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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19 Jan 2015 - 12:13 PM  UPDATED 2 Feb 2015 - 11:12 AM

Monday, 26 January

Once Upon a Time in Rio

12:10am, SBS ONE
M
Brazil
Director: Breno Silveira
Starring: Cyria Coentro, Rodrigo Costa, Vitória Frate
What's it about? 
An epic tale about two star-crossed lovers living on opposite ends of Rio de Janiero's two-tiered society. Young Dé lives with his mother Bernadette in a cramped Cantagalo slum apartment, selling hot dogs on the beach in order to make the rent. One day, while working on the beach, he meets Nina, the only child of a successful lawyer.

Sissi (Part 1)

1:15am, SBS 2
G
Austria
Director: Ernst Marischka
Starring: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Bohm, Magda Schneider
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about? 
This film catapulted Romy Schneider into the international film scene. She stars as Princess Elisabeth, known as Sissi, who captivates the young Emperor of Austria, Francis Joseph. His domineering mother, Archduchess Sophie, has made plans for him to marry his cousin Princess Helene, but as fate would have it, he meets Sissi instead and is charmed by the vivacious princess who prefers fishing to courtly receptions.

 

Tuesday, 27 January

The Serpent

11:50pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
France
Director:
 Eric Barbier
Starring:
 Yvan Attal, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Richard
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Fashion photographer Vincent stands to lose his family after he is falsely accused of rape by a sexy lingerie model. Seemingly coincidentally, a conniving old school friend, Plender, appears at just the right time to help Vincent out. But what does his former classmate really want from Vincent? Is it something much more than money?

Three Colours: Red

12:55am, SBS 2
M
France
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Irène Jacob, Samuel Le Bihan, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In Geneva, a young model named Valentine meets a retired judge whose hobby is to listen in on his neighbours' phone calls. One of the people he eavesdrops on is Karin, whose boyfriend happens to live across the cross from Valentine. Valentine's boyfriend is a law student whose life has strong parallels with that of the snoopy retired judge. Dealing with concerns of French societal concerns, the film suggests that people's lives are mysteriously interlinkedand that only fate governs them.

The Chaser

2:00am, SBS ONE
MA+15
South Korea
Director:
 Na Hong-jin
Starring:
 Kim Yoon-suk, Ha Jung-woo, Seo Yeong-hee
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
An ex-cop turned pimp is in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now. A gritty Korean thriller based on a true story.

 

Wednesday, 28 January

Red Dawn

8:30pm, SBS 2
M
USA
Director: John Milius
Starring: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.

See article: SBS 2: 80s Retromania Double Bills Season

River's Edge

10:15pm, SBS 2
MA+15
USA
Director: Tim Hunter
Starring: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
A high school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to his friends. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

See article: SBS 2: 80s Retromania Double Bills Season

Footnote

11:00pm, SBS ONE
PG
Israel
Director: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Winner of the 2011 Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival, Footnote is a turbulent tale about family, success and the power of language. Ezekiel is a grizzled and unpopular professor whose life’s dream to win the Israel Prize has seemingly been dashed from him. Uriel is his bright young son, whose work is consistently awarded and recognised around the country. One day Ezekiel receives a phone call saying he has won the Israel Prize and is ecstatic, but it is later revealed to Uriel that his father was mistaken called and he is the actual winner. Uriel must decide whether to dash his father’s dreams once more, or let him live a lie.

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Amores Perros

12:55am, SBS ONE
MA+15
Mexico
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Emilio Echevarria, Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo
What's it about?
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at 2001 Oscars and winner of more than 60 international awards, this breakthrough film for Mexican cinema follows a saga of unrelated people representing the harsh socio-economic extremes of Mexico City.

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Outbound

1:15am, SBS 2
MA+15
Romania
Director: Bogdan George Apetri
Starring: Ana Ularu, Mimi Branescu, Andi Vasluianu
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Matilda is halfway through a five year sentence for a crime she didn’t commit. With day release to attend her mother’s funeral, she has a 24 hour window to try and get help from her family, persuade her former lover to cough up the money he owes her and locate her abandoned son. With a ticking clock keeping tensions high, she must make it to the coast to the boat that is waiting to help her escape. Winner of four Romanian Gopos Awards.

 

Thursday, 29 January

Amal

11:55pm, SBS ONE
M
Canada
Director: Richie Mehta
Starring: Rupinder Nagra, Naseeruddin Shah, Seema Biswas
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
When humble autorickshaw driver Amal is unknowingly left a vast inheritance by a wealthy former passenger, the late millionaire's scheming family do everything in their power to prevent the transaction going through. Nominated for six Canadian Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture.

