SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 21 – 27 September | Movie News

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FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:

CC (Closed Captions) are available for Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Protector 2

 

MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Micmacs
7:35pm

M
France, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Nicolas Marié, Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle
What’s it about?
This whimsical fantasy comedy from acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement), takes on the arms dealers of the world. While standing in the doorway of the video shop where he works, Bazil (Boon) has been inadvertently shot in the head. Now homeless and jobless, he is taken in by a troupe of misfits who live in a giant mound of trash. There Bazil begins his quest for revenge against the people who produced the gun that shot him.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Hotel Salvation
9:30pm

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.

 

TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Interlude In Prague
7:35pm

M
Czech Republic, UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: John Stephenson
Starring: Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark
What’s it about?
Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart (Barnard) is brought to Prague by Baron Saloka (Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However, Mozart’s presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events that go on to become immortalised in the world’s most famous opera – Don Giovanni.

Match Point
9:30pm

M, CC
UK, 2005
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox
What’s it about?
In this dramatic thriller, at a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro (Rhys-Meyers) falls for a femme-fatal type (Johansson) who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law (Goode). The two embark on an illicit affair which ultimately leads to dire consequences for them and their partners. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2006 Academy Awards.

 

WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
7:30pm

M
Belgium, UK, France, Portugal, Spain, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Sergi López
What’s it about?
Toby (Driver), a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote (Pryce). In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth. A long-in-the-making passion project from Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Brazil), whose first troubled shoot was the subject of the 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha.

Amelie
10:00pm

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.

 

THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

Rolling to You
7:30pm

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Franck Dubosc
Starring: Franck Dubosc, Alexandra Lamy, Elsa Zylberstein, Gérard Darmon, Caroline Anglade
What’s it about?
Jocelyn (Dubosc) is a successful businessman, a ladies man, and inveterate liar. He seduces a young woman (Anglade) in spite of himself by pretending to be a wheelchair user. Until one day she introduces him to her sister (Lamy), who is actually a person with a mobility disability.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
9:30pm

M, CC
Spain, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Javier Bardem
What’s it about?
Two girlfriends (Johansson, Hall) on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter (Bardem), unaware that his ex-wife (Cruz, winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Ash Is Purest White
11:15pm

MA15+
China, 2018
Genre: Crime, Romance, Drama
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Director: Jia Zhangke
Starring: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Feng Xiaogang, Xu Zheng
What’s it about?
Qiao (Zhao) is in love with Bin (Fan), a big time mobster in a small provincial town. Despite the dangers of the criminal underworld, Qiao rests easy with the protection provided by the mob’s brotherhood. However, when a rival gang attacks, Qiao steps up to protect Bin. Her act of loyalty sends her to prison for five years. From acclaimed director Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, Platform).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER

Freeheld
7:35pm

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles
What’s it about?
With help from colleague Dane Wells (Shannon) and activist Steven Goldstein (Carell), terminally ill New Jersey detective Laurel Hester (Moore) fights for pension benefits for her domestic partner – Stacey Andree (Page). Based on a true story.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Top Five
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Chris Rock
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan
What’s it about?
Former comedy legend Andre Allen (Rock) returns to New York to promote his latest film on the eve of his wedding to a self-absorbed reality TV star (Union). While wandering the city with a mysterious and charming journalist (Dawson), Allen is forced to confront his past and the people he left behind. 

NOTE: No Catch-Up at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

April and the Extraordinary World
6:30pm

PG
France, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Franck Ekinci, Christian Desmares
Voice Cast: Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine, Jean Rochefort, Olivier Gourmet
What’s it about?
Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful invincibility serum when all of a sudden, the parents are mysteriously abducted, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April is living alone with her precious cat, Darwin, continuing her family’s research. But soon, she finds herself at the centre of a bizarre conspiracy. Along with Darwin and her trusted friend Julius, April embarks on an adventure to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
8:30pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Beth Ditto, Kim Gordon
What’s it about?
After Portland slacker John Callahan (Phoenix) nearly loses his life in a car accident, the last thing he intends to do is give up drinking. But when he reluctantly enters treatment – with encouragement from his girlfriend (Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Hill) – Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop an international following and grant him a new lease on life. Based on a true story (adapted from Callahan’s autobiography), and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Protector 2
10:35pm

M, CC
Thailand, 2013
Genre: Action
Language: Thai
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Starring: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Marrese Crump, JeeJa Yanin, RZA
What’s it about?
Kham (Jaa) is the last in a long line of traditional guards who watch over Thailand’s war elephants. When one of these elephants has been stolen by low-level crime boss Suchart, Kham uncovers a major crime syndicate headed up by LC (RZA). With the help of Interpol agent Mark, Kham must fight his way to the top to get back his elephant.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
6:40pm

PG
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Donald Rice
Starring: Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones, Eva Traynor, Luke Treadaway
What’s it about?
Bride-­to-­be Dolly (Jones) is hiding in her bedroom daydreaming of the summer before. Long-lost cousins and aunts are arriving to the house every hour, and the downstairs living rooms are abuzz with speculation about the bride’s whereabouts. Dolly’s exasperated mother Hetty (McGovern) has perfected all of the day’s arrangements, but her plans can’t prepare everyone for the arrival of Dolly’s unpredictable former lover, Joseph (Treadaway).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Rams
9:25pm

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 of an upcoming Australian remake starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton.



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