SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 15 – 21 February | Movie News

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

Closed Captions (CC) available for The Graduate, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now Redux, Broken Hill and mother!

 

MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Hotel Salvation
6:10pm

PG
India, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh
What’s it about?
An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar (Behl) that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv (Hussain), knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father, checking into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi.

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The Pigeon
8:05pm

M
Turkey, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Turkish
Director: Banu Sıvacı
Starring: Evren Erler, Kemal Burak Alper, Ruhi Sari, Demet Genç, Michal Elia Kamal
What’s it about?
Yusuf (Alper) is a youngster living with his sister and brother in one of Adana’s suburbs. On the roof of the house where they live, he passionately feeds and raises the pigeons bequeathed by his father. He has got a special bond with a female pigeon named Maverdi. His brother forces him to work and to earn money. Yusuf who doesn’t know any other world than the one with his pigeons on the roof will face the labor life and the realities of his neighbourhood.

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The Graduate
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, 1967
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, Buck Henry
What’s it about?
During a party given by his parents to celebrate his graduation, Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), the wife of one of his father’s closest friends. They have an affair, but Benjamin then falls in love with her daughter, Elaine (Ross). Jealous and angry, Mrs. Robinson does everything to keep the young couple apart. This landmark comedy won Best Director for Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer) at the 1968 Academy Awards.

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TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY

Lost in Armenia
7:45pm

M
France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Serge Avédikian
Starring: Patrick Chesnais, Arsinee Khanjian, Robert Harutyunyan, Nikolay Avétisyan
What’s it about?
Comedian Jean-Paul Bolzec (Chesnais) Bolzec is abandoned on a desert road, in the middle of nowhere, en route to a show in Azerbaijan. Without realising it, he crosses the border into Armenia, where a war has existed for years between the two countries. A stranger in a country he doesn’t know and whose language he doesn’t speak, Bolzec quickly understands that he has been mistaken for someone else, because people celebrate his arrival like the Second Coming.

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Chinatown
9:30pm

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman
What’s it about?
Private eye Jake Gittes (Nicholson) lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Dunaway) to investigate her husband’s extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards in 1975, and winner of one (Robert Towne, Best Original Screenplay).

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WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY

Two Days, One Night
7:45pm

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What’s it about?
In an Academy-award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From the acclaimed, multiple-Cannes-prize-winning directing team the Dardenne brothers (The Child, The Kid With a Bike).

Amelie
9:30pm

M
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
What’s it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it’s secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film.

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THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY

Slow West
7:55pm

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Action, Western, Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn
What’s it about?
Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows Jay (Smit-McPhee), a 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat who travels to American West to look for his former lover. Faced with the brutal frontier environment, he soon teams up with a rough and mysterious traveller named Silas (Fassbender), who soon discovers that Jay’s old flame has a price on her head. Together, they make their way through the wilderness, while trying to stay one step ahead of the bounty hunters.

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The Godfather: Part II
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What’s it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone (Pacino) attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY

Short Term 12
7:40pm

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, LaKeith Stanfield, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever
What’s it about?
Grace (Larson), a 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility, navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. Winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Award in 2013. 

Apocalypse Now Redux
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 1979
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, French, Cambodian, Vietnamese
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne
What’s it about?
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard (Sheen) is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, “does not exist, nor will it ever exist.” His goal is to locate – and eliminate – a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz (Brando), who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation).

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SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Leave No Trace
6:30pm

G
Canada, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Debra Granik
Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey
What’s it about?
A father (Foster) and daughter (Jojo Rabbit‘s Thomasin McKenzie) live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own. From Debra Granik, acclaimed writer-director of Winter’s Bone.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Public Enemies
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Language: English
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Christian Bale, Lili Taylor, Billy Crudup
What’s it about?
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans) directs this adaptation of Brian Burrough’s best-seller about famed government agent Melvin Purvis (Bale) and his attempt to stop John Dillinger (Depp) and his gang. The 1930s-set drama depicts a lawless time in American history that made a stable of gangsters, of whom Dillinger was most notorious, front page celebrities. Efforts to thwart the high profile criminals led to the formation of what is now known as the FBI. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Host
11:05pm

M
South Korea, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Doona Bae
What’s it about?
An American military base of Yongson releases toxic chemicals in the drain to the Han River under the direct order of an arrogant coroner. Six years later, a mutant squid monster leaves the water and attacks people on the side of the river. The third feature from Bong Joon-ho (also starring his regular actor Song Kang-ho), director of 2020’s Best Picture Oscar-winner Parasite.

 

SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY

Broken Hill
6:30pm

PG, CC
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Family
Language: English
Director: Dagen Merrill
Starring: Luke Arnold, Alexa PenaVega, Timothy Hutton, Rhys Wakefield
What’s it about?
A sheep rancher’s son (Arnold) dreams of being accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has trouble finding an adequate band in the Outback to perform his compositions, until he comes upon a talented prison choir.

mother!
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
What’s it about?
A couple’s (Lawrence, Bardem) relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. The controversial latest feature from Darren Aronofsky, director of The WrestlerBlack Swan and Requiem For a Dream.

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13 Minutes
10:45pm 

MA15+
Germany, 2015
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow
What’s it about?
The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler tricked millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance fighters. Directed by Olivier Hirschbiegel (The ExperimentDownfall).



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