SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 7 – 13 June | Movie News

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  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Strangerland, Ali’s Wedding, Tracks, Sometimes Always Never
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Ali’s WeddingSometimes Always Never, Taxi Driver



A Cool Fish

China, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Language: Chinese
Director: Rao Xiaozhi
Starring: Chen Jianbin, Ren Suxi, Zhang Yu, Wang Yanhui, Kong Jiu, Pan Binlong
What’s it about?
Cop-turned-security guard Ma Xianyong finds himself in a criminal twilight zone when two unrelated events turn his world upside down. The mysterious disappearance of his boss has implications for his financial security. Even more perilous is the abduction of his paralysed sister who, unknown to Ma, makes a morbid deal with her captors.

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The Infinite Man

Australia, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Hugh Sullivan
Starring: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
What’s it about?
A young inventor (McConville) obsessively attempts to engineer the perfect romantic weekend and record every happy moment between him and his girlfriend, Lana (Marshall). When his idea is thwarted by the unexpected arrival of his partner’s aggressive ex-boyfriend (Dimitriades), the technical wiz invents a time-travelling device to return to the exact moment the incident occurred to prevent it from happening. As a result, the three characters become trapped in an infinite metaphysical time loop. 



A Fantastic Woman

Chile, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim
What’s it about?
Marina’s (Vega) life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner (Reyes). Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy. The film won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and its Oscar win became used as a point of discussion for Chilean LBGTQ activists in passing a gender identity bill, which then led to the country approving laws for transgender citizens to change their official details in 2018.


MA15+, CC
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kim Farrant
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Joseph Fiennes
What’s it about?
Newly arrived in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes) are trying to adjust, when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear in the desert, just as a massive dust storm is about to hit. Rumours start swirling about what could have happened to children and, with temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink.

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Borg vs. McEnroe

Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Janus Metz Pedersen
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
What’s it about?
It’s the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship – the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (LaBeouf).

Ali’s Wedding

Australia, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Starring: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah
What’s it about?
Ali (Sami) is the son of a Muslim cleric who despite the best of intentions, just can’t seem to make the right life choices. Ali dreams big – he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he’s been promised to another girl at his father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he doesn’t get the marks. And above all, he wants to make his father proud – really proud. So what will Ali do to live up to the impossible expectations? He must fake it, because as the son of the cleric, he doesn’t have a choice.

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It Must Be Heaven

Palestine, Qatar, 2019
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, Arabic, French
Director: Elia Suleiman
Starring: Elia Suleiman, Ali Suliman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Stephen McHattie, Gregoire Colin
What’s it about?
Writer-director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention, The Time That Remains), playing himself, escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors. However far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. This comic saga asks the fundamental question – where is the place we can truly call home?


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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Sometimes Always Never

UK, 2019
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Carl Hunter
Starring: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Alice Lowe, Tim McInnerny, Louis Healy
What’s it about?
Alan (Nighy) is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.

Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story

Philippines, 2018
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English, Tagalog
Director: Irene Villamor
Starring: Anne Curtis, Dingdong Dantes, Gabby Eigenmann, Cholo Barretto, Bubbles Paraiso
What’s it about?
Sid (Dantes) is a tough, no-nonsense, insomniac stockbroker, who’ll stop at anything to get what he wants. Meanwhile, Aya (Curtis) works as a barista, laundry shop attendant and even an amusement park performer. Their worlds collide when the two meet at a café where Aya works and have an instant connection. Sid hires Aya just for her to talk to him while he struggles with his insomnia. From a complicated setup develops an even more complicated affair that spans time and distance.

Animal Kingdom

Australia, 2010
Crime, Drama
David Michôd 
Starring: James Frecheville, Jackie Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
What’s it about?
Set amidst the explosive world of a family addicted to crime, as experienced through the eyes of a naïve 17-year-old youth (Frecheville) who enters their lair. It’s the Wild West, where criminals and police wage their war on the city’s streets, while the innocent suffer the consequences. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (World Dramatic Competition) in 2010, nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Weaver) at the next year’s Academy Awards, and regarded as one of the finest contemporary Australian films.

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Belgium, 2019
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: Dutch, French
Director: Frederike Migom
Starring: Bebel Tshiani Baloji, Baloji, Joke Devynck, Mo Bakker, Tatyana Beloy, Frank Dierens
What’s it about?
Twelve-year-old Binti (Baloji) dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana (Beloy). But when the police raid her home, and try to deport her and her dad, they are forced to flee. Binti meets Elias (Bakker) and the two become friends. While Binti helps Elias to vlog about his ‘save-the-okapi-club’, she hatches the perfect plan: her dad has to marry Elias’s mom, so they can stay in Belgium.

Taxi Driver

MA15+, AD
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Robert De Niro
Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks
What’s it about?
Travis Bickle (De Niro) is an insomniac ex-marine who works the night shift as a taxi driver in 1970s New York. Chronically lonely and socially inept, he attempts to woo an attractive presidential campaign worker (Shepherd), but his misguided ideas about romance fall flat. Increasingly paranoid, Bickle fancies himself as the decaying city’s saviour, culminating in a political assassination plot and the violent ‘rescue’ of a child prostitute (Foster). A landmark portrait of psychosis from director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader.

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6.9 on the Richter Scale

Romania, 2016
Genre: Comedy
Language: Romanian
Director: Nae Caranfil
Starring: Laurentiu Bãnescu, Maria Simona Arsu, Maria Obretin, Alexandru Papadopol
What’s it about?
A humble Romanian actor (Bãnescu) in his 40’s, hardly surviving between a complicated part at the theatre, a depressed wife (Arsu), and the obsession of an imminent devastating earthquake, becomes the victim of his own father’s manipulation.

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Qatar, Lebanon, Norway, France, 2019
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Arabic
Director: Oualid Mouaness
Starring: Nadine Labaki, Mohammad Dali, Ghassan Maalouf, Aliya Khalidi, Rodrigue Sleiman
What’s it about?
During the 1982 invasion of Lebanon at a posh Christian school on the outskirts of Beirut, 11-year-old Wissam tries to tell a classmate about his crush on her, while his teachers — on different sides of the political divide — try to mask their fears.

Our Little Sister

Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Ōtake, Ryô Kase
What’s it about?
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows).


UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Swahili
Director: Leanne Welham
Starring: Bello Rashid, Nkwabi Elias Ng’angasamala, Sesilia Florian Kilimila, Sikijua Rashid
What’s it about?
Pili (Rashid) lives in rural Tanzania, working the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV-positive status in secret. When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it. But with only two days to get the deposit together, Pili is forced to make increasingly difficult decisions with ever-deepening consequences. How much will she risk to change her life?

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