Åland Islands.

Calamari Union (1985)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
This absurdist comedy, considered a cult classic, provides insight into Finnish humor. Turning the American gangster film on its head, the film centers on 16 men named Frank who, disgruntled with the oppressive conditions of their Helsinki neighborhood, decide to move to an adjacent district.

Black Roses (1936)
Director: Paul Martin
This German-made film takes place when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. It centers on a Finnish revolutionary who is plotting against agents of the tsar, with help from a Russian dancer. Originally titled Roses Noires.

The Monuments Men (2014)
Director: George Clooney
Set during World War II, this film follows a team of art conservationists tasked with saving artwork and other cultural treasures from destruction and theft by the Nazis. The movie has an all-star cast, including Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

The Reader (2008)
Director: Stephen Daldry
Set in post-WWII Germany, this drama follows the life of a young man whose affair with an older woman will haunt him for the rest of his life. Kate Winslet won an Oscar for her performance.

North Face (2008)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Based on a true story, this suspenseful adventure film set in 1936 is about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps—the Eiger. As Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the Swiss massif, two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

The Lives of Others (2006)
Director: Florian Hencwkel-Donnersmarck
It’s 1984 in East Berlin and the population is strictly controlled by the Secret Police. A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out “dangerous” characters is thrown into a quandary when he must investigate a harmless man who is deemed a threat.

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Filmed largely in Berlin, this must-see film set in 1990 tells the story of a young man who works to protect his fragile, ailing mother from the fatal shock of learning that East Germany, the country she knows and loves, no longer exists.

Run, Lola, Run (1998)
Director: Tom Tykwer
After her boyfriend, Manni, loses 100,000 DM that belongs to a very bad guy, Lola has 20 minutes to raise the same amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, Manni will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor events along Lola’s run. Originally titled Lola rennt.

Wings of Desire (1987)
Director: Wim Wenders
In this beautiful fantasy film, immortal, invisible angels in Berlin listen to the inner thoughts of the city’s citizens and provide comfort to the distressed. When one angel falls in love with a female trapeze artist, he chooses to become human so he can experience human feelings.

The Tin Drum (1979)
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
The highly acclaimed adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass’s surreal novel about a mute dwarf named Oskar, who lives through Nazi Germany. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. Originally titled Die Blechtrommel.

Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture (1976)
Director: Gary Conklin
This fascinating documentary profiles the cultural richness of Berlin during the Weimar Republic through interviews with the city’s renowned writers, composers and artists.

Cabaret (1972)
Director: Bob Fosse
This classic film starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York dramatizes the life of a Berlin nightclub singer who is romancing two men as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Fosse won an Oscar for Best Director; Minnelli and Joel Grey won Oscars and Golden Globes for their performances; and the movie won five Oscars including Best Cinematography and Music, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Pictures.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Director: Martin Ritt
In this spy movie based on the John Le Carré novel, Richard Burton plays a British agent sent into East Germany to plant damning information about an intelligence officer.

Heidelberger Romanze (1951)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
While on a trip to Heidelberg with his daughter, a wealthy American businessman recounts a romance he had with a local girl 40 years before.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

Ida (2013)
Director: Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this road movie has been called a masterpiece of Polish cinema. It follows a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun, only to discover her parents were Jewish.

Wałęsa: Man of Hope. (2013)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This biopic of Lech Wałęsa follows the ascendancy of a humble electrician at the Gdańsk Shipyard from demonstrator to president of Poland, and examines the influence his rise to power had on other regions of Europe.

Forgiveness (2008)
Director: Director: Mariusz Kotowski
Also screened under the title Esther’s Diary, this dramatic Holocaust film follows the adult daughters of two women who were best friends in 1940s Poland, but were later separated by Nazi horrors. One daughter learns of the past from her mother’s diary.

Jakob the Liar (1999)
Director: Director: Peter Kassovitz
Set in a wartime Polish ghetto, this film stars Robin Williams as a shopkeeper who spreads hope among the imprisoned community by fabricating tales about approaching Allied advances, claiming he has heard such stories on his secret radio.

The Deluge (1974)
Director: Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Hailed as one of the most popular movies in the history of Polish cinema, this film is based on the 1886 novel that recounts the thwarted Swedish invasion of Poland-Lithuania from 1655 to 1658.

Wesele (1973)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This film, set at the turn of the 20th century, focuses on the wedding between a poet from Kraków and a peasant girl. Their ceremony turns into an examination of the century-long division of Poland under Russia, Prussia and Austria.

The Hermitage Revealed (2014)
Director: Director: Margy Kinmonth
This fascinating film depicts the real-life story behind the magnificent art collection of one of the world’s greatest art museums.

Tsvet Natsii (2013)
Director: Director: Sergey Nurmamed
Leonid Parfenov, a well-known Russian TV presenter, journalist and author of documentaries, dedicates this documentary to the 150th anniversary of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Russian Ark (2002)
Director: Director: Alexsandr Sokurov
When a 19th-century French aristocrat takes a dreamlike journey through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, he encounters notable figures from Russian and European history. Originally titled Russkiy kovcheg.

War and Peace (1956)
Director: Director: King Vidor
Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda star in this condensed adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic, originally released in 1956.

Anna Karenina (2012)
Director: Director: Joe Wright
Tom Stoppard adapted this screenplay from the famed Leo Tolstoy novel that is so central to Russia’s rich culture. Keira Knightley stars as the Russian aristocrat and statesman’s wife who has an affair with wealthy officer Count Vronsky, with tragic results.

Water (2006)
Director: Director: Julia Perkul, Anastasiya Popova
Witness breathtaking discoveries of water by researchers worldwide, from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and more, as they try to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.

Reds (1981)
Director: Director: Warren Beatty
An epic film starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, this saga recounts the events leading up to the Russian Revolution. It is brilliantly interspersed with interviews of witnesses to the uprising. Beatty won an Oscar for Best Directing.

Oblomov (1980)
Director: Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Middle-aged Oblomov sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his childhood on his parent’s estate. But when his boyhood companion, Stoltz, introduces him to Olga, Oblomov takes a country house near Olga’s and soon they’re in love. Originally titled Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova.

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)
Director: Director: Don Sharp
This fictional account of the famed Russian peasant and mystic, played by Christopher Lee, is loosely based on the accounts of Prince Yusupov, who is thought to have murdered the Romanov confidant in his St. Petersburg palace.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Director: Director: David Lean
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, this epic drama-romance starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie unfolds as World War I and the Russian Revolution are brewing. It earned Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay and Original Score; and is tied with Love Story, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Star Is Born for the most wins by a film.

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Director: Director: S.M. Eisenstein
In this silent film, the crew members of the titled warship rise up against their officers of the tsarist regime. It has been called one of the greatest propaganda films of all time, providing a look at pre-Soviet Russia.

Beyond the Border (2011)
Director: Director: Richard Holm
This war film tells the story of Swedish soldiers who mistakenly cross the wrong side of the Nazi border. When a Swedish colonel sends an execution squad to cover up the error, the soldiers must overcome two enemies.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Director: Director: Niels Arden Oplev
This mystery-thriller follows a journalist through a rich Swedish setting as he searches, with the help of a young female hacker, for a woman who disappeared 40 years ago. Re-made in 2011 as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor.

My Life As a Dog (1985)
Director: Director: Lasse Hallström
This delightful movie follows 12-year-old Ingemar as he is sent away to live with relatives after his mother becomes terminally ill. It won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
In this atmospheric Bergman classic, two children from a large family living in Uppsala experience the joys and pains of life during the first decade of the 1900s. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Foreign Language Film.

I’ll Take Sweden (1965)
Director: Director: Frederick de Cordova
This comedy stars Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld and Frankie Avalon as a father, daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law. In an effort to distance his daughter from her suitor, Hope accepts a transfer to Stockholm from his oil company employer, but his plan backfires.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
This drama-fantasy is Bergman’s classic about a medieval knight returning from the Crusades only to find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. He encounters the character of Death on a beach and they begin a fateful game of chess.

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Just Between Us (2010)
Director: Rajko Grlić
Set in Zagreb, this movie follows two middle-aged brothers leading parallel lives and navigating a web of relationships with wives, children and mistresses.

Horseman (2003)
Director: Branko Ivanda
This fascinating film is set in the early 18th century where the borders of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice meet. The action and conflicts examine the struggles of living between two empires and two faiths: Catholicism and Islam.

Marshal Tito’s Spirit (Marsal) (1999)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this light comedy, the ghost of revolutionary Marshal Tito appears to some citizens on the Dalmatian island of Vis. As news spreads, the mayor sees the event as a tourist attraction and, to capitalize on Tito’s ghost, transforms Vis into a Communist-era outpost.

How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this bold black comedy, it is 1991 on an unnamed Croatian island and the Croatian parliament has declared the island’s independence from Yugoslavia. But conscripts from the Yugoslav People’s Army barricade themselves in a garrison, refusing to leave.

One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970)
Director: Krešo Golik
Considered by some critics as the best Croatian film ever made, this dramatic comedy set in the 1930s is told through the eyes of six-year-old Perica, who watches as a man at a family picnic tries to seduce his mother while his clueless father takes no notice.

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Meet Me in Montenegro (2015)
Director: Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen
In this comedy, a failed American writer meets a European dancer and falls into an affair with her.

The Brothers Bloom (2009)
Director: Rian Johnson
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo star in this comedic caper about sibling confidence men who take on a final job that sends them around the world.

Casino Royale (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell
In Daniel Craig’s first role playing James Bond, the British agent travels to an extravagant Montenegrin casino in order to strip the film’s villain of all his money.

The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)
Director: Božidar Nikolić
A young Brad Pitt stars in this story of a young man searching for a cure for a rare skin disease. Along the way, he finds freedom and love.

Montenegro (1981)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
In this comedy-drama, a bored housewife on the brink of insanity takes up with some bohemian Yugoslavian immigrants living life to the fullest.

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
This highly acclaimed movie traces the adventures of a jealous countess, a rich businessman and a young orphaned boy as they travel across Portugal, France, and Italy and to Brazil.

Genealogies of a Crime (1997)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Catherine Deneuve stars in this suspenseful drama about a lawyer who agrees to defend her dead son’s friend in a murder case that involves a bizarre psychoanalytic society.

The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978)
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
This German film follows a desperate woman who robs a bank and then flees to Portugal, hoping a friend will help her.

The Last Run (1971)
Director: Richard Fleischer
George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst star in this story of a career criminal wanting to retire in the Portuguese fishing village of Albufeira. Reluctantly, he takes one last job: driving an escaped killer across Spain into France.

Lisbon (1956)
Director: Ray Milland
Ray Milland and Maureen O’Hara star in this suspenseful yarn about a smuggling ring and a wealthy husband imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain. This atmospheric crime movie was shot on location in Lisbon, providing scenes of the city at mid-century.

