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

Closed Captions (CC) available for Abe, Gone are the Days and In the Loop
Audio Description (AD) available for Abe and Gone are the Days
 

 

MONDAY 12 APRIL

The Straight Story
5:55pm

G
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton
What’s it about?
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Farnsworth, in an Oscar-nominated performance) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver’s license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Pearl
8:00pm

M
Switzerland, France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Elsa Amiel
Starring: Julia Föry, Arieh Worthalter, Vidal Arzoni, Agata Buzek, Peter Mullan
What’s it about?
72 hours from the final of an international female bodybuilding championship. Lea Pearl (Föry) is set to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Heaven. But her past catches up with her, when her ex-lover Ben (Worthalter) shows up with the 6-year-old son she hardly knows.

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The Trouble with You
9:30pm

M
France, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime
Language: French, Czech
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Audrey Tautou, Damien Bonnard, Octave Bossuet
What’s it about?
Detective Yvonne (Haenel) is the widow of police chief Santi (Bossuet), a local hero in a town on the French Riviera. When she learns he was in fact a crooked cop, she tries to right his wrongs. Crossing paths with Antoine (Marmaï), a victim of Santi, sets off a series of wild events.

 

TUESDAY 13 APRIL

The Guilty
7:55pm

M
Denmark, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: Danish
Director: Gustav Moller
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen
What’s it about?
Police officer Asger Holm (Cedergren), demoted to desk work as an alarm dispatcher, answers a call from a panicked woman who claims to have been kidnapped. Confined to the police station and with the phone as his only tool, Asger races against time to get help and find her.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Tschick [aka Goodbye Berlin]
9:30pm

M
Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: German
Director: Fatih Akin
Starring: Anand Batbileg, Tristan Göbel, Nicole Mercedes Müller, Uwe Bohm
What’s it about?
Mike (Göbel) is a loner: no friends, no hobbies, no girlfriend. That is until he meets Tschick (Batbileg), who’s new in school, looks like he’s been in a lot of fights and has a tendency to be drunk. At the beginning of the summer break, Tschick shows up at Mike’s door with a stolen car and together they start the adventure of their lifetime: no parents, no maps, no plan – but definitely a lot of fun. From Fatih Akin, writer-director of Head-OnThe Edge of Heaven and In the Fade.

NOTE: No streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand

 

WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL

Gone Are the Days
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Western
Language: English
Director: Mark Landre Gould
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger, Danny Trejo, Lulu Wilson, Jamie McShane
What’s it about?
The story of notorious outlaw Taylon Flynn (Henriksen), a man hell-bent on exiting this life in a blaze of glory. His plans go awry upon the discovery of the sordid life his estranged daughter is forced to live. To save her, he must summon the inner demons he purged long ago, and finds that redemption is a hard road to travel.

Cyrano, My Love
9:30pm

M
Belgium, France, 2019
Language: French, Russian
Director: Alexis Michalik
Starring: Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Tom Leeb
What’s it about?
Paris, France, December 1897. The young playwright Edmond Rostand (Solivérès) feels like a failure. Inspiration has abandoned him. Married and father of two children, desperate and penniless, he persuades the great actor Constant Coquelin (Gourmet) to perform the main role in his new play. But there is a problem: Coquelin wants to premiere it at Christmas and Edmond has not written a single word.

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THURSDAY 15 APRIL

Abe
7:55pm

PG, AD, CC
USA, Brazil, 2020
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade
Starring: Noah Schnapp, Seu Jorge, Dagmara Dominczyk, Mark Margolis, Tom Mardirosian
What’s it about?
The Israeli-Jewish side of his family calls him Avram. The Palestinian-Muslim side Ibrahim. His first-generation American agnostic lawyer parents call him Abraham. But the 12-year-old kid from Brooklyn who loves food and cooking prefers just Abe, and tries to unite his family through his culinary skills.

Seven Psychopaths
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, USA, 2012
Language: English
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell
What’s it about?
Boozy writer Marty (Farrell) is a man in search of a screenplay. He has a catchy title but no story to go along with it. Marty has a couple of oddball buddies, Hans (Walken) and Billy (Rockwell), who make a living by kidnapping rich people’s dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward, and Marty uses the ensuing events of a kidnapping-gone-awry as fodder for his screenplay. A typically dark and acerbic comedy from Martin McDonagh, writer-director of In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

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FRIDAY 16 APRIL

The Cobbler
7:40pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin
What’s it about?
Max Simkin (Sandler) repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. From Tom McCarthy, director of Spotlight and The Station Agent.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

In the Loop
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
UK, 2009
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Gina Mckee, Anna Chlumsky
What’s it about?
In the lead up to sanctioning American and British military action in the Middle East, a gaffe by a minor British government minister (Hollander) gives hope to anti-war supporters. The politician and a staffer are sent to Washington to appease Britain’s ally, but they soon become pawns in the backroom dealings that are seemingly at odds with the reality of what is about to occur. This film spin-off of the BBC series “The Thick Of It” (also starring Capaldi as the iconic Malcolm Tucker) was a 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay.

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SATURDAY 17 APRIL

Loving
6:15pm

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp
What’s it about?
The story of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga, in an Oscar-nominated performance), an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud).

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A Beautiful Mind
8:30pm

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany
What’s it about?
After distinguishing himself early in his career, mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Crowe) was enlisted by the US government to intercept Soviet communications during the Cold War. However, a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia plunges him into the depths of despair. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Gali Guleiyan [In the Shadows]
11:00pm

M
UK, India, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Dipesh Jain
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Shahana Goswami, Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Om Singh
What’s it about?
A reclusive Old Delhi shopkeeper (Bajpayee), spends his time watching people through hidden cameras. When he overhears a boy being beaten, his search for the boy leads to reality crumbling around him, as he is lost in the maze of the city and his own mind.

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SUNDAY 18 APRIL

Song of Granite
6:40pm

M
Canada, Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Irish
Director: Pat Collins
Starring: Macdara Ó Fátharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe
What’s it about?
The life story of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney (played by Macdara O’Chonfhlaola in his ’40s and by Mícheál Ó Fátharta in his ’60s), who is estimated to have recorded in excess of 500 traditional Irish sean nós (‘old style’) songs. Heaney moved from Ireland to the UK, and then on to New York City, where he settled shortly after performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

Infernal Affairs III
8:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 2003
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Language: Chinese, Thai,
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
Starring: Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen
What’s it about?
The third instalment in the Infernal Affairs film series, serving as both a sequel and a semi-prequel to the original film, as it intercuts events before and after the events in the original, untangling the intricate story of undercover cops, gangsters and corruption. The story traces the psychological disintegration of Lau (Andy Lau), who feels that he has been deprived of a chance to become a good and honest cop.

Rock’n Roll
10:40pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Philippe Lefebvre
What’s it about?
A meta-comedy, written and directed by Guillaume Canet, in which the actor (playing himself) is told by a young co-star that he’s no longer ‘rock ‘n roll’ and can’t sell films anymore. He then tries to prove her wrong, with help from his girlfriend, Marion Cotillard (playing herself).



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