SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 23 – 29 November | Movie News

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THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:

 

Closed Captions (CC) are available for All is Lost, The Pianist, The Man Who Knew Infinity and Leon: The Professional

 

MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER

The Journey
7:45pm

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nick Hamm
Starring: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens, John Hurt
What’s it about?
A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley (Spall), and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness (Meaney) – who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Female Agents
9:30pm

MA15+
France, 2008
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: French
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Deborah Francis, Marie Gillain
What’s it about?
A five-woman commando unit parachutes into occupied France in May 1944 on a daring and dangerous mission to protect the secret of the D-Day Landings and eliminate Colonel Heindrich (Bleibtreu), the head of the German counter-intelligence. sniper Louise (Marceau), sex worker Jeanne (Depardieu), explosives expert Gaelle (Francis), former showgirl Suzy (Gillain), and undercover Italian contessa Maria (Maya Sansa).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER

The Iron Lady
7:30pm

M
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama, History, Biography
Language: English
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anthony Head, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Olivia Colman
What’s it about?
An intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (played by Streep in an Oscar-winning performance), leader of the UK’s Conservative Party from 1979-1990 and the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. The film’s story is related by an elderly Thatcher talking to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British Prime Minister, intervene. Screenplay by Abi Morgan (ShameBrick LaneSuffragette).

White Tiger
9:30pm

M
Russia, 2012
Genre: Action, War
Language: Russian
Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Starring: Vladimir Ilin, Valeriy Grishko, Aleksey Vertkov, Vitaly Kishchenko
What’s it about?
WWII is drawing to a close. Furious and prolonged fighting is exhausting both the Soviet and the fascist troops. The more decisive the advance of the Soviet army, the more often White Tiger, a huge, indestructible fascist tank, appears in the battlefield. It relentlessly emerges from the smoke of combat, ruthlessly destroys the adversary and swiftly vanishes. No one can either verify or refute its existence. However, the Soviet military command decides to build an extraordinary tank – a special version of the T-34.

 

WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti
7:35pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Danish, French, Tahitian
Director: Édouard Deluc
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini
What’s it about?
In 1891, the French painter Paul Gauguin (Cassel) leaves Paris and travels to Tahiti to renew his art as a free man, far from the European artistic conventionalism. On his journey of discovery, he faces solitude and disease, but he also knows the beauty of wild nature and the love of Tehura (Adams), a young native girl who becomes his wife and model.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Into the White
9:30pm

MA15+
Norway, Sweden, 2012
Genre: Action, War, Drama
Language: German, English
Director: Petter Næss
Starring: Stig Henrik Hoff, Lachlan Nieboer, Rupert Grint, Florian Lukas, David Kross
What’s it about?
High above the harsh Norwegian wilderness, English and German pilots shoot each other to the ground after a violent chance encounter. Isolated, they must fight to survive the brutal winter. Though war has made them enemies, antagonism is hard to maintain as days go by. Through mutual need, unlikely friendships bloom. Somehow, they become comrades. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER

Stage Beauty
7:30pm

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Eyre
Starring: Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett, Zoe Tapper
What’s it about?
17th century London. Ned (Crudup) is at the top of his craft, for his portrayal of the great heroines of the English stage. Women are forbidden by law to act but Ned’s dresser, Maria (Danes) hides a secret passion to play the roles Ned has become famous for. Charles ll’s (Everett) saucy mistress Nell (Tapper) is also stage struck. She convinces the King to change the law, and suddenly Maria – who has been performing secretly – can now act on the legitimate stage.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Beanpole
9:35pm

MA15+
Russia, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Kantemir Balagov
Starring: Viktoriya Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Konstantin Balakirev
What’s it about?
During WWII in Leningrad, the siege of the city is finally over, but life and death struggles continue in the wreckage that remains. Two young women search for meaning and hope during their struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. Winner of both the Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize for Best Film in the Un Certain Regard section.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER

All Is Lost
7:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Robert Redford
What’s it about?
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a sailor (Redford) wakes to find his yacht is leaking after a collision with an abandoned shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. As one catastrophe follows another, the man finds himself staring his mortality in the face. An extraordinary – and dialogue-free – tale of survival from writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Pianist
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
France, Poland, UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, German, Russian
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
What’s it about?
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Winner of the Palme D’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Brody) at the 2003 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER

Hotel Salvation
6:35pm

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.

The Man Who Knew Infinity
8:30pm

PG, CC
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Brown
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry
What’s it about?
When self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel) fails out of college, he does not give up hope. Determined to pursue his passion, he contacts Professor GH Hardy (Irons) and is invited to attend Trinity College.  

Leon: The Professional
10:30pm

MA15+, CC
France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What’s it about?
Léon (Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-silent and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn’t seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer (Oldman), Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family’s killer. From cult director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Nikita).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER

Out of Africa
5:30pm

M
USA, 1985
Genre: History, Romance, Drama
Language: English, Swahili
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen
What’s it about?
Based on a true story. Streep plays real-life author Karen Blixen, who moves from Denmark to Nairobi with her husband of convenience (Brandauer) to start a plantation. Once there, she finds herself falling in love with a British adventurer (Redford) and struggling with the troubles of daily life in Africa. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director (for Pollack) and Best Picture.

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
8:30pm

M
Sweden, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Felix Herngren
Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer
What’s it about?
After living a long and colourful life, Allan Karlsson (Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey. An international box office hit and 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Tazzeka
11:35pm

M
France, Morocco, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Jean-Philippe Gaud
Starring: Madi Belem, Ouidad Elma, Adama Diop, Abbes Zahmani
What’s it about?
Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking.

Streaming from 4:45am, Sunday 29 November on SBS World Movies:

 



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