Reina Santa (1947)
Director: Henrique Campos, Anibal Contreiras and Rafael Gil
One of many popular 1940s Spanish costume films, this historic drama portrays the life of Isabel of Aragon, the Spanish-born 14th-century queen of Portugal who rectified peace among different parties of the Portuguese court.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Director: Özcan Alper
This beautifully wrought film tells the story of a young music student who travels to southeastern Turkey to record traditional Turkish music. In the process, she confronts a difficult past. The film nicely captures a rich culture and starkly beautiful scenery.

Brought by the Sea (2010)
Director: Nesli Çölgeçen
In this dramatic film, a former police officer accidentally kills an African immigrant at the Turkish border and then retreats to his hometown to nurse his guilty conscience. There, his path intersects with a five-year-old Ghanian boy. The movie illustrates the potency of intercultural connection.

The Bandit (1996)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
This highly popular Turkish drama is considered the savior of Turkish cinema, which was flailing when the film was released. In it, a bandit travels across Turkey to Istanbul after his 35-year jail sentence in search of the man who betrayed him. Hailed for its blend of fairy tale and realism, it provides lovely brushstrokes of Turkey.

Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)
Director: Mustafa Altioklar
This is the incredible true story of one man’s flight across the Bosphorus Strait from Galata on the wings of his 17th-century manmade flying contraption, which he modeled after drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir
In this Australian film starring Mel Gibson, several young men from the western part of the continent enlist in the army during World War I. It is a fascinating examination of the loss of innocence in the face of war as the friends head to the front lines of Gallipoli, site of the horrific battle.

Topkapi (1964)
Director: Jules Dassin
This fascinating heist movie follows a band of conniving criminals as they plot to steal an emerald-laid dagger from Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. The film features Maximilian Schell and Peter Ustinov and offers a mid-century look at the rich colors and flavors of Istanbul.

Copenhagen (2014)
Director: Mark Raso
This coming-of-age film follows an immature young man traveling through Europe. He pauses in Copenhagen, city of his birth, to deliver a letter written by his dead father to his grandfather.

Flame & Citron (2008)
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
In this action-drama, we follow two Danish resistance fighters, Flame and Citron, who kill Danish Nazis and collaborators without hesitation until they are no longer certain who their targets represent.

Hamlet (2000)
Director: Michael Almereyda
In this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play, the castle at Elsinore is replaced by the “Denmark Corporation,” and a remarkable cast breathes new life into the classic tale. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray and Sam Shepard.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Director: Tom Stoppard
In this classic comedy-drama, the two titular minor characters from Shakespeare’s famous play travel to Elsinore Castle to determine what is troubling Prince Hamlet. All the while, they experience angst about the meaning of their existence.

Babette’s Feast (1987)
Director: Gabriel Axel
Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and based on the Isak Dinesen story, a pair of 19th-century sisters from a dwindling and strict religion recall an episode from their younger days: After sacrificing their personal lives to care for their father, their lodger Babette selflessly prepares a lavish meal using money she secretly won in a lottery.

Loves of a Dictator (1935)
Director: Victor Saville
This historic drama depicts the tumultuous 18th-century relationships between King Christian VII and his English consort, and between the queen and the royal physician. Originally titled The Dictator.

Revolution of Pigs (2004)
Director: René Reinumägi
This comedy serves as a metaphor of Estonian life in the 1980s, as a young man and hundreds of teens attending summer camp rebel against the strict rules of their oppressive camp counselors.

Names in Marble (2002)
Director: Elmo Nüganen
Based on the popular 1936 Estonian novel, this inspiring film recounts the story of the Estonian War of Independence fought between 1918 and 1920.

Candles in the Dark (1993)
Director: Maximilian Schell
This Christmas movie follows a young woman after her father sends her to Estonia to live with her aunt. Soon she is being hunted by the KGB and simultaneously falling in love.

Spring (1969)
Director: Arvo Kruusement
In this adaptation of the well-known Estonian novel, love and life unfold in a late 1800s country boarding school. Originally titled Kevade.

Viimne Reliikvia (1969)
Director: Grigori Kromanov
This cult classic based on a historic novel chronicles the last days of the Pirita Monastery in Tallinn, as a peasant uprising threatens the sanctuary during the Livonian War of the 16th century.

Love and Other Troubles (2012)
Director: Samuli Valkama
In this romantic comedy, an American line-dancing teacher makes her home in Finland where she meets a young man, once a child star, and his father, a former rock star. Complications arise when both men fall in love with her.

The Border (2007)
Director: Lauri Törhönen
This wartime film is set in 1918 after the Finnish Civil War and follows a Finnish soldier to a small village to establish part of the border between his country and Soviet Russia.

Lovers & Leavers (2002)
Director: Aku Louhimies
This dramatic film is based on a Finnish novel and follows Iiris, a 30-year-old bookstore worker, who meets the perfect man.

Ponterosa (2001)
Director: Mika Kemmo
Filmed throughout Finland and regarded as a classic among young audiences when it was released, the story follows a disparate group of people staying at a campsite in the Åland Islands.

Calamari Union (1985)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
This absurdist comedy, considered a cult classic, provides insight into Finnish humor. Turning the American gangster film on its head, the film centers on 16 men named Frank who, disgruntled with the oppressive conditions of their Helsinki neighborhood, decide to move to an adjacent district.

Black Roses (1936)
Director: Paul Martin
This German-made film takes place when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. It centers on a Finnish revolutionary who is plotting against agents of the tsar, with help from a Russian dancer. Originally titled Roses Noires.

The Monuments Men (2014)
Director: George Clooney
Set during World War II, this film follows a team of art conservationists tasked with saving artwork and other cultural treasures from destruction and theft by the Nazis. The movie has an all-star cast, including Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

The Reader (2008)
Director: Stephen Daldry
Set in post-WWII Germany, this drama follows the life of a young man whose affair with an older woman will haunt him for the rest of his life. Kate Winslet won an Oscar for her performance.

North Face (2008)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Based on a true story, this suspenseful adventure film set in 1936 is about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps—the Eiger. As Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the Swiss massif, two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

The Lives of Others (2006)
Director: Florian Hencwkel-Donnersmarck
It’s 1984 in East Berlin and the population is strictly controlled by the Secret Police. A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out “dangerous” characters is thrown into a quandary when he must investigate a harmless man who is deemed a threat.

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Filmed largely in Berlin, this must-see film set in 1990 tells the story of a young man who works to protect his fragile, ailing mother from the fatal shock of learning that East Germany, the country she knows and loves, no longer exists.

Run, Lola, Run (1998)
Director: Tom Tykwer
After her boyfriend, Manni, loses 100,000 DM that belongs to a very bad guy, Lola has 20 minutes to raise the same amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, Manni will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor events along Lola’s run. Originally titled Lola rennt.

Wings of Desire (1987)
Director: Wim Wenders
In this beautiful fantasy film, immortal, invisible angels in Berlin listen to the inner thoughts of the city’s citizens and provide comfort to the distressed. When one angel falls in love with a female trapeze artist, he chooses to become human so he can experience human feelings.

The Tin Drum (1979)
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
The highly acclaimed adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass’s surreal novel about a mute dwarf named Oskar, who lives through Nazi Germany. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. Originally titled Die Blechtrommel.

Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture (1976)
Director: Gary Conklin
This fascinating documentary profiles the cultural richness of Berlin during the Weimar Republic through interviews with the city’s renowned writers, composers and artists.

Cabaret (1972)
Director: Bob Fosse
This classic film starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York dramatizes the life of a Berlin nightclub singer who is romancing two men as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Fosse won an Oscar for Best Director; Minnelli and Joel Grey won Oscars and Golden Globes for their performances; and the movie won five Oscars including Best Cinematography and Music, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Pictures.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Director: Martin Ritt
In this spy movie based on the John Le Carré novel, Richard Burton plays a British agent sent into East Germany to plant damning information about an intelligence officer.

Heidelberger Romanze (1951)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
While on a trip to Heidelberg with his daughter, a wealthy American businessman recounts a romance he had with a local girl 40 years before.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

Ida (2013)
Director: Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, this road movie has been called a masterpiece of Polish cinema. It follows a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun, only to discover her parents were Jewish.

Wałęsa: Man of Hope. (2013)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This biopic of Lech Wałęsa follows the ascendancy of a humble electrician at the Gdańsk Shipyard from demonstrator to president of Poland, and examines the influence his rise to power had on other regions of Europe.

Forgiveness (2008)
Director: Director: Mariusz Kotowski
Also screened under the title Esther’s Diary, this dramatic Holocaust film follows the adult daughters of two women who were best friends in 1940s Poland, but were later separated by Nazi horrors. One daughter learns of the past from her mother’s diary.

Jakob the Liar (1999)
Director: Director: Peter Kassovitz
Set in a wartime Polish ghetto, this film stars Robin Williams as a shopkeeper who spreads hope among the imprisoned community by fabricating tales about approaching Allied advances, claiming he has heard such stories on his secret radio.

The Deluge (1974)
Director: Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Hailed as one of the most popular movies in the history of Polish cinema, this film is based on the 1886 novel that recounts the thwarted Swedish invasion of Poland-Lithuania from 1655 to 1658.

Wesele (1973)
Director: Director: Andrzej Wajda
This film, set at the turn of the 20th century, focuses on the wedding between a poet from Kraków and a peasant girl. Their ceremony turns into an examination of the century-long division of Poland under Russia, Prussia and Austria.

The Hermitage Revealed (2014)
Director: Director: Margy Kinmonth
This fascinating film depicts the real-life story behind the magnificent art collection of one of the world’s greatest art museums.

Tsvet Natsii (2013)
Director: Director: Sergey Nurmamed
Leonid Parfenov, a well-known Russian TV presenter, journalist and author of documentaries, dedicates this documentary to the 150th anniversary of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Russian Ark (2002)
Director: Director: Alexsandr Sokurov
When a 19th-century French aristocrat takes a dreamlike journey through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, he encounters notable figures from Russian and European history. Originally titled Russkiy kovcheg.

War and Peace (1956)
Director: Director: King Vidor
Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda star in this condensed adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic, originally released in 1956.

Anna Karenina (2012)
Director: Director: Joe Wright
Tom Stoppard adapted this screenplay from the famed Leo Tolstoy novel that is so central to Russia’s rich culture. Keira Knightley stars as the Russian aristocrat and statesman’s wife who has an affair with wealthy officer Count Vronsky, with tragic results.

Water (2006)
Director: Director: Julia Perkul, Anastasiya Popova
Witness breathtaking discoveries of water by researchers worldwide, from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and more, as they try to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.

Reds (1981)
Director: Director: Warren Beatty
An epic film starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, this saga recounts the events leading up to the Russian Revolution. It is brilliantly interspersed with interviews of witnesses to the uprising. Beatty won an Oscar for Best Directing.

