Schultze Gets the Blues is a 2003 film, the first directed and written by Michael Schorr. Schultze, the main character of the film, is a lonely man, an accordion player specializing in polka music, and newly without work. When the local music club celebrates its 50th anniversary, his taste of music changes unexpectedly, inspiring an interest in American Zydeco and Cajun music.
Schultze accepts a request to represent his music club at a German folk music festival in New Braunfels, Texas, despite his initial fears of travelling to the United States. But instead of appearing at the festival, he chooses to travel in a motor boat around the waterways of Louisiana, immersing himself in the music and culture of the Bayou, despite speaking little English.
Schultze Gets the Blues has won at least 10 international film awards, including best film at the 2003 Stockholm International Film Festival, Best Picture at the Stockholm and Gijon Film Festivals, Best Director at the Gijon Film Festival, and Best Actor at the Stockholm Film Festival. Roger Ebert’s 2005 review (SPOILER LINK) describes the plot in significant detail, giving the film 3 1/2 stars. Click here to see the movie trailer, courtesy of IMDb. Several clips of the movie can also be viewed via youtube.