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

Closed Captions (CC) available for Charlie & Boots and Woman at War

 

MONDAY 8 MARCH

Woman at War
7:35pm

M, CC
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Action
Language: Icelandic, English
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Jörundur Ragnarsson
What’s it about?
Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life. From Of Horses and Men writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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Happy as Lazzaro
9:30pm

M
France, Italy, Switzerland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: Italian
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Starring: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Tommaso Ragno, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López
What’s it about?
This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro (Tardolio), a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi (Ragno), a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders), who for this film won the Best Screenplay prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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TUESDAY 9 MARCH

Pili
7:55pm

M
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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Kuessipan
9:30pm

M
Canada, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French, Inuktitut, Inupiak
Director: Myriam Verreault
Starring: Brigitte Poupart, Étienne Galloy, Yamie Grégoire, Sharon Ishpatao Fontaine
What’s it about?
Two girls, Mikuan (Poupart) and Frances (Galloy) grow up as best friends in an Innu community (the indigenous people of the Nitassinan region in Canada, which comprises present-day northern Quebec and parts of Labrador) and they promise each other to stick together no matter what. But their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy.

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WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH

Freak Show
7:50pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Trudie Styler
Starring: Alex Lawther, Ian Nelson, AnnaSophia Robb, Celia Weston, Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler
What’s it about?
Billy Bloom (Lawther) once lived a fabulous life in Connecticut, with his equally fabulous mother, Muv (Midler). But when he is suddenly shipped off to his father’s (Pine) Southern mansion, he finds himself a fish out of water. With his closet of extravagant and flamboyant attire, Billy is completely different from the cheerleaders, bible belles, and beefy quarterbacks at his new high school, but determined to be himself – even if that does mean wearing face glitter to school.

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Wadjda
9:30pm

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.

 

THURSDAY 11 MARCH

Charlie & Boots
7:35pm

M, CC
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dean Murphy
Starring: Shane Jacobson, Paul Hogan, Morgan Griffin, Roy Billing
What’s it about?
After a family tragedy, estranged brothers Charlie (Hogan) and Boots (Jacobson) try and put their differences aside and head off on the road trip of a lifetime – from regional Victoria to the Cape York Peninsula – they overcome many challenges to reach their dream – to fish off the northern most tip of Australia.

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Colette
9:30pm

M
UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, French
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh
What’s it about?
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as Willy (West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels.

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FRIDAY 12 MARCH

Phantom of the Paradise
7:50pm

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Horror, Fantasy
Language: English, German
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli
What’s it about?
Swan (Williams) is a powerful and mysterious impresario who both steals a rock cantata from Winslow Leach (Finley) and frames him for a crime he didn’t commit. Now with a desire for vengeance, Winslow plots revenge and haunts the Paradise, Swan’s lavish new rock club. A rock opera mashup of Phantom of the Opera and Faust, directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface, Carrie, The Untouchables).

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

Red Joan
9:30pm

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: Trevor Nunn
Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Tereza Srbová, Stephen Campbell Moore
What’s it about?
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past – she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Based on the novel by Jennie Rooney.

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SATURDAY 13 MARCH

Swallows and Amazons
6:40pm

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Family
Language: Armenian, English, Russian
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring: Dane Hughes, Orla Hill, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Bobby McCulloch
What’s it about?
Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve.

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Boys Don’t Cry
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Romance, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III
What’s it about?
This is based on a true story which happened in Nebraska in 1993. Brandon Teena (Swank, in an Oscar-winning performance) is a trans man with plans for gender-affirming surgery sometime soon. He finds himself in Falls City, believing he can escape his past and be accepted as he wants to be. Initially, he is, and even falls in love with Lana (Sevigny), but his existence is soon in danger when bigoted locals discover his identity.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Ip Man 3
10:40pm

M
Hong Kong, 2015
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Cantonese, English
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson
What’s it about?
When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen, in this soon-to-be genre classic.

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SUNDAY 14 MARCH

The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King
6:35pm

PG
Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Starring: Vebjørn Enger, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Elias Holmen Sørensen, Allan Hyde
What’s it about?
Espen “Ash Lad” (Enger), a poor farmer’s son, embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to save the princess from a vile troll known as the Mountain King – in order to collect a reward and save his family’s farm from ruin.

Capharnaüm
8:30pm

M
Lebanon, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Nadine Labaki
Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Nadine Labaki
What’s it about?
Zain (Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Le Chef
10:50pm

M
France, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Daniel Cohen
Starring: Jean Reno, Michaél Youn, Santiago Segura, Raphaëlle Agogué
What’s it about?
Jacky Bonnot (Youn) is 32 years old and a lover of haute cuisine. He is undeniably talented and he dreams of success managing a great restaurant, but he and his wife’s financial situation obliges him to accept odd jobs that he is not passionate about and thus, never able to keep. One day he runs into his idol, Alexandre Lagarde (Reno), a famous multi-star chef whose comfortable situation is threatened by the holding group that owns his restaurants.

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