Oblomov (1980)
Director: Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Middle-aged Oblomov sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his childhood on his parent’s estate. But when his boyhood companion, Stoltz, introduces him to Olga, Oblomov takes a country house near Olga’s and soon they’re in love. Originally titled Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova.

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)
Director: Director: Don Sharp
This fictional account of the famed Russian peasant and mystic, played by Christopher Lee, is loosely based on the accounts of Prince Yusupov, who is thought to have murdered the Romanov confidant in his St. Petersburg palace.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Director: Director: David Lean
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, this epic drama-romance starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie unfolds as World War I and the Russian Revolution are brewing. It earned Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay and Original Score; and is tied with Love Story, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Star Is Born for the most wins by a film.

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Director: Director: S.M. Eisenstein
In this silent film, the crew members of the titled warship rise up against their officers of the tsarist regime. It has been called one of the greatest propaganda films of all time, providing a look at pre-Soviet Russia.

Beyond the Border (2011)
Director: Director: Richard Holm
This war film tells the story of Swedish soldiers who mistakenly cross the wrong side of the Nazi border. When a Swedish colonel sends an execution squad to cover up the error, the soldiers must overcome two enemies.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Director: Director: Niels Arden Oplev
This mystery-thriller follows a journalist through a rich Swedish setting as he searches, with the help of a young female hacker, for a woman who disappeared 40 years ago. Re-made in 2011 as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor.

My Life As a Dog (1985)
Director: Director: Lasse Hallström
This delightful movie follows 12-year-old Ingemar as he is sent away to live with relatives after his mother becomes terminally ill. It won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
In this atmospheric Bergman classic, two children from a large family living in Uppsala experience the joys and pains of life during the first decade of the 1900s. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Foreign Language Film.

I’ll Take Sweden (1965)
Director: Director: Frederick de Cordova
This comedy stars Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld and Frankie Avalon as a father, daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law. In an effort to distance his daughter from her suitor, Hope accepts a transfer to Stockholm from his oil company employer, but his plan backfires.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
This drama-fantasy is Bergman’s classic about a medieval knight returning from the Crusades only to find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. He encounters the character of Death on a beach and they begin a fateful game of chess.

BARCELONA, THE BALTIC & BEYOND

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
This highly acclaimed movie traces the adventures of a jealous countess, a rich businessman and a young orphaned boy as they travel across Portugal, France, and Italy and to Brazil.

Genealogies of a Crime (1997)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Catherine Deneuve stars in this suspenseful drama about a lawyer who agrees to defend her dead son’s friend in a murder case that involves a bizarre psychoanalytic society.

The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978)
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
This German film follows a desperate woman who robs a bank and then flees to Portugal, hoping a friend will help her.

The Last Run (1971)
Director: Richard Fleischer
George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst star in this story of a career criminal wanting to retire in the Portuguese fishing village of Albufeira. Reluctantly, he takes one last job: driving an escaped killer across Spain into France.

Lisbon (1956)
Director: Ray Milland
Ray Milland and Maureen O’Hara star in this suspenseful yarn about a smuggling ring and a wealthy husband imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain. This atmospheric crime movie was shot on location in Lisbon, providing scenes of the city at mid-century.

Reina Santa (1947)
Director: Henrique Campos, Anibal Contreiras and Rafael Gil
One of many popular 1940s Spanish costume films, this historic drama portrays the life of Isabel of Aragon, the Spanish-born 14th-century queen of Portugal who rectified peace among different parties of the Portuguese court.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

Copenhagen (2014)
Director: Mark Raso
This coming-of-age film follows an immature young man traveling through Europe. He pauses in Copenhagen, city of his birth, to deliver a letter written by his dead father to his grandfather.

Flame & Citron (2008)
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
In this action-drama, we follow two Danish resistance fighters, Flame and Citron, who kill Danish Nazis and collaborators without hesitation until they are no longer certain who their targets represent.

Hamlet (2000)
Director: Michael Almereyda
In this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragic play, the castle at Elsinore is replaced by the “Denmark Corporation,” and a remarkable cast breathes new life into the classic tale. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray and Sam Shepard.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
Director: Tom Stoppard
In this classic comedy-drama, the two titular minor characters from Shakespeare’s famous play travel to Elsinore Castle to determine what is troubling Prince Hamlet. All the while, they experience angst about the meaning of their existence.

Babette’s Feast (1987)
Director: Gabriel Axel
Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, and based on the Isak Dinesen story, a pair of 19th-century sisters from a dwindling and strict religion recall an episode from their younger days: After sacrificing their personal lives to care for their father, their lodger Babette selflessly prepares a lavish meal using money she secretly won in a lottery.

Loves of a Dictator (1935)
Director: Victor Saville
This historic drama depicts the tumultuous 18th-century relationships between King Christian VII and his English consort, and between the queen and the royal physician. Originally titled The Dictator.

Revolution of Pigs (2004)
Director: René Reinumägi
This comedy serves as a metaphor of Estonian life in the 1980s, as a young man and hundreds of teens attending summer camp rebel against the strict rules of their oppressive camp counselors.

Names in Marble (2002)
Director: Elmo Nüganen
Based on the popular 1936 Estonian novel, this inspiring film recounts the story of the Estonian War of Independence fought between 1918 and 1920.

Candles in the Dark (1993)
Director: Maximilian Schell
This Christmas movie follows a young woman after her father sends her to Estonia to live with her aunt. Soon she is being hunted by the KGB and simultaneously falling in love.

Spring (1969)
Director: Arvo Kruusement
In this adaptation of the well-known Estonian novel, love and life unfold in a late 1800s country boarding school. Originally titled Kevade.

Viimne Reliikvia (1969)
Director: Grigori Kromanov
This cult classic based on a historic novel chronicles the last days of the Pirita Monastery in Tallinn, as a peasant uprising threatens the sanctuary during the Livonian War of the 16th century.

Love and Other Troubles (2012)
Director: Samuli Valkama
In this romantic comedy, an American line-dancing teacher makes her home in Finland where she meets a young man, once a child star, and his father, a former rock star. Complications arise when both men fall in love with her.

The Border (2007)
Director: Lauri Törhönen
This wartime film is set in 1918 after the Finnish Civil War and follows a Finnish soldier to a small village to establish part of the border between his country and Soviet Russia.

Lovers & Leavers (2002)
Director: Aku Louhimies
This dramatic film is based on a Finnish novel and follows Iiris, a 30-year-old bookstore worker, who meets the perfect man.

Ponterosa (2001)
Director: Mika Kemmo
Filmed throughout Finland and regarded as a classic among young audiences when it was released, the story follows a disparate group of people staying at a campsite in the Åland Islands.

Calamari Union (1985)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
This absurdist comedy, considered a cult classic, provides insight into Finnish humor. Turning the American gangster film on its head, the film centers on 16 men named Frank who, disgruntled with the oppressive conditions of their Helsinki neighborhood, decide to move to an adjacent district.

Black Roses (1936)
Director: Paul Martin
This German-made film takes place when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. It centers on a Finnish revolutionary who is plotting against agents of the tsar, with help from a Russian dancer. Originally titled Roses Noires.

The Monuments Men (2014)
Director: George Clooney
Set during World War II, this film follows a team of art conservationists tasked with saving artwork and other cultural treasures from destruction and theft by the Nazis. The movie has an all-star cast, including Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

The Reader (2008)
Director: Stephen Daldry
Set in post-WWII Germany, this drama follows the life of a young man whose affair with an older woman will haunt him for the rest of his life. Kate Winslet won an Oscar for her performance.

North Face (2008)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Based on a true story, this suspenseful adventure film set in 1936 is about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps—the Eiger. As Nazi propaganda urges the nation’s Alpinists to conquer the Swiss massif, two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent.

The Lives of Others (2006)
Director: Florian Hencwkel-Donnersmarck
It’s 1984 in East Berlin and the population is strictly controlled by the Secret Police. A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out “dangerous” characters is thrown into a quandary when he must investigate a harmless man who is deemed a threat.

Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Filmed largely in Berlin, this must-see film set in 1990 tells the story of a young man who works to protect his fragile, ailing mother from the fatal shock of learning that East Germany, the country she knows and loves, no longer exists.

Run, Lola, Run (1998)
Director: Tom Tykwer
After her boyfriend, Manni, loses 100,000 DM that belongs to a very bad guy, Lola has 20 minutes to raise the same amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, Manni will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor events along Lola’s run. Originally titled Lola rennt.

Wings of Desire (1987)
Director: Wim Wenders
In this beautiful fantasy film, immortal, invisible angels in Berlin listen to the inner thoughts of the city’s citizens and provide comfort to the distressed. When one angel falls in love with a female trapeze artist, he chooses to become human so he can experience human feelings.

The Tin Drum (1979)
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
The highly acclaimed adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass’s surreal novel about a mute dwarf named Oskar, who lives through Nazi Germany. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1979. Originally titled Die Blechtrommel.

Memories of Berlin: The Twilight of Weimar Culture (1976)
Director: Gary Conklin
This fascinating documentary profiles the cultural richness of Berlin during the Weimar Republic through interviews with the city’s renowned writers, composers and artists.

Cabaret (1972)
Director: Bob Fosse
This classic film starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York dramatizes the life of a Berlin nightclub singer who is romancing two men as the Nazis rise to power in Germany. Fosse won an Oscar for Best Director; Minnelli and Joel Grey won Oscars and Golden Globes for their performances; and the movie won five Oscars including Best Cinematography and Music, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Pictures.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Director: Martin Ritt
In this spy movie based on the John Le Carré novel, Richard Burton plays a British agent sent into East Germany to plant damning information about an intelligence officer.

Heidelberger Romanze (1951)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
While on a trip to Heidelberg with his daughter, a wealthy American businessman recounts a romance he had with a local girl 40 years before.

Admiral (2015)
Director: Roel Reiné
This action, adventure biography revolves around real-life figure Michiel de Ruyter, one of the greatest innovators in combat engineering of the 17th century. When The Netherlands is on the brink of civil war and is attacked by England, France and Germany, only one man, Michiel de Ruyter, can lead the country’s strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet. Originally titled Michiel de Ruyter.

Tim’s Vermeer (2013)
Director: Teller
In this documentary, inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer after becoming fascinated with the 17th-century Dutch painter.

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Director: George Stevens
This film is set entirely in an attic in Amsterdam where Anne Frank experiences her first love and tries to live through the war with her family. Nominated for eight Oscars and winning three, the film remains an enduring classic.

Nightwatching (2007)
Director: Peter Greenaway
This film tells the dramatic story of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch. After Rembrandt (played by Martin Freeman) stumbles on a murderous cabal of merchants, he paints their secrets into his work.

