When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS ONE, SBS 2 and On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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SBS Movies

11 Nov 2014 - 10:54 AM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2015 - 10:30 AM

Monday, 17 November

The Gift to Stalin

12:45am, SBS ONE
M
Russia
Director: Rustem Abdrashitov
Starring: Nurjuman Ikhtimbayev, Bakhtiar Khoja, Ekaterina Rednikova
What’s it about?
Set in Kazakhstan in 1949, during a time when minorities were forced to move to central Asia by the former Soviet government. Sashka, a young Jewish boy is being deported by train along with his grandfather. When his grandfather dies on the journey, Sashka is forced to get off the train with the body at a small village.

Reykjavik-Rotterdam

1:30am, SBS 2
MA+15
Iceland
Director: Óskar Jónasson
Voiced by: Baltasar Kormákur, Lilja Nótt Pórarinsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurosson
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
Ex-con Kristofer is stuck in a dull everyday routine, working as a security guard. Faced with money problems, he plans one last heist on a freighter to sort out his finances - but nothing goes according to plan.

 

Tuesday, 18 November

The Equation of Love and Death

12:10am, SBS ONE
M
China
Director: Cao Baoping 
Starring: Zhou Xun, Deng Chao, Zhang Hanyu
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
Li Mi, a Kunming cab driver, longs for the day she can be reunited with her boyfriend, who's been missing for four years. After a case of mistaken identity, a kidnapping, and a threat of extortion, Li Mi's dream may be on the cusp of becoming a reality. Winner of Best Actress (Zhou Xun) at the 2009 Asian Film Awards.

Bride Flight

1:30am, SBS 2
MA+15
Germany
Director: Ben Sombogaart 
Starring: Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
In 1953, four young people, three women and one man, form a life-long bond when they meet on the 'bride flight' from London to Christchurch, so-called because many of the passengers are Dutch women travelling to meet their fiancés in New Zealand. Nominated for Best Film at the 2009 Rembrandt Awards, Netherlands.

 

Wednesday, 19 November

Let the Right One In

10:35pm, SBS 2
MA+15
Sweden
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
Twelve-year-old Oskar is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar's life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt 12-year-old Eli. However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to put two and two together and realises Eli might just be exactly what she seems.

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Revanche

11:00pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Austria
Director: Götz Spielmann
Starring: Johannes Krisch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
Ex-con Alex plans to flee the city with his girlfriend after a bank robbery. But something terrible happens during the heist and revenge seems inevitable. Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of the CICAE Award at Berlin in 2008.

The Day God Walked Away

1:05am, SBS ONE
MA+15
France
Director: Philippe van Leeuw
Starring: Ruth Nirere, Lola Tuyaerts, Afazali Dewaele
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
A woman finds herself trapped in the midst of a brutal civil war with no way out in this drama inspired by actual events. Tensions between Tutsis and Hutus, the two principal ethnic groups in Rwanda, have been simmering for years when they finally explode in the spring of 1994. As roving bands of Hutus go on a murderous rampage, Jacqueline, a young Tutsi woman, is forced to hide in her employer's attic. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2009 Bratislava International Film Festival.

  

Thursday, 20 November

Seven Billiard Tables

1:45am, SBS 2
PG
Spain
Director: Gracia Querejeta
Starring: Maribel Verdú, Blanca Portillo, Jesús Castejón
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
An engaging drama about the fallout from the death of a billiard hall owner. Angela, a single mother, inherits her father's decrepit billiards hall and sets about restoring it to its former glory while dealing with old emotional wounds that have re-opened since returning home. Winner of the Best Screenplay and Silver Seashell awards at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival, and the 2008 Goya Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

Nikita

1:50am, SBS ONE
MA+15
France
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jeanne Moreau
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
Nikita, a punk-junkie sociopath is sentenced to life imprisonment for viciously and cold bloodedly killing a Parisian cop. At the eleventh hour she's given a second chance in the form of a choice, face the life sentence or become an assassin for the French Secret Service. Three gruelling years later, Nikita emerges as a glamorous highly trained assassin. Then she falls in love and realises that all she wants is out.

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Friday, 21 November

199 Tips to Be Happy

11:20pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Chile
Director: Andrés Waissbluth
Starring: Pablo Macaya, Tamara Garea, Andrea Garcia Huidobro
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
A young Chilean couple receives an unexpected visit from the girlfriend of the wife's deceased younger brother. As a love triangle forms between the visitor and her hosts, the couple begin to take stock of their lives, and look at what's making them so unhappy. The sweltering Barcelona sun sets the backdrop for director Andrés Waissbluth's sharp psychological insight into a couple's grief.

20th Century Boys: Chapter 2

1:10am, SBS ONE
MA+15
Japan
Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Starring: Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa
What’s it about?
The second part of this epic sci-fi fantasy trilogy continues in the year 2015. Kenji, the hero from the first film has been missing for 15 years and the evil Friend rules an apocalyptic vision of the world. Kenji’s niece, Kanna, is a high school student with a rebellious streak. But when a New Book of Prophesies surfaces, it appears that Kanna is the chosen one who has the power to defeat Friend's empire and reveal the fate of her uncle.

 

Saturday, 22 November

Margin Call

8:30pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
USA
Director: JC Chandor
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Expanding the parameters of genre, Margin Call is a riveting examination of the human components of a subject too often relegated to partisan issues of black and white.

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Sphinx

1:00am, SBS ONE
MA+15
France
Director: Nicolas Boukhrief
Starring: Cécile De France, Fred Testot, Julien Boisselier
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
During a night patrol that goes wrong, police officers Simon and Julie injure a young executive who has shot dead one of their team members for no apparent reason. Wrongly accused of a blunder and dismissed by their superiors, they decide to prove their innocence by carrying out an investigation into the drug responsible for their attacker's mad outburst.

Escort in Love

1:20am, SBS 2
M
Italy
Director: Massimiliano Bruno
Starring: Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova, Rocco Papaleo
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
Alice is a housewife in a posh part of Rome and a mother to nine-year-old son Filippo, enjoying a luxurious home and lifestyle. When her husband dies in a car accident she is left with a massive debt and the risk of losing her son. Desperate for cash and with no skills, Alice turns to the oldest profession in the world - prostitution.

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Sunday, 23 November

The Signal

11:10pm, SBS ONE
M
Argentina
Director: Ricardo Darín, Martín Hodara
Starring: Ricardo Darín, Diego Peretti, Julieta Díaz
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What’s it about?
A private eye's refusal to heed his business partner's advice not to aid a mysterious damsel-in-distress has dire consequences. Ricardo Darín is gruff and brooding as Corvalan, the thinking man's private eye, in this stylish film noir detective story set in the politically and passionately charged period of 1950s Argentina.

The Killer

1:00am, SBS ONE
M
France
Director: Cédric Anger
Starring: Gilbert Melki, Grégoire Colin, Mélanie Laurent
What’s it about?
A businessman, whose shady deals make him the mark of a contract killer, strikes a gentleman's agreement with the hit-man, who gives him a few extra days to organise a money fund for his wife and young daughter. 

Mancora

1:15am, SBS 2 
MA+15
Peru
Director: Ricardo de Montreuil
Starring: Jason Day, Elsa Pataky, Enrique Murciano
Available after broadcast on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Following his father's suicide and haunted by his inner demons and hatred for the world in general, 22-year-old Santiago decides to escape the crude Lima winter to take refuge in Mancora, a beach in the north of Peru where it is always summer. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, 2008.