When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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24 Sep 2017 - 3:56 PM  UPDATED 24 Sep 2017 - 3:56 PM

Monday 25 September 

Paris Manhattan
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

PG
France, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French, English
Director: Sophie Lellouche
Starring: Alice Taglioni, Patrick Bruel, Marine Delterme
What's it about?
Dreamy pharmacist Alice (Alice Taglioni) is totally obsessed with Woody Allen. She surrounds herself with images of him, continually quotes lines from his films and even prescribes her customers DVDs of his films to help alleviate their ailments. Alice's increasingly concerned family hopes to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but even he quickly realises that he's no match for the man of her dreams...

Watch: Alice Taglioni talks 'Paris Manhattan'

Be Cool
SBS VICELAND, 9pm

M
United States, 2005
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music
Director: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Danny DeVito, Dwayne Johnson, Cedric the Entertainer, Andre Benjamin, Vince Vaughn, Uma Thurman, James Woods, John Travolta, Harvey Keitel
What's it about?
John Travolta is back as Chili Palmer, the streetwise mobster-turned-movie-producer from Get Shorty. But this time Chili has abandoned the fickle movie industry and veered into the music business, tangling with Russian mobsters and gangsta rappers and taking a talented, feisty young singer named Linda Moon under his wing. From the recording studio to an Aerosmith concert to the MTV Music Awards, he manipulates events to watch them play out the Chili way, using his signature blend of wiseguy skills and negotiation tactics. It’s a dangerous business, and everyone’s looking for their next big hit…  

 

DiDi Hollywood
SBS VICELAND, 11.15pm

MA
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama 
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Bigas Luna
Starring: Elsa Pataky, Peter Coyote, Paul Sculfor, Giovanna Zacarías, Luis Hacha, Flora Martínez
What's it about?
A tale of big ambition and even bigger sacrifice from the Spanish expert on such things, Bigas Luna. This time around a smalltown girl follows her dreams for stardom all the way from Madrid to Hollywood (with a pit-stop in Miami), and finds the dream factory can be a nightmare unless you're willing to play the game. Elsa Pataky plays wannabe actress Diane, later fashioned into 'DiDi' on the advice of a smooth operator she takes on as her agent (Peter Coyote, living up to his surname).  In a series of risqué vignettes, DiDi learns to use her wits and wiles to get noticed. 

Tuesday 26 September 

The Orator
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

PG
Samoa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Samoan
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Fiaula Sanote, Ioata Tanielu, Salamasina Mataia, Tausili Pushparaj, Fa'afiaula Sagote
What's it about?
Small in stature and humble, Saili (Fiaula Sanote) lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves. The Orator is the first-ever Samoan language feature film .

The Orator: Tusi Tamasese interview
The Orator Review

 

Wednesday 27 September

Son of Babylon
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

PG, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, Kurdish
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Starring: Bashir Al Majid, Yasser Talib, Shazada Hussein
What's it about?
Northern Iraq, 2003. Two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy begrudgingly follows in the shadow of his grandmother who has heard that prisoners of war have been found alive in the south. She is determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed’s father, who never returned from the Gulf War. From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, the two of them hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims, on all-too-similar journeys. Struggling to understand his grandmother’s search, Ahmed follows in the forgotten footsteps of a father he never knew.

Son of Babylon Review

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
SBS VICELAND, 8.30pm 

M, 2000
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung, Pei-pei Cheng, Fa Zeng Li
What's it about?
Ang Lee's multi-award winning film is a wuxia epic that blends romance with complex martial arts action sequences. Two warriors (Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh) are prohibited from declaring their love for one another, and embark on a life-or-death adventure with a young princess (Zhang Ziyi) who has herself been ostracised for falling in love with an outlaw (Chang Chen).  

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review

Detective Dee: Mystery of Phantom Flame
SBS VICELAND, 10.45pm

M
China, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: Mandarin
Director: Hark Tsui
Starring: Tony Leung Ka Fai, Carina Lau, Chao Deng, Li Bingbing, Andy Lau
What's it about?
An exiled detective (Andy Lau) is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.

Bodkin Ras
SBS, 11.55pm

2017
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Director: Kaweh Modiri
Starring: Sohrab Bayat
What's it about?
A hybrid documentary in which an outsider on the run enters a small Scottish town with hopes of keeping his head down. Sohrab Bayat plays the title role, but he is the only actor. The other characters are inhabitants of Forres, who play themselves and whose striking life stories are incorporated into the script. 

Barney's Version
SBS, 1.20am (Thurs)

M
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti
What's it about?
Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti), a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus.