Lust for Life (1956)
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Kirk Douglas stars as Vincent van Gogh in this film adaptation by the great Vincente Minnelli, filmed on location in The Netherlands and France.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
Director: Peter Webber
This film tells the story about a young peasant maid who becomes a secret model for one of Johannes Vermeer’s most famous works Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Steady! (1952)
Director: Herman van der Horst
This short documentary is about the reconstruction of Rotterdam, following the city’s destruction by the Nazis in the Rotterdam Blitz. Originally titled Houen zo!

The Hermitage Revealed (2014)
Director: Director: Margy Kinmonth
This fascinating film depicts the real-life story behind the magnificent art collection of one of the world’s greatest art museums.

Tsvet Natsii (2013)
Director: Director: Sergey Nurmamed
Leonid Parfenov, a well-known Russian TV presenter, journalist and author of documentaries, dedicates this documentary to the 150th anniversary of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Russian Ark (2002)
Director: Director: Alexsandr Sokurov
When a 19th-century French aristocrat takes a dreamlike journey through the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, he encounters notable figures from Russian and European history. Originally titled Russkiy kovcheg.

War and Peace (1956)
Director: Director: King Vidor
Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda star in this condensed adaptation of Tolstoy’s classic, originally released in 1956.

Anna Karenina (2012)
Director: Director: Joe Wright
Tom Stoppard adapted this screenplay from the famed Leo Tolstoy novel that is so central to Russia’s rich culture. Keira Knightley stars as the Russian aristocrat and statesman’s wife who has an affair with wealthy officer Count Vronsky, with tragic results.

Water (2006)
Director: Director: Julia Perkul, Anastasiya Popova
Witness breathtaking discoveries of water by researchers worldwide, from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and more, as they try to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature.

Reds (1981)
Director: Director: Warren Beatty
An epic film starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton, this saga recounts the events leading up to the Russian Revolution. It is brilliantly interspersed with interviews of witnesses to the uprising. Beatty won an Oscar for Best Directing.

Oblomov (1980)
Director: Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Middle-aged Oblomov sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his childhood on his parent’s estate. But when his boyhood companion, Stoltz, introduces him to Olga, Oblomov takes a country house near Olga’s and soon they’re in love. Originally titled Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova.

Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966)
Director: Director: Don Sharp
This fictional account of the famed Russian peasant and mystic, played by Christopher Lee, is loosely based on the accounts of Prince Yusupov, who is thought to have murdered the Romanov confidant in his St. Petersburg palace.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Director: Director: David Lean
Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, this epic drama-romance starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie unfolds as World War I and the Russian Revolution are brewing. It earned Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay and Original Score; and is tied with Love Story, The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Star Is Born for the most wins by a film.

Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Director: Director: S.M. Eisenstein
In this silent film, the crew members of the titled warship rise up against their officers of the tsarist regime. It has been called one of the greatest propaganda films of all time, providing a look at pre-Soviet Russia.

Beyond the Border (2011)
Director: Director: Richard Holm
This war film tells the story of Swedish soldiers who mistakenly cross the wrong side of the Nazi border. When a Swedish colonel sends an execution squad to cover up the error, the soldiers must overcome two enemies.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
Director: Director: Niels Arden Oplev
This mystery-thriller follows a journalist through a rich Swedish setting as he searches, with the help of a young female hacker, for a woman who disappeared 40 years ago. Re-made in 2011 as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Originally titled Män som hatar kvinnor.

My Life As a Dog (1985)
Director: Director: Lasse Hallström
This delightful movie follows 12-year-old Ingemar as he is sent away to live with relatives after his mother becomes terminally ill. It won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
In this atmospheric Bergman classic, two children from a large family living in Uppsala experience the joys and pains of life during the first decade of the 1900s. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Foreign Language Film.

I’ll Take Sweden (1965)
Director: Director: Frederick de Cordova
This comedy stars Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld and Frankie Avalon as a father, daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law. In an effort to distance his daughter from her suitor, Hope accepts a transfer to Stockholm from his oil company employer, but his plan backfires.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
Director: Director: Ingmar Bergman
This drama-fantasy is Bergman’s classic about a medieval knight returning from the Crusades only to find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. He encounters the character of Death on a beach and they begin a fateful game of chess.

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Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Two Faces of January (2014)
Director: Hossein Amini
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a vacationing couple who befriend a mysterious tour guide in this thriller set in 1962 Athens.

Before Midnight (2013)
Director: Richard Linklater
In the third film of a series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a married couple vacationing on the shores of Greece examine their relationship with their children and each other. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alexander (2004)
Director: Oliver Stone
Based on the life of Alexander the Great, this epic historic drama with Colin Farrell in the title role focuses on the king’s great conquests and his relationships with his parents; his wife, Roxana; and his tutor, Aristotle.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Director: John Madden
The beautiful Ionian Islands are the setting of this epic war movie starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Based on the novel by Louis de Bernières, it depicts the tragic massacre of Italian troops by the German High Command and the devastating earthquake that follows.

Shirley Valentine (1989)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
This comedy-drama follows a bored middle-aged housewife who escapes to Greece with a friend and falls in love with the owner of a tavern, rekindling her love of life and discovering her self-respect in the process. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Music) and three Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Music).

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
In this drama based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, Anthony Quinn plays larger-than-life Zorba, who travels to Crete with a new friend to advise him in a burgeoning mining operation. Romantic and personal entanglements follow in this passion-filled film. Winner of three Academy Awards (Cinematography, Art Direction and Lila Kedrova won Best Actress in a Supporting Role).

Youth Without Youth (2007)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
This intriguing drama, partially set in pre-World War II Malta, centers on a shy professor who experiences a catastrophic event that forever changes him.

Malta George Cross (2005)
Director: Winston Azzopardi
Shot in several locations on the island of Malta, this intimate documentary depicts the hardships of World War II through the eyes of a child.

Trenchcoat (1983)
Director: Michael Tuchner
This comedy follows a mystery writer played by Margot Kidder to Malta, where she falls in love with a stranger (Robert Hays) who leads her into a plutonium smuggling operation.

The Mackintosh Man (1973)
Director: John Huston
In this cold war spy thriller starring Paul Newman, a British agent takes on a fictional criminal identity, and arranges his capture and imprisonment so he can infiltrate a rival spy organization.

Pulp (1972)
Director: Mike Hodges
In this comedy-thriller, Michael Caine plays a pulp fiction writer who is offered a large sum to travel to Malta and ghostwrite an autobiography of a mysterious celebrity with questionable motives, played by Mickey Rooney.

Malta Story (1953)
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
This war movie starring Alec Guinness portrays the air defense of Malta during its siege in World War II; features spectacular footage of the island nation rare for its day.

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
This highly acclaimed movie traces the adventures of a jealous countess, a rich businessman and a young orphaned boy as they travel across Portugal, France, and Italy and to Brazil.

Genealogies of a Crime (1997)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Catherine Deneuve stars in this suspenseful drama about a lawyer who agrees to defend her dead son’s friend in a murder case that involves a bizarre psychoanalytic society.

The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978)
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
This German film follows a desperate woman who robs a bank and then flees to Portugal, hoping a friend will help her.

The Last Run (1971)
Director: Richard Fleischer
George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst star in this story of a career criminal wanting to retire in the Portuguese fishing village of Albufeira. Reluctantly, he takes one last job: driving an escaped killer across Spain into France.

Lisbon (1956)
Director: Ray Milland
Ray Milland and Maureen O’Hara star in this suspenseful yarn about a smuggling ring and a wealthy husband imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain. This atmospheric crime movie was shot on location in Lisbon, providing scenes of the city at mid-century.

Reina Santa (1947)
Director: Henrique Campos, Anibal Contreiras and Rafael Gil
One of many popular 1940s Spanish costume films, this historic drama portrays the life of Isabel of Aragon, the Spanish-born 14th-century queen of Portugal who rectified peace among different parties of the Portuguese court.

Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Director: Özcan Alper
This beautifully wrought film tells the story of a young music student who travels to southeastern Turkey to record traditional Turkish music. In the process, she confronts a difficult past. The film nicely captures a rich culture and starkly beautiful scenery.

Brought by the Sea (2010)
Director: Nesli Çölgeçen
In this dramatic film, a former police officer accidentally kills an African immigrant at the Turkish border and then retreats to his hometown to nurse his guilty conscience. There, his path intersects with a five-year-old Ghanian boy. The movie illustrates the potency of intercultural connection.

The Bandit (1996)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
This highly popular Turkish drama is considered the savior of Turkish cinema, which was flailing when the film was released. In it, a bandit travels across Turkey to Istanbul after his 35-year jail sentence in search of the man who betrayed him. Hailed for its blend of fairy tale and realism, it provides lovely brushstrokes of Turkey.

Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)
Director: Mustafa Altioklar
This is the incredible true story of one man’s flight across the Bosphorus Strait from Galata on the wings of his 17th-century manmade flying contraption, which he modeled after drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir
In this Australian film starring Mel Gibson, several young men from the western part of the continent enlist in the army during World War I. It is a fascinating examination of the loss of innocence in the face of war as the friends head to the front lines of Gallipoli, site of the horrific battle.

Topkapi (1964)
Director: Jules Dassin
This fascinating heist movie follows a band of conniving criminals as they plot to steal an emerald-laid dagger from Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. The film features Maximilian Schell and Peter Ustinov and offers a mid-century look at the rich colors and flavors of Istanbul.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

MEDITERRANEAN ODYSSEY

Just Between Us (2010)
Director: Rajko Grlić
Set in Zagreb, this movie follows two middle-aged brothers leading parallel lives and navigating a web of relationships with wives, children and mistresses.

Horseman (2003)
Director: Branko Ivanda
This fascinating film is set in the early 18th century where the borders of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice meet. The action and conflicts examine the struggles of living between two empires and two faiths: Catholicism and Islam.

Marshal Tito’s Spirit (Marsal) (1999)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this light comedy, the ghost of revolutionary Marshal Tito appears to some citizens on the Dalmatian island of Vis. As news spreads, the mayor sees the event as a tourist attraction and, to capitalize on Tito’s ghost, transforms Vis into a Communist-era outpost.

How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this bold black comedy, it is 1991 on an unnamed Croatian island and the Croatian parliament has declared the island’s independence from Yugoslavia. But conscripts from the Yugoslav People’s Army barricade themselves in a garrison, refusing to leave.

One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970)
Director: Krešo Golik
Considered by some critics as the best Croatian film ever made, this dramatic comedy set in the 1930s is told through the eyes of six-year-old Perica, who watches as a man at a family picnic tries to seduce his mother while his clueless father takes no notice.

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Two Faces of January (2014)
Director: Hossein Amini
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a vacationing couple who befriend a mysterious tour guide in this thriller set in 1962 Athens.

