SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 19 – 25 April | Movie News

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

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, Marjorie Prime, The Death of Stalin, Pressure, Support the Girls, All Quiet on the Western Front and Tracks
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Marjorie PrimeThe Death of Stalin All Quiet on the Western Front 

 

MONDAY 19 APRIL

Armour of God II (aka Operation Condor)
7:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 1991
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Carol Cheng, Eva Cobo, Shôko Ikeda, Vincent Lyn
What’s it about?
Agent Jackie (Chan) is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bungling women who are all connected in some way. However, a team of mercenaries have ideas on the ownership of the gold. A chase ensues as to who gets there first.

The ABCs of Love
9:35pm

M
France, 2020
Language: French
Director: Noémie Saglio
Starring: Vincent Dedienne, Camélia Jordana, Samir Guesmi, Alix Poisson
What’s it about?
Vincent (Dedienne), in his thirties without children, infiltrates a tribe with mysterious codes and language: the PTA. Finding himself at parent-teacher meetings, school trips and the end of year fair is quite a feat for him.

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TUESDAY 20 APRIL

Heartbeats
7:35pm

M
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Anne Dorval
What’s it about?
Francis (Dolan) and Marie (Chokri) have it all – youth, good looks, and a best friendship that is indestructible. That is, until the night they both meet a beautiful young man named Nicolas (Schneider) at a dinner party, and instantly fall for him. A casual crush turns into an emotional obsession for them both, and as they pursue him with dinners, parties, and trips to the countryside, their friendship falls apart. From maverick writer and director Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways, Mommy). 

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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
9:30pm

M, CC
Belgium, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
What’s it about?
The story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod (Dhanush), a fakir who tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an Ikea store.

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WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL

Marjorie Prime
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith, Stephanie Andujar, Hannah Gross
What’s it about?
With the help of a service that provides holographic projections of lost loved ones, an ageing woman (Smith) reconnects with those she was closest to as her memory and life begin to fade away. Directed by Michael Almereyda (Experimenter, Nadja) and based on the play by Jordan Harrison.

The Death of Stalin
9:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Adrian McLoughlin
What’s it about?
When tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin (McLoughlin) dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi) and Lavrenti Beria (Beale), the sadistic secret police chief. From Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, In the Loop and Veep.

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THURSDAY 22 APRIL

Pressure
7:50pm

M, AD, CC
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ron Scalpello
Starring: Danny Huston, Joe Cole, Alan McKenna, Matthew Goode, Ian Pirie, Daisy Lowe
What’s it about?
Four deep sea saturation divers become stranded 650ft below the surface of the Indian Ocean after disaster strikes their ship. With the air in their bodies compressed to withstand the depth, surfacing too fast without decompressing is unthinkable and will lead to almost certain death. With their diving bell damaged, rescue uncertain and oxygen depleting they are forced to work together to fight for their survival and ultimately find a way back to the surface.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Lucky Grandma
9:30pm

M
USA, 2020
Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Sasie Sealy
Starring: Tsai Chin, Hisao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow, Emma Hong, Yan Xi, Lyman Chen
What’s it about?
Set in New York City’s Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandma (Tsai Chin) goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck – and in the middle of a gang war. Reviewing for The Hollywood Reporter, Harry Windsor noted that “the film features hardly any spoken English at all, and very amusingly captures a hermetic immigrant culture in which nobody so much as considers calling the police.”

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FRIDAY 23 APRIL

Support the Girls
7:45pm

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Starring: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, James Le Gros, Shayna McHayle, Dylan Gelula
What’s it about?
Lisa Conroy (Hall) is the general manager of Double Whammies, a sports bar that features skimpily dressed waitresses. Always nurturing and protective of her staff, she soon faces one trying day that tests her optimism at every turn. Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, Results).

Mystery Men
9:30pm

PG
USA, 1999
Language: English
Director: Kinka Usher
Starring: Ben Stiller, Geoffrey Rush, William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Kinnear
What’s it about?
When Captain Amazing (Kinnear), the prominent superhero of a major superhero city, is captured by his nemesis, Casanova Frankenstein (Rush), it’s up to an inept group of amateurs to save the world. Imaginative and witty, this cult comedy delivers a side-splitting and subversive take on the superhero genre.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 24 APRIL

Whisky Galore
6:40pm

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick, Ellie Kendrick, Sean Biggerstaff
What’s it about?
The story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime rationing of whisky runs out. When cargo ship the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett (Izzard) and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar.

All Quiet on the Western Front
8:30pm

PG, AD, CC
UK, USA, 1979
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: English
Director: Delbert Mann
Starring: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm, Patricia Neal
What’s it about?
At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer (Thomas) is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to bear, and as his friends die or become gravely wounded, Paul questions the sanity of fighting over a few hundreds yards of war-torn countryside.

Half Brother
11:20pm

MA15+
Brazil, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Portuguese
Director: Eliane Coster
Starring: Natália Molina, Diego Avelino, Francisco Gomes, Dico Oliveira, Eduarda Andrade
What’s it about?
Sandra’s (Molina) mother has been missing for days. Disoriented and without money, she asks Jorge (Avelino), her distant half brother, for help. But he is going through a difficult situation: after recording a homophobic aggression, he is being threatened to not release the images.

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SUNDAY 25 APRIL

Ernest & Célestine
7:00pm

G
France, 2012
Genre: Animation
Language: French
Director: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Voice Cast: Pauline Brunner, Lambert Wilson
What’s it about?
In the conventional world of bears, it is not the done thing to become friends with a mouse. Nevertheless, Ernest (Wilson), a big bear, who happens to also be a clown and musician, takes in Celestine (Brunner), an orphan who has fled the underground world of rodents. These two solitary creatures help and comfort each other, and in doing so, disrupt the established order. A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Counterfeiters
8:30pm

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Devid Striesow
What’s it about?
Salomon ‘Sally’ Sorowitsch (Markovics) is an expert Jewish counterfeiter enjoying the good life until he’s sent to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. Sally manages to survive for five years before transfer to Sachsenhausen, where he is assigned to produce perfect forgeries of British and US banknotes for the Third Reich. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2008.

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Tracks
10:20pm

M, CC
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Emma Booth, Adam Driver
What’s it about?
In 1977, a young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) set out from Alice Springs to trek across 2,700 kilometres of harsh desert of Western Australia to reach the ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson had no other purpose than to reach the ocean and find herself on a journey of self-discovery.

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