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23 Mar 2015 - 1:53 PM  UPDATED 7 Apr 2015 - 9:13 AM

Monday, 30 March

Electrick Children

8:30pm, SBS 2
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M
USA, 2012
Director: Rebecca Thomas
Starring: Julia Garner, Liam Aiken, Billy Zane
What's it about?
A young Mormon virgin awakens to find herself inexplicably pregnant after secretly listening to a forbidden tape of The Nerves' classic hit 'Hanging on the Telephone'. Facing shame in her community and a forced marriage, Rachel flees and, accompanied by her stern cousin, hits the road to Las Vegas in search of the singer on the tape - the man she is convinced has made her pregnant through music. 

The Tree of Life

10:15pm, SBS 2
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PG
USA, 2010
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
What's it about? 
Director Terrence Malick traces the evolution of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy love and mercy (from his mother), to his introduction to the 'ways of the world' (from his father). Each parent contends for his allegiance, and the boy must reconcile their claims. His experience of the world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth as he seeks unselfish love.

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Ah! The Libido

2:50am, SBS 2
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M
France, 2009
Director: Michèle Rosier
Starring: Audrey Dana, Claude Degliame, Sarah Grappin
What's it about? 
Four women, all journalists for a French daily newspaper, make a pact on one of their regular lunch catch ups to satisfy their curiosities and visit a male prostitute - and then regather to compare notes.

 

Tuesday, 31 March

Satanas

12:15am, SBS ONE

MA+15
Columbia, 2007
Director: Andrés Baiz
Starring: Damián Alcázar, Blas Jaramillo, Marcela Mar
What's it about?
Inspired by true events, the film tells three interconnected stories that occur on the eve of the infamous 1986 Pozzetto Massacre in Colombia, where a Vietnam veteran killed 29 people after pulling a gun in a crowded restaurant. Colombia's entry for the 2007 Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Twice Upon a Time

1:50am, SBS 2

M
France, 2006
Director: Antoine de Caunes
Starring: Jean Rocherfort, Charlotte Rampling, James Thiérrée
What's it about?
Charlotte Rampling and Jean Rochefort star in this César-nominated comedy as the darlings of 1970s French cinema forced to reunite after 30 years apart, having gone to extreme lengths to avoid each other since their abrupt separation. Also stars Isabelle Nanty and James Thiérrée (Charlie Chaplin's grandson) in his César-nominated Most Promising Actor performance.

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Wednesday, 1 April

Dredd

8:30pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
USA, 2012
Director: Pete Travis
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey 
What's it about?
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. 

Oldboy

10:15pm, SBS 2
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MA+15
South Korea, 2004
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Choi Min-shik, Yu Ji-tae, Gang Hye-jeong
What's it about?
After being kidnapped, Oh Dae-Su spends 15 years locked up in a shabby hotel room, during which time he learns he has been framed for his wife's murder. Upon his release, he sets out to find who imprisoned him and why. Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes in 2004.

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The Stranger in Me

11:55pm, SBS ONE

M
Germany, 2008
Director: Emily Atef
Starring: Susanne Wolff, Johann von Bulow, Maren Kroymann
What's it about?
A time of joy and new beginnings becomes a harrowing experience for new mother Rebecca as she struggles with severe post-natal depression. And with every day that passes, her inability to meet the demands of motherhood becomes more and more apparent. Winner of Best Film at the 32nd Sao Paulo International Film Festival.

Teza

1:45am, SBS ONE
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M
Ethiopia/Germany/France, 2007
Director: Haike Gerima
Starring: Aaron Arefe, Abiye Tedla, Takelech Beyene
What's it about?
As students in Germany in the 1970s, Anberber and his friends are Ethiopian intellectuals in exile. Motivated by a profound sense of idealism, they return to Ethiopia after Haile Selassie is deposed. But they quickly find that they are out of place in their own country and at odds with the political mood of the day. When Anberber returns to Germany, he finds that he is not accepted there either.

 

Thursday, 2 April

King of the Hill

1:45am, SBS 2

MA+15
Spain, 2007
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Starring: Leonardo Sbaraglia, María Valverde, Thomas Riordan
What's it about?
Someone is shooting unsuspecting drivers from a remote mountaintop in this harrowing wilderness thriller. On his way to patch things up with his ex-girlfriend, Quim meets the beautiful and enigmatic Bea at an isolated petrol station, unaware they will both face a terrible ordeal at the hands of an unscrupulous sniper. Winner of the Festival Trophy at Screamfest in 2008.

 

Friday, 3 April

My Awkward Sexual Adventure

11:00pm, SBS ONE
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MA+15
Canada, 2012
Director: Sean Garrity
Starring: Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Sarah Manninen
What's it about?
To win back his ex-girlfriend, a conservative accountant enlists the help of an exotic dancer to guide him on a quest of sexual experience, leading him into a world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlours, cross-dressing and S&M.

 

Saturday, 4 April

Apocalypse Now Redux

8:30pm, SBS ONE

MA+15
USA, 1979
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
What's it about?
Francis Ford Coppola's ground-breaking masterpiece follows the central character, U.S. Army special operations officer Captain Benjamin L. Willard, on a mission to kill the renegade and presumed insane U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

12:15am, SBS ONE
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MA+15
USA, 1991
Director: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
Starring: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando
What's it about?
This documentary chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's war movie masterpiece Apocalypse Now (1979), was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems, which nearly destroyed the life and career of the celebrated director.

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The Mermaid

1:40am, SBS 2

MA+15
Russia, 2007
Director: Anna Melikyan
Starring: Masha Shalaeva, Yevgeni Tsyganov, Maria Sakova
What's it about?
A modern rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's story The Little Mermaid. Winner of the Directing Award at Sundance in 2008, this is a tender Amélie-like story about a young girl who grows up believing she has the power to make wishes come true.

 

Sunday, 5 April

Monty Python's Life of Brian

 
M
UK, 1979
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
In this Monty Python's scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood’s depiction of all things biblical, Brian (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah, rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions and crucifixion. 

The Strength of Water

 
MA+15
New Zealand, 2009
Director: Armagan Ballantyne
Starring: Isaac Barber, Hato Paparoa, Melanie Mayall-Nahi
What's it about?
Soon after a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated town on the rugged coast of New Zealand, 10-year-old twins, Kimi and Melody, are forced apart by a tragic accident. Kimi must find the strength to deal with his loss. Nominated for Best Children's Feature Film at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

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Welcome to the Sticks

11:15pm, SBS ONE 
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PG
France, 2008
Director: Dany Boon
Starring: Dany Boon, Kad Merad, Zoé Félix
What's it about?
Philippe Abrams helps run the post office in a picturesque small town in the south of France. His wife Julie has been down in the dumps, and he thinks one way to lift her spirits would be to relocate to the more glamorous surroundings of the Cote d'Azur. However, Philippe's attempts to scam a transfer fail, and he ends up demoted to a distant village in the far north. A hugely popular comedy that broke all box-office records in France.

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Death Row (Part 1/4)

 
M
Germany, 2012
Director: Werner Herzog
What's it about?
In this four-part series, internationally renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog embarks on a dialogue with five prisoners on Texas' death row - four men and one women - and lets them tell their stories. In the first episode, Herzog talks to James Barnes. Sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Barnes had already spent eight years behind bars when he confessed to a previous murder of a young woman. He had broken into her apartment with the intention to rape and kill her.