Before Midnight (2013)
Director: Richard Linklater
In the third film of a series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a married couple vacationing on the shores of Greece examine their relationship with their children and each other. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alexander (2004)
Director: Oliver Stone
Based on the life of Alexander the Great, this epic historic drama with Colin Farrell in the title role focuses on the king’s great conquests and his relationships with his parents; his wife, Roxana; and his tutor, Aristotle.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Director: John Madden
The beautiful Ionian Islands are the setting of this epic war movie starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Based on the novel by Louis de Bernières, it depicts the tragic massacre of Italian troops by the German High Command and the devastating earthquake that follows.

Shirley Valentine (1989)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
This comedy-drama follows a bored middle-aged housewife who escapes to Greece with a friend and falls in love with the owner of a tavern, rekindling her love of life and discovering her self-respect in the process. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Music) and three Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Music).

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
In this drama based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, Anthony Quinn plays larger-than-life Zorba, who travels to Crete with a new friend to advise him in a burgeoning mining operation. Romantic and personal entanglements follow in this passion-filled film. Winner of three Academy Awards (Cinematography, Art Direction and Lila Kedrova won Best Actress in a Supporting Role).

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

EMPIRES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

Just Between Us (2010)
Director: Rajko Grlić
Set in Zagreb, this movie follows two middle-aged brothers leading parallel lives and navigating a web of relationships with wives, children and mistresses.

Horseman (2003)
Director: Branko Ivanda
This fascinating film is set in the early 18th century where the borders of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice meet. The action and conflicts examine the struggles of living between two empires and two faiths: Catholicism and Islam.

Marshal Tito’s Spirit (Marsal) (1999)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this light comedy, the ghost of revolutionary Marshal Tito appears to some citizens on the Dalmatian island of Vis. As news spreads, the mayor sees the event as a tourist attraction and, to capitalize on Tito’s ghost, transforms Vis into a Communist-era outpost.

How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this bold black comedy, it is 1991 on an unnamed Croatian island and the Croatian parliament has declared the island’s independence from Yugoslavia. But conscripts from the Yugoslav People’s Army barricade themselves in a garrison, refusing to leave.

One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970)
Director: Krešo Golik
Considered by some critics as the best Croatian film ever made, this dramatic comedy set in the 1930s is told through the eyes of six-year-old Perica, who watches as a man at a family picnic tries to seduce his mother while his clueless father takes no notice.

The Two Faces of January (2014)
Director: Hossein Amini
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a vacationing couple who befriend a mysterious tour guide in this thriller set in 1962 Athens.

Before Midnight (2013)
Director: Richard Linklater
In the third film of a series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a married couple vacationing on the shores of Greece examine their relationship with their children and each other. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alexander (2004)
Director: Oliver Stone
Based on the life of Alexander the Great, this epic historic drama with Colin Farrell in the title role focuses on the king’s great conquests and his relationships with his parents; his wife, Roxana; and his tutor, Aristotle.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Director: John Madden
The beautiful Ionian Islands are the setting of this epic war movie starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Based on the novel by Louis de Bernières, it depicts the tragic massacre of Italian troops by the German High Command and the devastating earthquake that follows.

Shirley Valentine (1989)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
This comedy-drama follows a bored middle-aged housewife who escapes to Greece with a friend and falls in love with the owner of a tavern, rekindling her love of life and discovering her self-respect in the process. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Music) and three Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Music).

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
In this drama based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, Anthony Quinn plays larger-than-life Zorba, who travels to Crete with a new friend to advise him in a burgeoning mining operation. Romantic and personal entanglements follow in this passion-filled film. Winner of three Academy Awards (Cinematography, Art Direction and Lila Kedrova won Best Actress in a Supporting Role).

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Meet Me in Montenegro (2015)
Director: Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen
In this comedy, a failed American writer meets a European dancer and falls into an affair with her.

The Brothers Bloom (2009)
Director: Rian Johnson
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo star in this comedic caper about sibling confidence men who take on a final job that sends them around the world.

Casino Royale (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell
In Daniel Craig’s first role playing James Bond, the British agent travels to an extravagant Montenegrin casino in order to strip the film’s villain of all his money.

The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)
Director: Božidar Nikolić
A young Brad Pitt stars in this story of a young man searching for a cure for a rare skin disease. Along the way, he finds freedom and love.

Montenegro (1981)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
In this comedy-drama, a bored housewife on the brink of insanity takes up with some bohemian Yugoslavian immigrants living life to the fullest.

Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Director: Özcan Alper
This beautifully wrought film tells the story of a young music student who travels to southeastern Turkey to record traditional Turkish music. In the process, she confronts a difficult past. The film nicely captures a rich culture and starkly beautiful scenery.

Brought by the Sea (2010)
Director: Nesli Çölgeçen
In this dramatic film, a former police officer accidentally kills an African immigrant at the Turkish border and then retreats to his hometown to nurse his guilty conscience. There, his path intersects with a five-year-old Ghanian boy. The movie illustrates the potency of intercultural connection.

The Bandit (1996)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
This highly popular Turkish drama is considered the savior of Turkish cinema, which was flailing when the film was released. In it, a bandit travels across Turkey to Istanbul after his 35-year jail sentence in search of the man who betrayed him. Hailed for its blend of fairy tale and realism, it provides lovely brushstrokes of Turkey.

Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)
Director: Mustafa Altioklar
This is the incredible true story of one man’s flight across the Bosphorus Strait from Galata on the wings of his 17th-century manmade flying contraption, which he modeled after drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir
In this Australian film starring Mel Gibson, several young men from the western part of the continent enlist in the army during World War I. It is a fascinating examination of the loss of innocence in the face of war as the friends head to the front lines of Gallipoli, site of the horrific battle.

Topkapi (1964)
Director: Jules Dassin
This fascinating heist movie follows a band of conniving criminals as they plot to steal an emerald-laid dagger from Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. The film features Maximilian Schell and Peter Ustinov and offers a mid-century look at the rich colors and flavors of Istanbul.

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Just Between Us (2010)
Director: Rajko Grlić
Set in Zagreb, this movie follows two middle-aged brothers leading parallel lives and navigating a web of relationships with wives, children and mistresses.

Horseman (2003)
Director: Branko Ivanda
This fascinating film is set in the early 18th century where the borders of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice meet. The action and conflicts examine the struggles of living between two empires and two faiths: Catholicism and Islam.

Marshal Tito’s Spirit (Marsal) (1999)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this light comedy, the ghost of revolutionary Marshal Tito appears to some citizens on the Dalmatian island of Vis. As news spreads, the mayor sees the event as a tourist attraction and, to capitalize on Tito’s ghost, transforms Vis into a Communist-era outpost.

How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this bold black comedy, it is 1991 on an unnamed Croatian island and the Croatian parliament has declared the island’s independence from Yugoslavia. But conscripts from the Yugoslav People’s Army barricade themselves in a garrison, refusing to leave.

One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970)
Director: Krešo Golik
Considered by some critics as the best Croatian film ever made, this dramatic comedy set in the 1930s is told through the eyes of six-year-old Perica, who watches as a man at a family picnic tries to seduce his mother while his clueless father takes no notice.

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Two Faces of January (2014)
Director: Hossein Amini
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a vacationing couple who befriend a mysterious tour guide in this thriller set in 1962 Athens.

Before Midnight (2013)
Director: Richard Linklater
In the third film of a series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a married couple vacationing on the shores of Greece examine their relationship with their children and each other. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alexander (2004)
Director: Oliver Stone
Based on the life of Alexander the Great, this epic historic drama with Colin Farrell in the title role focuses on the king’s great conquests and his relationships with his parents; his wife, Roxana; and his tutor, Aristotle.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Director: John Madden
The beautiful Ionian Islands are the setting of this epic war movie starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Based on the novel by Louis de Bernières, it depicts the tragic massacre of Italian troops by the German High Command and the devastating earthquake that follows.

Shirley Valentine (1989)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
This comedy-drama follows a bored middle-aged housewife who escapes to Greece with a friend and falls in love with the owner of a tavern, rekindling her love of life and discovering her self-respect in the process. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Music) and three Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Music).

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
In this drama based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, Anthony Quinn plays larger-than-life Zorba, who travels to Crete with a new friend to advise him in a burgeoning mining operation. Romantic and personal entanglements follow in this passion-filled film. Winner of three Academy Awards (Cinematography, Art Direction and Lila Kedrova won Best Actress in a Supporting Role).

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Meet Me in Montenegro (2015)
Director: Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen
In this comedy, a failed American writer meets a European dancer and falls into an affair with her.

The Brothers Bloom (2009)
Director: Rian Johnson
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo star in this comedic caper about sibling confidence men who take on a final job that sends them around the world.

Casino Royale (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell
In Daniel Craig’s first role playing James Bond, the British agent travels to an extravagant Montenegrin casino in order to strip the film’s villain of all his money.

The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)
Director: Božidar Nikolić
A young Brad Pitt stars in this story of a young man searching for a cure for a rare skin disease. Along the way, he finds freedom and love.

Montenegro (1981)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
In this comedy-drama, a bored housewife on the brink of insanity takes up with some bohemian Yugoslavian immigrants living life to the fullest.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Director: Özcan Alper
This beautifully wrought film tells the story of a young music student who travels to southeastern Turkey to record traditional Turkish music. In the process, she confronts a difficult past. The film nicely captures a rich culture and starkly beautiful scenery.

Brought by the Sea (2010)
Director: Nesli Çölgeçen
In this dramatic film, a former police officer accidentally kills an African immigrant at the Turkish border and then retreats to his hometown to nurse his guilty conscience. There, his path intersects with a five-year-old Ghanian boy. The movie illustrates the potency of intercultural connection.

The Bandit (1996)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
This highly popular Turkish drama is considered the savior of Turkish cinema, which was flailing when the film was released. In it, a bandit travels across Turkey to Istanbul after his 35-year jail sentence in search of the man who betrayed him. Hailed for its blend of fairy tale and realism, it provides lovely brushstrokes of Turkey.

Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)
Director: Mustafa Altioklar
This is the incredible true story of one man’s flight across the Bosphorus Strait from Galata on the wings of his 17th-century manmade flying contraption, which he modeled after drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir
In this Australian film starring Mel Gibson, several young men from the western part of the continent enlist in the army during World War I. It is a fascinating examination of the loss of innocence in the face of war as the friends head to the front lines of Gallipoli, site of the horrific battle.

Topkapi (1964)
Director: Jules Dassin
This fascinating heist movie follows a band of conniving criminals as they plot to steal an emerald-laid dagger from Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. The film features Maximilian Schell and Peter Ustinov and offers a mid-century look at the rich colors and flavors of Istanbul.

MEDITERRANEAN CELEBRATION

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Youth Without Youth (2007)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
This intriguing drama, partially set in pre-World War II Malta, centers on a shy professor who experiences a catastrophic event that forever changes him.