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The Best Fortress

1:50am, SBS ONE
MA+15
Russia
Director: Aleksandr Kott
Starring: Aleksey Kopashov, Andrey Merzlikin, Pavel Derevyanko
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
This thrilling film shows the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress, which was attacked during the first strike of German invaders on June 22 1941. Many years later, veteran Alexander Akimov recalls the first days of the battle, when he, then a 15 year old, was deeply in love with the beautiful Anya and suddenly found himself in the middle of the bloody events of war.

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Friday, 30 January

Pulp Fiction

8:30pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
USA
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
In this Quentin Tarantino cult classic, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace; his actress wife, Mia; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge, master fixer Winston Wolfe and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" and "Honey Bunny".

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Watch interviews with Tarantino and cast at 1994 Cannes Festival
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See article SBS ONE: Tarantino season

Young and Wild

11:40pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Spain
Director: Marialy Rivas
Starring: Alicia Rodríguez, Aline Küppenheim, María Gracia Omegna
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Seventeen-year-old Daniela is obsessed with sex. But her lifestyle is in direct conflict with her well-to-do, strict evangelical family in Santiago, Chile. She finds an outlet by detailing her naughty ruminations and exploits on her blog "Young & Wild" to her eager online followers. She dates handsome and pious Tomas, but maybe Antonia, the really cute girl at work, is more her speed. As she struggles to balance both relationships, Daniela learns that having it all - sex, love and eternal salvation - is more complicated than she ever imagined.

MR 73

1:20am, SBS ONE
MA+15
France
Director: Olivier Marchal
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Olivia Bonamy, Catherine Marchal
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
The discredited and alcoholic Detective Schneider, a washed-up Marseilles cop, earns a chance at redemption by protecting a woman from the man who killed her parents as he is about to be released from prison.

 

Saturday, 31 January

Asterix and Obelix in Britain 

6:00pm, SBS 2
PG
France
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Catherine Deneuve
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Edouard Baer and Gerard Depardieu star as comic book duo Asterix and Obelix in this zany adventure, which sees Asterix cross the channel to help his second-cousin Anticlimax face Caesar and Romans.

See article: SBS 2: Family movies: Asterix & Obelix

The English Patient

8:30pm, SBS ONE
M
USA
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. Winner of nine Oscar Awards.

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Watch interview with Anthony Minghella and Saul Zaentz
See article: SBS ONE: Oscar Season

City of Men

11:00pm, SBS 2
M
Brazil
Director: Paulo Morelli
Starring: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen
What's it about?
Best friends Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas. Nominated for a 2008 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize for Best Special Effects.

Heartbreaker

11:20pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
France
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Starring: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, François Damiens
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Alex and his sister run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man to break up the wedding of his daughter. The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. Nominated for five César Awards in 2011, including Best Film.

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Kandahar

3:30am, SBS ONE
PG
Iran
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Starring: Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Ike Ogut
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
A visually magnificent, but emotionally horrifying view of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. An Afghani-born Canadian resident goes to Afghanistan in the midst of war in search of her suicidal sister. Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes in 2001, and nominated for the Palme d’Or.

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Sunday, 1 February

George Harrison: In a Material World (Part 2) 

8:30pm, SBS ONE
M
USA
Director: Martin Scorsese
Featuring: Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart
What's it about?
Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison's life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. With never before seen or heard footage, this documentary offers a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

Hollywood Shuffle

9:30pm, NITV
M
USA
Directors: Robert Townsend
Starring: Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson, Helen Martin
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
A comedy film about the racial stereotypes of African Americans in film and television. The film tracks the attempts of Bobby Taylor to become a successful actor.

See article: NITV: Blaxploitation Movie Season

Bride Flight

11:25pm, SBS ONE
MA+15
Netherlands
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.

Fighter

1:10am, SBS 2
M
Denmark
Director: Natasha Arthy
Starring: Semra Turan, Nima Nabipour, Cyron Bjorn Melville
Watch now on SBS On Demand
What's it about?
Aicha, a high school student, is a passionate kung fu fighter. Her Turkish parents expect her to get good grades so she can get into medical school, like her brother Ali. But school doesn't inspire her. Defying her family, Aicha starts secretly training at a professional, co-ed kung fu club. Nominated for three 2008 Bodil Awards, including Best Film.

Ajami

1:40am, SBS ONE
MA+15
Germany/Israel
Director: Scandar Copti
Starring: Fouad Habash, Ibrahim Frege, Shahir Kabaha
What's it about?
This Cannes award winner and Oscar-nominated film presents life in the impoverished and dangerous neighborhood of Ajami where Jews, Christians and Muslims live and work together on a knife's edge of religious tension.

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