Why You Should Watch: Barney's Version

 

Thursday 28 September

The Secret of Kells
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

PG
Belgium, France, Ireland, 2009
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Starring: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally, Michael McGrath, Christen Mooney, Paul Tylak, Paul Young
What's it about?
Adventure awaits 12-year-old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest?

The Proposition
NITV, 9.30pm

MA15+
Australia, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime, Western
Language: English
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Tom Budge, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In the harsh outback of 1880s Australia, the brutal Burns brothers are wanted for a vicious crime. When Charlie Burns is captured, the officer arresting makes a startling proposition in order to end the cycle of violence: Charlie must hunt down and murder his violent older brother, in order to save his youngest brother from the noose.

Why You Should Watch: The Proposition
The Proposition Review

Bald Mountain
SBS, 12.10am 

MA 15+
Brazil, 2013
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Portuguese
Director: Heitor Dhalia
Starring: Wagner Moura, Matheus Nachtergaele, Sophie Charlotte, Juliano Cazarré, Júlio Andrade
What's it about?
Best friends Juliano (Juliano Cazarré) and Joaquin (Júlio Andrade) join the gold rush at Serra Pelada, Bald Mountain, a mountain town near the mighty Amazon river. As the town grows in numbers, it also sees an explosion in violent crime and pollution. Soon the friends' dreams of hitting the jack pot are shattered. 

 

 

Friday 29 September 

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants
SBS VICELAND, 12pm

G
Belgium, France, 2013
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Language: N/A
Director: Hélène Giraud, Thomas Szabo
Starring: Sarah Cohen-Hadria, Jean-Paul Guyon
What's it about?
In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a hastily abandoned picnic sparks a battle between two tribes of ants. A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle. He befriends the leader of the black ants, Mandible, and helps him save the anthill from the assault of the terrible red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor. A fantastic journey at ground level.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
SBS, 8.40pm

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2011
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: David Dencik, Toby Jones, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth
What's it about?
George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, is doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects – all experienced, urbane, successful agents – but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment"¦

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Tomas Alfredson interview
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Review

Betty Blue
SBS, 11.30pm

MA15+
France, 1986
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon
What's it about?
Betty Blue, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who becomes involved with Zorg, a repairman moonlighting as a writer. The two engage in a variety of sexual encounters, and grow more passionate toward each other. Betty finds Zorg’s book and is aggressively supportive; over time, her instability begins to catch up with her, leading to a grisly and shocking conclusion.

Quintessential French movie 'Betty Blue' is back

 

Saturday 30 September

Lupin the Third
SBS VICELAND, 8.30pm 

Japan, 2017
Genre: Action
Language: Japanese
Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Starring: Shun Oguri, Jerry Yan
What's it about?
The grandson of a legendary gentleman burglar assembles a team of thieves to steal a Cleopatra necklace from two parties - an ally-turned-rival, and an underworld tycoon.

The Guard

MA15+
Ireland, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Don Cheadle, Liam Cunningham, Mark Strong, Rory Keenan, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Three drug-dealers are planning to land half a billion dollars’ worth of cocaine off the west coast of Ireland. The only men standing in their way are a straight-laced FBI Agent Everett (Don Cheadle) and a hard-living Galway Guard (Brendan Gleeson).  A riotous buddy comedy that could only be made in Ireland, it rightly netted Gleeson an Oscar nomination.    

The Guard: John Michael McDonagh interview
The Guard: Crime comedy, Irish style
The Guard Review

 

Sunday 1 October

Flame and Citron
SBS VICELAND, 11.20pm

MA15+
Denmark, 2009
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: Danish
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Starring: Stine Stengade, Thure Lindhardt, Christian Berkel, Mads Mikkelsen
What's it about?
During the Nazi occupation, Flame and Citron are assassins in the Danish resistance and target important officials of the Third Reich. However, the game changes when the pair discover that their powerful boss may be using them to settle his own personal scores.

The Floating Lives
SBS, 12.20am

M
Vietnam, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Phan Quang Binh Nguyen
Starring: Do Thi Hai Yen, Tang Thanh Ha, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Dustin Nguyen
What's it about?
Mr Vo (Dustin Nguyen) and his two kids live a nomadic existence on a boat after he burned his house down along with all his memories after finding out his wife cheated on him. Leading a life in exile among the labyrinth canals of the Mekong, Mr Vo escapes not the Vietnam War but modern life itself and the materialism that he sees as the reason for his wife self-indulgence. It is only when Suong comes along (Do Thi Hai Yen), with her spiritual and physical healing that Mr Vo loses the hatred, distrust and coldness that had filled his cold heart.

 

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