Malta George Cross (2005)
Director: Winston Azzopardi
Shot in several locations on the island of Malta, this intimate documentary depicts the hardships of World War II through the eyes of a child.

Trenchcoat (1983)
Director: Michael Tuchner
This comedy follows a mystery writer played by Margot Kidder to Malta, where she falls in love with a stranger (Robert Hays) who leads her into a plutonium smuggling operation.

The Mackintosh Man (1973)
Director: John Huston
In this cold war spy thriller starring Paul Newman, a British agent takes on a fictional criminal identity, and arranges his capture and imprisonment so he can infiltrate a rival spy organization.

Pulp (1972)
Director: Mike Hodges
In this comedy-thriller, Michael Caine plays a pulp fiction writer who is offered a large sum to travel to Malta and ghostwrite an autobiography of a mysterious celebrity with questionable motives, played by Mickey Rooney.

Malta Story (1953)
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
This war movie starring Alec Guinness portrays the air defense of Malta during its siege in World War II; features spectacular footage of the island nation rare for its day.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

MEDITERRANEAN CHRISTMAS

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

MEDITERRANEAN EXPLORER

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Youth Without Youth (2007)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
This intriguing drama, partially set in pre-World War II Malta, centers on a shy professor who experiences a catastrophic event that forever changes him.

Malta George Cross (2005)
Director: Winston Azzopardi
Shot in several locations on the island of Malta, this intimate documentary depicts the hardships of World War II through the eyes of a child.

Trenchcoat (1983)
Director: Michael Tuchner
This comedy follows a mystery writer played by Margot Kidder to Malta, where she falls in love with a stranger (Robert Hays) who leads her into a plutonium smuggling operation.

The Mackintosh Man (1973)
Director: John Huston
In this cold war spy thriller starring Paul Newman, a British agent takes on a fictional criminal identity, and arranges his capture and imprisonment so he can infiltrate a rival spy organization.

Pulp (1972)
Director: Mike Hodges
In this comedy-thriller, Michael Caine plays a pulp fiction writer who is offered a large sum to travel to Malta and ghostwrite an autobiography of a mysterious celebrity with questionable motives, played by Mickey Rooney.

Malta Story (1953)
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
This war movie starring Alec Guinness portrays the air defense of Malta during its siege in World War II; features spectacular footage of the island nation rare for its day.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

NORDIC EXPLORER

Just Between Us (2010)
Director: Rajko Grlić
Set in Zagreb, this movie follows two middle-aged brothers leading parallel lives and navigating a web of relationships with wives, children and mistresses.

Horseman (2003)
Director: Branko Ivanda
This fascinating film is set in the early 18th century where the borders of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Venice meet. The action and conflicts examine the struggles of living between two empires and two faiths: Catholicism and Islam.

Marshal Tito’s Spirit (Marsal) (1999)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this light comedy, the ghost of revolutionary Marshal Tito appears to some citizens on the Dalmatian island of Vis. As news spreads, the mayor sees the event as a tourist attraction and, to capitalize on Tito’s ghost, transforms Vis into a Communist-era outpost.

How the War Started on My Island (1996)
Director: Vinko Brešan
In this bold black comedy, it is 1991 on an unnamed Croatian island and the Croatian parliament has declared the island’s independence from Yugoslavia. But conscripts from the Yugoslav People’s Army barricade themselves in a garrison, refusing to leave.

One Song a Day Takes Mischief Away (1970)
Director: Krešo Golik
Considered by some critics as the best Croatian film ever made, this dramatic comedy set in the 1930s is told through the eyes of six-year-old Perica, who watches as a man at a family picnic tries to seduce his mother while his clueless father takes no notice.

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Two Faces of January (2014)
Director: Hossein Amini
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a vacationing couple who befriend a mysterious tour guide in this thriller set in 1962 Athens.

Before Midnight (2013)
Director: Richard Linklater
In the third film of a series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a married couple vacationing on the shores of Greece examine their relationship with their children and each other. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alexander (2004)
Director: Oliver Stone
Based on the life of Alexander the Great, this epic historic drama with Colin Farrell in the title role focuses on the king’s great conquests and his relationships with his parents; his wife, Roxana; and his tutor, Aristotle.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Director: John Madden
The beautiful Ionian Islands are the setting of this epic war movie starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Based on the novel by Louis de Bernières, it depicts the tragic massacre of Italian troops by the German High Command and the devastating earthquake that follows.

Shirley Valentine (1989)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
This comedy-drama follows a bored middle-aged housewife who escapes to Greece with a friend and falls in love with the owner of a tavern, rekindling her love of life and discovering her self-respect in the process. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Music) and three Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Music).

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
In this drama based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, Anthony Quinn plays larger-than-life Zorba, who travels to Crete with a new friend to advise him in a burgeoning mining operation. Romantic and personal entanglements follow in this passion-filled film. Winner of three Academy Awards (Cinematography, Art Direction and Lila Kedrova won Best Actress in a Supporting Role).

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Meet Me in Montenegro (2015)
Director: Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen
In this comedy, a failed American writer meets a European dancer and falls into an affair with her.

The Brothers Bloom (2009)
Director: Rian Johnson
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo star in this comedic caper about sibling confidence men who take on a final job that sends them around the world.

Casino Royale (2006)
Director: Martin Campbell
In Daniel Craig’s first role playing James Bond, the British agent travels to an extravagant Montenegrin casino in order to strip the film’s villain of all his money.

The Dark Side of the Sun (1988)
Director: Božidar Nikolić
A young Brad Pitt stars in this story of a young man searching for a cure for a rare skin disease. Along the way, he finds freedom and love.

Montenegro (1981)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
In this comedy-drama, a bored housewife on the brink of insanity takes up with some bohemian Yugoslavian immigrants living life to the fullest.

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
This highly acclaimed movie traces the adventures of a jealous countess, a rich businessman and a young orphaned boy as they travel across Portugal, France, and Italy and to Brazil.

Genealogies of a Crime (1997)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Catherine Deneuve stars in this suspenseful drama about a lawyer who agrees to defend her dead son’s friend in a murder case that involves a bizarre psychoanalytic society.

The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978)
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
This German film follows a desperate woman who robs a bank and then flees to Portugal, hoping a friend will help her.

The Last Run (1971)
Director: Richard Fleischer
George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst star in this story of a career criminal wanting to retire in the Portuguese fishing village of Albufeira. Reluctantly, he takes one last job: driving an escaped killer across Spain into France.

Lisbon (1956)
Director: Ray Milland
Ray Milland and Maureen O’Hara star in this suspenseful yarn about a smuggling ring and a wealthy husband imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain. This atmospheric crime movie was shot on location in Lisbon, providing scenes of the city at mid-century.

Reina Santa (1947)
Director: Henrique Campos, Anibal Contreiras and Rafael Gil
One of many popular 1940s Spanish costume films, this historic drama portrays the life of Isabel of Aragon, the Spanish-born 14th-century queen of Portugal who rectified peace among different parties of the Portuguese court.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Director: Özcan Alper
This beautifully wrought film tells the story of a young music student who travels to southeastern Turkey to record traditional Turkish music. In the process, she confronts a difficult past. The film nicely captures a rich culture and starkly beautiful scenery.

Brought by the Sea (2010)
Director: Nesli Çölgeçen
In this dramatic film, a former police officer accidentally kills an African immigrant at the Turkish border and then retreats to his hometown to nurse his guilty conscience. There, his path intersects with a five-year-old Ghanian boy. The movie illustrates the potency of intercultural connection.

The Bandit (1996)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
This highly popular Turkish drama is considered the savior of Turkish cinema, which was flailing when the film was released. In it, a bandit travels across Turkey to Istanbul after his 35-year jail sentence in search of the man who betrayed him. Hailed for its blend of fairy tale and realism, it provides lovely brushstrokes of Turkey.

Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)
Director: Mustafa Altioklar
This is the incredible true story of one man’s flight across the Bosphorus Strait from Galata on the wings of his 17th-century manmade flying contraption, which he modeled after drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir
In this Australian film starring Mel Gibson, several young men from the western part of the continent enlist in the army during World War I. It is a fascinating examination of the loss of innocence in the face of war as the friends head to the front lines of Gallipoli, site of the horrific battle.

Topkapi (1964)
Director: Jules Dassin
This fascinating heist movie follows a band of conniving criminals as they plot to steal an emerald-laid dagger from Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. The film features Maximilian Schell and Peter Ustinov and offers a mid-century look at the rich colors and flavors of Istanbul.

The Iron Lady (2011)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
In this biopic, Meryl Streep plays former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, teetering on the edge of reality with dementia and recalling her rise and fall. Streep won an Oscar for her performance.

Atonement (2007)
Director: Joe Wright
Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, this powerful film unfolds over six decades, beginning in the 1930s when a crime with far-reaching consequences is committed. It won a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

The Queen (2006)
Director: Stephen Frears
Dame Helen Mirren turns in an Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in this film that profiles the Queen’s attempts to treat Princess Diana’s death as a private family matter.

Gosford Park (2001)
Director: Robert Altman
In this period mystery-drama, co-written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a dinner party at an English country house is disrupted by a murder, affecting the lives of both the upstairs guests and the downstairs servants. The movie boasts an incredible ensemble cast, including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi and Clive Owen. Fellowes received a Best Writing Oscar for his contribution.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Director: John Madden
This delightful, romantic comedy-drama depicts an imaginary love affair between the bard and a budding actress who must dress as a man in order to land female roles in the playwright’s productions at the Globe Theater. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest, this film tells the story of an Irish rogue who wins over a wealthy widow so he may take her dead husband’s position as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It offers a fine portrayal of English society and class. The film won four Academy Awards, and Kubrick was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

PASSAGE THROUGH WESTERN EUROPE

Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
This highly acclaimed movie traces the adventures of a jealous countess, a rich businessman and a young orphaned boy as they travel across Portugal, France, and Italy and to Brazil.

Genealogies of a Crime (1997)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Catherine Deneuve stars in this suspenseful drama about a lawyer who agrees to defend her dead son’s friend in a murder case that involves a bizarre psychoanalytic society.

The Second Awakening of Christa Klages (1978)
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
This German film follows a desperate woman who robs a bank and then flees to Portugal, hoping a friend will help her.

The Last Run (1971)
Director: Richard Fleischer
George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst star in this story of a career criminal wanting to retire in the Portuguese fishing village of Albufeira. Reluctantly, he takes one last job: driving an escaped killer across Spain into France.

Lisbon (1956)
Director: Ray Milland
Ray Milland and Maureen O’Hara star in this suspenseful yarn about a smuggling ring and a wealthy husband imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain. This atmospheric crime movie was shot on location in Lisbon, providing scenes of the city at mid-century.

