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

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for: The Band’s Visit, Bugsy Malone, La Vie en Rose, Florence Foster Jenkins, Billy Elliot, The Blues Brothers, Abe, Love & Mercy
  • Audio Description (AD) available for: Bugsy Malone, Florence Foster Jenkins, Billy Elliot, Hearts Beat Loud, The Blues Brothers, Abe, Love & Mercy

 

MONDAY 17 MAY

The Band’s Visit
7:30pm

PG, CC
Israel, USA, France 2007
Genre: Comedy
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Director: Eran Korilin
Starring: Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz, Saleh Bakri
What’s it about?
This warm, heartfelt film follows the members of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, led by the repressed Tawfiq, who after taking the wrong bus on their way to a cultural event, wind up on the doorstep of Dina (Elkabetz), a free-spirited cafe owner in a remote Israel village. After informing them they will be stuck there until the next morning, Dina offers to put them up for the night, with help from other villagers. 

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Devdas
9:05pm

PG
India, 2002
Genre: Bollywood, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff
What’s it about?
One of the most lavish and expensive Bollywood films ever made. This is the sweeping tale of two soul mates, childhood sweethearts Devdas (Khan) and Paro (Rai), whose love is thwarted by India’s rigid class structure. Young Devdas is sent to study in London by his wealthy father. On his return, love blossoms again, but the families oppose the romance.

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TUESDAY 18 MAY

Bugsy Malone
7:30pm

G, AD, CC
UK, 1976
Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy, Family, Action
Language: English
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Paul Murphy, Dexter Fletcher, Michael Jackson, Jodie Foster, Scott Baio
What’s it about?
A pint-sized cast illuminates this musical that is unlike any other ever made. Set in 1929 New York City, Bugsy Malone captures a flashy world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls, and dreamers – all played by child actors! As Tallulah, the sassy girlfriend of the owner of Fat Sam’s Grand Slam Speakeasy, future superstar Jodie Foster dances and sings her way into our hearts.

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La Vie en Rose
9:10pm

M, CC
France, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner, Sylvie Testud
What’s it about?
A biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf (Cotillard, in an Oscar-winning performance), whose voice and talent captivated the world. The remarkable artist was born into poverty but survived using the only gift she had – her voice. Piaf’s tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets.

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WEDNESDAY 19 MAY

Born to Dance
7:30pm

PG
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tammy Davis
Starring: Tia Maipi, Stan Walker, Kherington Payne, John Tui, Parris Goebel
What’s it about?
Coming of age tale told through the eyes of ‘Tu’ (Maipi), an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Florence Foster Jenkins
9:15pm

PG, AD, CC
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson
What’s it about?
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears (The QueenMy Beautiful Laundrette), Jenkins is loosely based on Baroness Marguerite Dumont, who was the basis of the 2015 French film Marguerite.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 20 MAY

Walking on Sunshine
7:30pm

PG
UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Italian, English
Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Starring: Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti, Greg Wise, Katy Brand
What’s it about?
Set to a soundtrack of popular hit songs from the 1980s, this film take place in a beautiful coastal village, present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie (Scholey) is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf (Berruti), and has invited her sister Taylor (Arterton) to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor’s ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life.

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Billy Elliot
9:20pm

M, AD, CC
UK, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Daldy
Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jamie Draven, Jean Heywood
What’s it about?
The inspirational story of a boy from a coal mining town (Bell) whose life is changed when he discovers ballet. Billy Elliot (Bell) dazzles in energetic dance sequences set against the chaos of the 1984 coal miner’s strike in Northern England. Julie Walters earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a truly original ballet instructor.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 21 MAY

Hearts Beat Loud
7:30pm

M, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Music, Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Brett Haley
Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette
What’s it about?
In the hip Brooklyn neighbourhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Clemons) off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Blues Brothers
9:20pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 1980
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Action
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Aretha Franklin
What’s it about?
Jake Blues (Belushi) is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood (Aykroyd) on a ‘mission from God’ to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their old band together and they’re on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 22 MAY

Abe
6:55pm

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.

Love & Mercy
8:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: 
Drama, Music, Biography
Language: 
English
Director: 
Bill Pohlad
Starring: 
Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks 
What’s it about?
In the mid-60’s, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (played by Dano in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) grapples with his inner demons during the creation of the now-classic “Pet Sounds” album, even as the late 1980s Wilson (played by Cusack) escapes the influence of the domineering Dr. Landy (Giamatti) with the help of protective girlfriend Melinda (Banks).

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Into the Night
10:45pm

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Dan Aykroyd, Michelle Pfeiffer, David Cronenberg, David Bowie
What’s it about?
Jeff Goldlum is Ed Okin, an Everyman struggling with insomnia and depression, and the knowledge that his wife is cheating on him. Into his life comes beautiful jewel smuggler, Diana (Pfeiffer), who pulls him into an exciting game of international intrigue. Directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Animal House).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 23 MAY

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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Loro
8:30pm

MA15+
France, Italy, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Euridice Axén
What’s it about?
Internationally released Director’s Cut of “Loro 1” and “Loro 2”, which were released separately as two movies in Italy. The film talks about the group of businessmen and politicians – the Loro (Them) from the title – who live and act near to media tycoon and politician Silvio Berlusconi in the years between 2006 and 2009. Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope).

Shin Godzilla
11:20pm

M
Japan, 2016
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
What’s it about?
From Hideaki Anno (the mind behind ‘Evangelion’) comes the terrifying resurgence of the King of Monsters – Godzilla. It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. Their worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.

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