SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 25 – 31 January | 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 Program, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women and Molly’s Game

 

MONDAY 25 JANUARY

The Program
7:35pm

M, CC
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet
What’s it about?
From Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The QueenPhilomena) comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history – Lance Armstrong (played by Foster), the world-renowned Tour de France champion.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Cry Freedom
9:30pm

M
USA, 1987
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Josette Simon, Penelope Wilton
What’s it about?
Based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods (Kline) is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko (Washington, who earned his first Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist. Directed by Richard Attenborough (Gandhi, A Bridge Too Far).

SBS On Demand: Interview with Richard Attenborough (The Movie Show, Episode 2, 1988)

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Wadjda
7:45pm

PG
Saudi Arabia, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Reem Abdullah
What’s it about?
A rebellious Saudi girl (Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The story is tailored to highlight the pressures and difficulties faced by women in Saudi Arabia, with a rare glimpse into the lives of women behind closed doors and the warm relationships between mothers and daughters. Nominated for a 2013 BAFTA award for Best Film Not In The English Language.

Tudawali
9:30pm, NITV

M
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Jodrell
Starring: Ernie Dingo, Jedda Cole, Peter Fisher
What’s it about?
Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. This film traces the life of Tudawali. 

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WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY

Dying to Survive
7:45pm

M
China, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Chinese
Director: Muye Wen
Starring: Xu Zheng, Eric Wang, Zhang Yu, Tan Zhuo, Yang Xinming, Zhou Yiwei, Wang Jia-Jia
What’s it about?
When a mysterious visitor appears, the life of Yong Cheng (Xu Zheng), owner of a store that stocks aphrodisiac products, changes dramatically. He becomes the exclusive selling agent of a cheap Indian generic drug against Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China. Not only does Yong Cheng see his profits skyrocket, but he is dubbed the god of medicine“ by his customers.

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White Boy Rick
9:55pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Richie Merritt, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie
What’s it about?
Based on the moving, true story of a blue-collar father (McConaughey) and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr. (Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. Directed by Yann Demage (’71).

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THURSDAY 28 JANUARY

One Hour Photo
7:40pm

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mark Romanek
Starring: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Erin Daniels, Eriq La Salle
What’s it about?
Sy Parrish (Williams) has lovingly and painstakingly developed photographs for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins’ lives become fuller, Sy’s only seems lonelier, until he eventually convinces himself he’s part of their family. When Sy discovers the family’s dark secret, a bizarre and thrilling confrontation ensues. Directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Angela Robinson
Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, J.J. Feild, Oliver Platt
What’s it about?
Explores the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston (Evans), the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941; the character having its origins in a polyamorous relationship between Marston, his wife (Hall) and his young teaching assistant (Heathcote).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 29 JANUARY

Midnight Cowboy
7:30pm

M
USA, 1969
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro
What’s it about?
When Joe Buck (Voight), a good-looking, naively charming Texas ‘cowboy’ makes his way to the Big Apple to seek his fortune, the only wealth he finds is in the friendship of Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman), a sleazy, small-time con man with big dreams. Living on the tattered fringe of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond, one that transcends their broken dreams. Winner of the 1970 Academy Award for Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Molly’s Game
9:35pm

M, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O’Dowd
What’s it about?
The true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain), the mastermind behind the world’s most exclusive and glamorous poker empire whose players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. When she is arrested in the middle of the night by FBI agents wielding automatic weapons, she turns to criminal defence lawyer, Charlie Jaffey (Elba), who learned that there was more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe. The directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin (writer of The Social Network and The West Wing).

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SATURDAY 30 JANUARY

God Willing
6:55pm

PG
Italy, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Edoardo Falcone
Starring: Marco Giallini, Enrico Oetiker, Alessandro Gassman, Laura Morante, Ilaria Spada
What’s it about?
Tommaso (Giallini) is a successful, respected cardiac surgeon who also happens to be an atheist. However, Tommaso’s son Andrea (Oetiker) who is a medical student announces in a family get-together that he wants to become a priest. Tommaso is petrified with he hears the news as he expected his son was going to come out as homosexual. Irritated, Tommaso goes undercover on retreat in a monastery, to investigate and bring down the charismatic Father Don Pietro (Gassman), who he believes has ‘brain-washed’ his son.

Panic Room
8:30pm

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam
What’s it about?
Newly divorced Meg Altman (Foster) and her young diabetic daughter Sarah (Stewart) are forced to flee to the panic room of their newly rented New York home when three men (Leto, Whitaker & Yoakam) force their way into the house on a mission to recover millions of dollars in a safe hidden – where else – in the same high security, purpose built safe haven called the panic room. Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, The Social Network).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Spoor
10:35pm

M
Poland, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English, Polish
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Starring: Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, Wiktor Zborowski, Jakub Gierszał
What’s it about?
A story about Janina Duszejko (Mandat-Grabka), an elderly woman, who lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who (or what) is the murderer, but nobody believes her. Directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa and Olivier, Olivier).

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SUNDAY 31 JANUARY

Tom Thumb
6:50pm

PG
France, 2001
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Romane Bohringer, Nils Hugon
What’s it about?
In seventeenth century France, civil war rages, devastating the land. Out of despair, a couple decide to abandon their five children in the depths of a dark forest. Poucet (Hugon) and his brothers try to find their way out making fantastic encounters. Based on the fairy tale by 17th century French writer Charles Perrault, this film is an original re-working of his classic tale directed by Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose).

Miriam Lies
8:30pm

M
Dominican Republic, Spain, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
Starring: Dulce Rodríguez, Carolina Rohana, Pachy Méndez, Frank Perozo, Vicente Santos
What’s it about?
Shy girl Miriam (Rodríguez) is waiting to celebrate her 15th birthday and she wants to invite her guy. So far they’ve only chatted online, and the anticipated blind date only complicates things. Winner of the Award of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2018 Karlovy Vary Film Festival. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Julieta
10:10pm

M
Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Emma Suárez, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Priscilla Delgado
What’s it about?
Julieta (Suárez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo (Grandinetti). Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea (Jenner), former best friend of her estranged daughter Antia, who reveals that Antia is living in Switzerland, married, and with three children. Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and moves to the apartment where she used to live with Antia, in the hope that her daughter will send her a letter. Based on short stories by Alice Munro.

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