Reina Santa (1947)
Director: Henrique Campos, Anibal Contreiras and Rafael Gil
One of many popular 1940s Spanish costume films, this historic drama portrays the life of Isabel of Aragon, the Spanish-born 14th-century queen of Portugal who rectified peace among different parties of the Portuguese court.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

The Iron Lady (2011)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
In this biopic, Meryl Streep plays former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, teetering on the edge of reality with dementia and recalling her rise and fall. Streep won an Oscar for her performance.

Atonement (2007)
Director: Joe Wright
Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, this powerful film unfolds over six decades, beginning in the 1930s when a crime with far-reaching consequences is committed. It won a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

The Queen (2006)
Director: Stephen Frears
Dame Helen Mirren turns in an Oscar-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth in this film that profiles the Queen’s attempts to treat Princess Diana’s death as a private family matter.

Gosford Park (2001)
Director: Robert Altman
In this period mystery-drama, co-written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, a dinner party at an English country house is disrupted by a murder, affecting the lives of both the upstairs guests and the downstairs servants. The movie boasts an incredible ensemble cast, including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi and Clive Owen. Fellowes received a Best Writing Oscar for his contribution.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Director: John Madden
This delightful, romantic comedy-drama depicts an imaginary love affair between the bard and a budding actress who must dress as a man in order to land female roles in the playwright’s productions at the Globe Theater. The film won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

Barry Lyndon (1975)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest, this film tells the story of an Irish rogue who wins over a wealthy widow so he may take her dead husband’s position as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. It offers a fine portrayal of English society and class. The film won four Academy Awards, and Kubrick was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.

Rams (2015)
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Gummi and Kiddi are two brothers who live side by side tending to their sheep, but they have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease infects Kiddi’s sheep, the brothers come together to save the special breed passed down for generations. Originally titled Hrútar.

Home (I) (2009)
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertand
This documentary shows aerial footage from 54 countries and depicts how Earth’s problems are all interlinked.

The Last Farm (2004)
Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
In a remote corner of Iceland, Hrafn is doing chores before he and his wife, Gróa, leave for a retirement home in the city. But before their daughter, Lilja, picks them up, Hrafn is racing to complete some very specific last chores. Originally titled Síðasti bærinn.

The Importance of Being Icelandic (1998)
Director: Jon Einarsson Gustafsson
This short documentary follows several emigrants and Icelandic Canadians as they explore their Viking heritage.

Children of Nature (1991)
Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
When Thorgeir must leave his home in the Icelandic countryside and move into a home for senior citizens in Reykjavik, he meets an old friend from his childhood and new adventures begin. Originally titled Börn náttúrunnar.

Kon-Tiki (2012)
Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
In this dramatic re-telling of Thor Heyerdahl’s 4,300-mile expedition of 1947, the Norwegian explorer proves naysayers wrong by sailing a balsawood raft across the Pacific from South America to Polynesia.

The Danish Poet (2006)
Director: Torill Kove
This Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film tells the tale of a poet who travels to Norway in search of inspiration. When he arrives, he falls in love with a farmer’s daughter, but circumstances separate the two until they reunite many years later.

Edvard Munch (1974)
Director: Peter Watkins
This biopic of Norway’s famed Expressionist painter spans 30 years of the artist’s life, focusing on the factors that shaped his world view and artistic sensibilities, from disease and loss to his affair with a married woman.

Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Director: Anthony Mann
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris star in this film about the World War II Norwegian resistance against German troops who were manufacturing a component for the atomic bomb.

The Vikings (1958)
Director: Richard Fleischer
This adventure was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas, with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. Based on the sagas of the Norse ruler Ragnar Lodbrok, it was mostly filmed amidst the grandeur of Norway’s fjords.

Kon-Tiki (1950)
Director: Thor Heyerdahl
The only Norwegian feature film to have won an Oscar (for Best Documentary), this remarkable piece of filmmaking was written and directed by Thor Heyerdahl, the explorer who set out in 1947 to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could have reached Polynesia by raft.

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Les Miserables (2012)
Director: Tom Hooper
Set in revolutionary Paris, this epic musical retells Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of Jean Valjean, who vows to turn his life of crime around despite being doggedly chased by Inspector Javert. The story culminates as turmoil engulfs Paris, leading to the Paris Uprising of 1832. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star; Hathaway won an Oscar as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Madame Bovary (1991)
Director: Claude Chabrol
After Emma Rouault marries a country doctor, Charles Bovary, and finds herself bored, she seeks out the companionship of multiple men. Scenes include Lyons-la-Forêt, which is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and Versailles, a city renowned for its châteaux and gardens. Nominated for Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

In the City of Sylvia (2007)
Director: José Luis Guerin
This film follows a young man, El, when he returns to Strasbourg in search of Sylvia, a woman he asked for directions in a bar six years before. As El searches the city for Sylvia, urban noise—church bells, footsteps, traffic and voices—evokes a sense of place.

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director: Woody Allen
Part romantic comedy, part fantasy, this film follows a screenwriter visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. Each night, he finds himself in 1920s Paris salons, meeting the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, causing him to reconsider marriage. Scenes include historic sites such as Monet’s Garden, Musée Rodin, the Pont Alexandre III and more. Allen won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; it also was nominated for Academy’s Best Picture of the Year Award.

Sarah’s Key (2010)
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
This moving and enlightening film traces a modern-day journalist (played by Kristin Scott Thomas) who becomes entangled in the World War II plight of a young girl separated from her family by the Nazi Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup of 1942.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron
With scenes of Paris, including the market stalls of the Rue Mouffetard, and mouthwatering French food, the story of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book; stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Streep won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress.

Paris, Je T’aime (2006)
Director: Oliver Assayas
Twenty great filmmakers were given a simple challenge: create a short film (under five minutes) in Paris, about love. Whimsically beautiful, this film reveals Paris’s neighborhoods and the very human stories that they hold close. The Eiffel Tower, the Pont Alexandre III, the grave of Oscar Wilde and the lively Latin Quarter are just four famous Paris locations featured in this film.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Director: Olivier Dahan
The back and forth nature of the narrative in this unchronological look at the tragic and famous life of the “Little Sparrow,” Édith Piaf, suggests the patterns of memory and association. Many scenes filmed in Paris, including Brasserie Julien, a belle epoque eatery once frequented by Piaf. Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Ratatouille (2007)
Director: Brad Bird
In this delightful animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, Remy the rat will stop at nothing to become one of Paris’s top chefs, befriending a restaurant’s garbage boy to commandeer a kitchen. The movie won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

A Good Year (2006)
Director: Ridley Scott
Based on Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence, a workaholic trades his life selling bonds in London to cash in on a winery that was left to him by his dead uncle. With every day of his new life, Max grows out of his obsessive behavior and into a life he comes to embrace. Featuring the charming architecture and landscape of Vaucluse.

A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
A young woman searches for her fiancé, who has disappeared at the Battle of the Somme. Jeunet features dreamlike sequences and flashbacks, while portraying the horrors of war. Filmed in France, including the Héaux de Bréhat, a monument historique, and the Auberge Ravoux, known as the House of Van Gogh. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Originally titled Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This romantic comedy traces the life of a timid waitress in Paris’s atmospheric and beautifully captured Montmartre neighborhood as she makes it her mission to help improve the lives of those around her while neglecting her isolated existence. Nominated for five Academy Awards. Originally titled Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Referred to by some critics as a “pastiche-jukebox musical,” this lush film follows a young English poet in Belle Epoque Paris as he falls in love with a terminally ill courtesan and cabaret performer in the Montmartre district. The movie stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and won two Academy Awards.

Chocolat (2000)
Director: Lasse Hallström
In this “stranger comes to town” film, Juliette Binoche plays an itinerant chocolatier who opens a confectionary shop in a tiny French village, unleashing the appetites of the townspeople and the wrath of its ultra-conservative mayor. The film skillfully depicts the provincial charms of village life. Filmed, in part, in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Johnny Depp and Judi Dench also star. Nominated for five Academy Awards.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg
This is a classic, graphic film of a WWII squad’s search for Private Ryan in the midst of the Normandy invasion. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards, with five wins.

The Longest Day (1962)
Director: Darryl f. Zanuck
Zanuck’s epic recreation of the invasion of Normandy gets key events right and was filmed, in part, at Port-en-Bessin-Huppain. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with two wins.

Tous les Matins du Monde (1991)
Director: Alain Corneau
When Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe finds out that his wife died while he was away, he builds a small house in his garden during his grief and dedicates his life to music and to his two young daughters. Filmed in Paris and Creuse—a rural area with beautiful preserved landscapes, stone architecture and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Jean de Florette (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
Based on the two-volume novel by Marcel Pagnol, a greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell. Filming locations in France include gorgeous Vaucluse, Gard and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The film garnered a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Director: Claude Berri
In this sequel to Jean de Florette, featuring Yves Montand, a beautiful shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death years earlier. Filmed in the Provence region in southeastern France, known for its unique, beautiful landscapes. Originally titled Manon des Sources.

Victor/Victoria (1982)
Director: Blake Edwards
This gender-bending comedy starring Julie Andrews and James Garner tells the story of a struggling 1934 Paris lounge singer who concocts a scheme with her agent to perform as a man who is impersonating a woman. Difficulties ensue when she falls in love with a man. The movie won an Oscar for Original Song and Adaptation Score.

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Director: Blake Edwards
When the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the only clue being the Phantom’s trademark glove, Inspector Clouseau is put on the case.

Two for the Road (1967)
Director: Stanley Donen
In this romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, a married couple takes a road trip to Saint-Tropez, and as they drive through the striking natural landscapes of France, the audience is treated to flashbacks of previous trips that have influenced their relationship. Nominated for one Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

Children of Paradise (1945)
Director: Marcel Carné
One of the most famous French art films, Children of Paradise resembles a Manet painting with its dazzling depiction of 19th-century Paris streets, theaters and cafés. Originally titled Les enfants du paradis.

Cordeliers’ Square in Lyon (1895)
Director: Louis Lumière
This very short documentary offers viewers the opportunity to see what everyday life in Lyon was like in 1895, from architecture to fashion to transportation. A stationary camera looks across the boulevard at a diagonal toward one corner of Lyon’s Cordeliers’s Square, a busy thoroughfare. Originally titled Place des Cordeliers à Lyon.

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Grace of Monaco (2014)
Director: Olivier Dahan
This French-American film traces the glamorous life of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left her film career to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The movie includes sweeping shots of the French Riviera. Nicole Kidman plays the starring role.

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Director: Vincent McEveety
In the third installment of this beloved Disney franchise, “Herbie the Love Bug”—an anthropomorphized Volkswagen Beetle—joins a rally from Paris to Monte Carlo with his race-car driving owner. The race is loosely based on the famed Monte Carlo Rally, which culminates in the Mediterranean city.

