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THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV (and SBS On Demand)

Closed Captions (CC) available for Carol, Call Me By Your Name, Grace of Monaco and Madame Bovary

 

MONDAY 1 MARCH

The Rocket
7:40pm

M
Australia, Laos, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Lao
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Starring: Sitthiphon ‘Ki’ Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam
What’s it about?
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he’s not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. 

Goodbye Mother 
9:30pm

Vietnam, 2019
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Trinh Dinh Le Minh
Cast: Lanh Thanh, Vo Dien Gia Huy, Hong Dao
What’s it about?
Van (Lanh Thanh), the heir of a Vietnamese clan, returns home from the US for the first time in nine years for the move of his father’s tomb. The family is surprised to see him arrive with a Vietnamese-American man named Ian (Vo Dien Gia Huy). No one knows Ian is Van’s boyfriend and they plan to come out to Van’s widowed mother Mrs. Hanh, who expects him to get married and have kids to fulfil the heir’s duties.

 

TUESDAY 2 MARCH

Rams
7:50pm

M
Iceland, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Icelandic
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
What’s it about?
In a secluded valley in Iceland, two brothers, Gummi (Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Júlíusson), live side by side, tending to their sheep. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, Gummi and Kiddi have to come together in order to save them. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the basis for the recent Australian remake starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton.

I Miss You
9:30pm

MA15+
Bolivia, USA, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Rodrigo Bellott
Starring: Oscar Martínez, Fernando Barbosa, Rossy de Palma, Rick Cosnett, Ana Asensio
What’s it about?
Following his son Gabriel’s death, Jorge (Oscar Martínez of Wild Tales) travels from conservative Bolivia to New York City to confront Gabriel’s boyfriend Sebastian (Barbosa). While the two battle over Jorge’s inability to accept his son, Sebastian channels his grief into a bold new play in honor of his lost love, in which Gabriel’s inner turmoil is transformed into an eye-popping gay fantasia. Also starring Pedro Almodóvar regular Rossy de Palma.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH

Just a Breath Away
7:50pm

M
France, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: French
Director: Daniel Roby
Starring: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin
What’s it about?
When Paris is submerged in a strange mortal fog, survivors take refuge on the city’s upper floors and rooftops. Without news, electricity, water or food, one small family struggles to survive the catastrophe. But as the hours pass, they are forced to face reality – rescue teams aren’t coming. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to risk going out into the fog.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

A Fantastic Woman
9:30pm

M
Chile, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim
What’s it about?
Marina’s (Vega) life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner (Reyes). Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy. The film won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and its Oscar win became used as a point of discussion for Chilean LBGTQ activists in passing a gender identity bill, which then led to the country approving laws for transgender citizens to change their official details in 2018.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 4 MARCH

Adam
7:45pm

M
USA, 2019
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Rhys Ernst
Starring: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine, Margaret Qualley
What’s it about?
Adam (Alexander), an awkward teen, spends a summer with his older sister, who is part of New York City’s lesbian and trans activist scene. He meets the girl of his dreams (Menuez) but can’t figure out how to tell her he’s not the trans man she thinks he is. Based on the novel by Ariel Schrag (who also wrote the film’s script).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Carol
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler
What’s it about?
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel ‘The Price of Salt’, the 1950s-set romantic drama from acclaimed director Todd Haynes (SafeFar From HeavenI’m Not There) follows Carol (Blanchett), a Manhattan socialite trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience with Harge (Chandler), whose life is forever changed when she meets a department store clerk (Mara). Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 5 MARCH

Alone in Berlin
7:35pm

M
France, Germany, UK, 2016
Genre: Thriller, War, Drama
Language: English
Director: Vincent Perez
Starring: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl, Mikael Persbrandt
What’s it about?
A German couple (Thompson, Gleeson) receive the news that their only son has been killed in a WWII battle. Already disillusioned with the Nazi regime, they begin a campaign of civil disobedience and write messages on postcards urging fellow Germans to resist.

Call Me By Your Name
9:30pm

M, CC
Italy, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
What’s it about?
Elio Perlman (Chalamet) is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father (Stuhlbarg) hires a handsome doctoral student (Hammer), the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), from an Oscar-winning screenplay written by James Ivory (A Room With a ViewRemains of the Day) and adapted from the novel by André Aciman.

Streaming after broadcast for 14 days at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 6 MARCH

Belle
6:30pm

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson
What’s it about?
This period drama is inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), who was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay, a Captain in the Royal Navy, and a Caribbean woman named Maria Belle who gave birth to their child in 1762. Belle’s racial background renders her an outsider in her high society circle, and her uncle’s role in a slavery case places her in the spotlight.

The Kids Are All Right
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2010

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska 
What’s it about?
Nic (Bening) and Jules (Moore) are a lesbian couple who have each given birth to a child using the same anonymous sperm donor. Nic, an obstetrician, is the primary breadwinner and the stricter parent, while Jules is more laid back and after previous failures to launch a career, is starting up a landscape design business. While the family functions well, their relationship has begun to go stale – until Paul (Ruffalo) enters the picture. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Walk with Me
10:30pm

MA15+
Denmark, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Lisa Ohlin
Starring: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Cecilie Lassen, Karen-Lise Mynster
What’s it about?
Deployed on mission in Helmand, Afghanistan, 25-year old Thomas (Følsgaard) steps on a landmine and loses both his legs. At the local rehabilitation center, he meets Sofie (Lassen), an ascending ballerina from the Royal Danish Ballet, who is helping a relative to regain strength after a long term sickness. When Sofie offers to help him with a more intense rehabilitation plan, he accepts. Despite their differences, they develop a special bond and a mutual affection.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 7 MARCH

Grace of Monaco
6:35pm

PG, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Parker Posey
What’s it about?
Set in 1962, six years after she celebrated her wedding, Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic women – Grace Kelly (Kidman) – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III (Roth). Opening night film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Who You Think I Am
8:30pm

M
Belgium, France, 2019
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Safy Nebbou
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, François Civil, Marie-Ange Casta, Charles Berling
What’s it about?
Claire (Binoche) is a university lecturer and mother of two teenage boys, who is contending with the approach of middle age and remains stung by the betrayal of her ex-husband (Berling), who is building a new life with another partner. Claire has a new lover too, the handsome Ludo, but is under no illusions as to his fidelity. Out of a mix of petulance and curiosity, she impulsively creates a fake Facebook profile in which to keep an eye on him.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Madame Bovary
10:25pm

M, CC
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sophie Barthes
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes
What’s it about?
Adapted from Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor (Lloyd-Hughes) to leave her father’s (Giamatti) pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.

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