Kaleidoscope (1966)
Director: Jack Smight
Warren Beatty and Susannah York star in this crime film about a playboy who infiltrates a manufacturer of playing cards so he can win big at card tables throughout Europe, including the famous Monte Carlo Casino where some of the movie was shot.

To Catch a Thief (1955)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic thriller about a retired cat burglar trying to entrap another burglar who is preying on wealthy tourists on the French Riviera. Hitchcock nicely conveys the glamour and energy of Monte Carlo, and the movie won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Director: Stephen Roberts
In this romantic comedy set after World War I, a beautiful young woman tricks a Russian aristocrat into returning to Monte Carlo after he broke the bank at its casino. But after stealing his money, she falls in love with him; features nice shots of early 20th-century Monte Carlo.

Money for Nothing (1932)
Director: Monty Banks
In this prince-and-the-pauper story, a down-and-out gambler is mistaken for a wealthy man in Monte Carlo.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)
Director: Philip Kaufman
This textured film chronicles the tumultuous relationship and then marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Much of it is set during the Spanish Civil War, when they worked side by side as war correspondents.

Biutiful (2010)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Uxbal, a single father of two, is forced to deal with his life in order to escape crime in underground Barcelona and to regain spiritual insight.

The Way (2010)
Director: Emilio Estevez
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died walking the Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. What he doesn’t expect is the profound impact the journey will have on him.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director: Woody Allen
While on a summer holiday in Spain, girlfriends Vicky (Penelope Cruz) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) take a tour of wildly romantic Barcelona and become enamored with the same painter (Javier Bardem), unaware that his tempestuous ex-wife is about to re-enter the picture. Cruz won an Oscar for her performance, and the film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

El Greco (2007)
Director: Yannis Smaragdis
In this biographical film, El Greco—the Greek painter who became a genius of the Spanish Renaissance—writes his life story as he awaits execution by the Spanish Inquisition. There are nice touches of history and a rich sense of place in this film.

Alatriste (2006)
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes
This historically sweeping film depicts 17th-century Spain during the Eighty Years’ War, when soldier-mercenary Captain Alatriste, played by Viggo Mortensen, fights for the Spanish empire and his king, Philip IV.

Spanish Narration – Salamanca: The Heart of Spain’s Golden Age (2004)
Director: Ed Dubrowsky
This documentary showcases Salamanca, a rich jewel in a region that has played a significant role in the cultural history of Spain and in world history.

Talk to Her (2002)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
When two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at the clinic where Benigno works, an unsuspected destiny begins. Marco’s girlfriend, a bullfighter, has been gored and is in a coma, while Benigno is also looking after another woman who is in a coma. Originally titled Hable con ella.

All About My Mother (1999)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
In this comedy-drama, a nurse who oversees organ transplants loses her son to a car crash. To break the news to the boy’s father, whom he never knew, she journeys to Barcelona, revisiting colorful characters from her old life and meeting new ones along the way. The film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Land and Freedom (1995)
Director: Ken Loach
In the spring of 1936, a young unemployed journalist leaves his hometown of Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. The film won two Cannes Film Festival awards.

Man of La Mancha (1972)
Director: Arthur Hiller
Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren star in this film adaptation of the much-loved musical. In this “play within a play,” Cervantes casts himself as the mad and wandering errant-knight Don Quixote, enlisting fellow prisoners to play supporting roles as he awaits trial with the Spanish Inquisition.

El Cid (1961)
Director: Anthony Mann
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren star in this sweeping story of the Christian Castilian knight who wins the allegiance of the Moors during the Spanish Reconquest, only to be accused of treason by the Spanish crown. Nominated for three Academy Awards.

ANCIENT EMPIRES & HOLY LAND

The Two Faces of January (2014)
Director: Hossein Amini
Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst star as a vacationing couple who befriend a mysterious tour guide in this thriller set in 1962 Athens.

Before Midnight (2013)
Director: Richard Linklater
In the third film of a series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, a married couple vacationing on the shores of Greece examine their relationship with their children and each other. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Alexander (2004)
Director: Oliver Stone
Based on the life of Alexander the Great, this epic historic drama with Colin Farrell in the title role focuses on the king’s great conquests and his relationships with his parents; his wife, Roxana; and his tutor, Aristotle.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
Director: John Madden
The beautiful Ionian Islands are the setting of this epic war movie starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Based on the novel by Louis de Bernières, it depicts the tragic massacre of Italian troops by the German High Command and the devastating earthquake that follows.

Shirley Valentine (1989)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
This comedy-drama follows a bored middle-aged housewife who escapes to Greece with a friend and falls in love with the owner of a tavern, rekindling her love of life and discovering her self-respect in the process. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Actress and Best Music) and three Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Music).

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
In this drama based on the Nikos Kazantzakis novel, Anthony Quinn plays larger-than-life Zorba, who travels to Crete with a new friend to advise him in a burgeoning mining operation. Romantic and personal entanglements follow in this passion-filled film. Winner of three Academy Awards (Cinematography, Art Direction and Lila Kedrova won Best Actress in a Supporting Role).

The Great Beauty (2013)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
After his 65th birthday, witty and arrogant novelist Jep Gambardella is blindsided by an ex-lover’s secret. He begins re-examining his lavish lifestyle (nightclubs, parties and cafés), looking for a different side of Rome. This film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Originally titled La grande bellezza.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Director: Ryan Murphy
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to “find herself.”

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on Frances Mayes’s best-selling memoir, this light-hearted film tells the story of a recently divorced writer, played by Diane Lane, who buys a Tuscan villa in hope of changing her life.

Bread and Tulips (2000)
Director: Silvio Soldini
This romantic comedy follows a housewife who gets left behind during a family vacation. As she makes her way home, she impulsively detours to Venice and builds a new life, only to be admonished by her sister to return to her old life.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Director: Anthony Minghella
In this psychological thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, con man and compulsive liar Tom Ripley travels to Italy to ingratiate himself to the son of a shipping magnate and persuade him to return stateside and join his business. Nominated for five Academy Awards and one Golden Globe.

Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Director: Roberto Benigni
In this Oscar winner for Best Leading Actor and Best Foreign Language Film, a Jewish Italian father shields his son from the horrors of life in a concentration camp by making up stories about the daily events for the boy to reinterpret.

The Wings of the Dove (1997)
Director: Iain Softley
Based on Henry James’s novel, this intelligent film follows American heiress Milly Theale, played by Helena Bonham Carter. After she is stricken ill, she travels to Venice, where family and friends swirl around her with both good intentions and bad. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director: Woody Allen
The lives of a Manhattan upper-class family are conveyed in song as they travel from New York to Paris to Venice in this whimsical musical comedy starring Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn.

The Postman (1994)
Director: Michael Radford
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering the mail to a famous poet; he uses this gift to woo the local beauty, Beatrice. Nominated for five Academy Awards, with one win. Originally titled Il Postino.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
This beautiful movie examines feelings of nostalgia and loss as a film director recalls his boyhood relationship with a movie theater projectionist in his tiny Sicilian hometown. The picture won an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Fellini’s Casanova (1976)
Director: Frederico Fellini
This creative and lush film chronicles the exploits of the famous Italian womanizer, set in an imagined and surrealist Venice. The movie won an Academy Award for Costume Design.

Death in Venice (1971)
Director: Luchino Visconti
This faithful adaptation of Thomas Mann’s well-known novella depicts a work-obsessed composer seeking solace at a Venetian seaside resort, who becomes infatuated with a beautiful adolescent whom he follows through the city’s palazzi and medieval streets. Nominated for Best Costume Design.

The Leopard (1963)
Director: Luchino Visconti
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of Sicily in the 1860s. Originally titled Il gattopardo. Nominated for Best Costume Design, Color.

La Dolce Vita (1960)
Director: Frederico Fellini
Fellini’s classic drama follows a journalist, played by Marcello Mastroianni, through Rome for seven days as he searches for love, happiness and the good life; widely considered one of the best films of all time, it features the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain with Anita Ekberg. Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.

Summertime (1955)
Director: David Lean
Katharine Hepburn is an American schoolteacher who takes a dream trip to Venice and finds herself entangled and in love with a married man. Lean won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director. Both Hepburn and Lean received Academy Award nominations.

Senso (1954)
Director: Luchino Visconti
A feast for the eyes set in Italy in the 1860s, this melodrama plays out against the atmospheric backdrop of Venice, from La Fenice Opera House to St. Mark’s Square.

Roman Holiday (1953)
Director: William Wyler
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this romantic comedy about a reporter following a royal princess who is trying to remain incognita as she sightsees in Rome. For her performance, Hepburn won a Best Actress Academy Award.

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
This moving film follows a poor, desperate father as he searches post-war Rome for his stolen bicycle; without it he will lose the job that allows him to provide for his family. Recipient of the Academy Honorary Award. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1949.

Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Director: Özcan Alper
This beautifully wrought film tells the story of a young music student who travels to southeastern Turkey to record traditional Turkish music. In the process, she confronts a difficult past. The film nicely captures a rich culture and starkly beautiful scenery.

Brought by the Sea (2010)
Director: Nesli Çölgeçen
In this dramatic film, a former police officer accidentally kills an African immigrant at the Turkish border and then retreats to his hometown to nurse his guilty conscience. There, his path intersects with a five-year-old Ghanian boy. The movie illustrates the potency of intercultural connection.

The Bandit (1996)
Director: Yavuz Turgul
This highly popular Turkish drama is considered the savior of Turkish cinema, which was flailing when the film was released. In it, a bandit travels across Turkey to Istanbul after his 35-year jail sentence in search of the man who betrayed him. Hailed for its blend of fairy tale and realism, it provides lovely brushstrokes of Turkey.

Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)
Director: Mustafa Altioklar
This is the incredible true story of one man’s flight across the Bosphorus Strait from Galata on the wings of his 17th-century manmade flying contraption, which he modeled after drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir
In this Australian film starring Mel Gibson, several young men from the western part of the continent enlist in the army during World War I. It is a fascinating examination of the loss of innocence in the face of war as the friends head to the front lines of Gallipoli, site of the horrific battle.

Topkapi (1964)
Director: Jules Dassin
This fascinating heist movie follows a band of conniving criminals as they plot to steal an emerald-laid dagger from Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. The film features Maximilian Schell and Peter Ustinov and offers a mid-century look at the rich colors and flavors of Istanbul.

Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Director: Ari Folman
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and an Academy Award nominee. Originally titled Vals Im Bashir.

Meduzot (2007)
Director: Shira Geffen, Etgar Keret
This film tells the intersecting stories of three very different Israeli women living in Tel Aviv: Batya is a catering waitress who takes in an abandoned child, Keren is a young bride who breaks her leg, and Joy is a Philippine chore woman who does not speak any Hebrew.