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17 Dec 2015 - 1:12 PM  UPDATED 4 Jan 2016 - 6:02 PM

Monday 21 December

Café de Flore

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Canada/France, 2012
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Evelyne Brochu, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Vanessa Paradis
What's it about?
A love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love.

Café de Flore: Jean-Marc Vallée interview
Café de Flore Review
SBS 2: Around the World in Eight Movies

Soul Kitchen

10:45pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
Germany, 2009
Director: Fatih Akin
Starring: Pheline Roggan, Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Áœnel
What's it about?
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, this upbeat comedy follows the antics of hapless Greek-German schnitzel joint owner, Zinos Kazantsakis. Zinos must deal with the daily demands of his eccentric clientele, convince his surly chef to stay the course, and baby-sit his jail-bird brother, all the while under pressure from his girlfriend and nosey government officials.

Soul Kitchen: Fatih Akin interview
Fatih Akin shows his fun side in Soul Kitchen
Soul Kitchen Review
SBS 2: Around the World in Eight Movies

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

12:00am, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
Brazil, 2010
Director: José Padilha
Starring: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Irandhir Santos
What's it about?
Elite Squad 2 continues the 2007 original’s semi-fictional story of the Special Police Squad in Rio de Janeiro, and the difficulties between crime-fighting and politics. Lt. Colonel Roberto Nascimento leads the team against corrupt police officers and drug dealers between the favelas and the highest tiers of government.

 

Tuesday 22 December

Bit of Black Business

8:30pm, NITV
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
Australia, 2008
Directors: various
What's it about?
Bit of Black Business is 13 five-minute short dramas that represent the outrageous, courageous, mysterious, simple, straight-forward and complex nature of being part of the Indigenous community today.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

12:40am, SBS

M
Finland, 2012
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Per Christian Ellefsen, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela
What's it about?
This darkly hilarious Christmas tale follows the capture of Santa during an archaeological dig in the depths of Finland’s mountains. But this is a murderous Santa, and his psychotic elves are determined to free him.

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

1:50am, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
Japan, 2009
Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu
Starring: Yukie Kawamura, Takumi Saitô, Eri Otoguro
What's it about?
Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate, laced with her blood, he is then catapulted into Monami's vampire world of blood, death and love. Jilted girlfriend Keiko has other ideas. With a sudden twist of fate, she is then transformed into the hideous and unforgiving Frankenstein Girl, and the battle for Mizushima's heart begins.

 

Wednesday 23 December

Prince of Darkness

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 1987
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Victor Wong
What's it about?
Father Loomis is a priest who discovers a strange object in a church basement - a canister filled with a volatile green substance. With the help of physics Professor Birack and his students, Loomis finds that it is in fact nothing less than the spirit of Satan.

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Here comes the Devil...

Crossroads

10:25pm, SBS 2

M
USA, 1986
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca, Tim Russ
What's it about?
Ralph Macchio stars as Eugene Martone, a classic guitar student obsessed with blues. He tracks down a blues legend, Willie Brown, who tells him he'll help him find Robert Johnson's lost song, in exchange of getting Brown out of his nursing home. The deal is done, and the master and his apprentice embark on a journey across the Mississipi Delta.

SBS 2 Movie Mayhem: Here comes the Devil...

 

Thursday 24 December

Jump

11:05pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
UK, 2012
Director: Kieron J. Walsh
Starring: Nichola Burley, Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna
What's it about?
Jump follows the lives of four twenty-somethings whose lives collide one fateful New Year's Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry, Northern Ireland in a night of fast talk, accidents and intrigue. Johnny, a small time crook and Marie, a dissatisfied shop assistant, are both looking for a fresh start. Greta is on the verge of taking her own life and Pearse has a bounty on his head for asking difficult questions about his missing brother Eddie.

A Christmas Tale

1:10am, SBS

MA15+
France, 2009
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Paul Roussillon
What's it about?
The Vuillard family's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmas time reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan?

 

Friday 25 December

Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra

7:30pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

PG
France/Germany, 2002
Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Monica Bellucci, Alain Chabat
What's it about?
Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra. Monica Bellucci joins Gérard Depardieu in the second madcap, live-action movie based on the much-loved French comic strip. A French blockbuster with lush visuals and impressive special effects. Riotous, silly fun.

SBS: Family Movies Season

The Wiz

7:30pm, NITV

PG
USA, 1978
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Richard Pryor
What's it about?
A Thanksgiving dinner brings a host of family together in a Harlem apartment, where a 24-year-old schoolteacher named Dorothy Gale lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Extremely introverted, she has, as Aunt Em teases her, "never been south of 125th Street", and refuses to move out and on with her life.

Beauty and the Beast

9:20pm, SBS
Watch now at SBS On Demand

M
France, 2014
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier
What's it about?
In this adaptation of the classic fairy tale, an unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter of a merchant offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted. 

SBS 2: All-Ages Adventures

Ip Man: The Final Fight

9:30pm, SBS 2
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

M
Hong Kong/China, 2013
Director: Herman Yau
Starring: Anthony Wong, Anita Yuen, Gillian Chung
What's it about?
In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, he has no choice but to fight one last time.

 

Saturday 26 December

Asterix And Obelix Vs Caesar

6:00pm, SBS 2
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

PG
France, 1999
Director: Claude Zidi
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier
What's it about?
A madcap, big budget live-action version of the much-loved comic. Caesar himself decides to investigate the village when they do not pay their taxes. Non-stop fun with an all-star cast.

SBS 2: All-Ages Adventures

The Orator

7:30pm, NITV
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

PG
New Zealand, 2011
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Fiaula Sanote, Ioata Tanielu, Salamasina Mataia
What's it about?
Marginalised at the outskirts of the village, Saili lives quietly with his wife and teenage daughter until her brother Poto arrives unexpectedly and demands she return to her family. With his neighbours encroaching on his land and his family threatened, Saili is forced to defy expectations and discover the depth and strength of his love for his wife and family.

The Orator: Tusi Tamasese interview
The Orator Review

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

8:30pm, SBS

M
UK, 2007
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. 

Elizabeth: The Golden Age Review
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Review
SBS: Cate Blanchett season

 

Sunday 27 December

Cry Freedom

9:30pm, NITV

M
UK, 1987
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton, Kate Hardie
What's it about?
South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend the black activist Steve Biko.

Seduced and Abandoned

10:50pm, SBS 
Watch it now at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 2013
Director: James Toback
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain
What's it about?
Follow actor Alec Baldwin and director James Toback on their journey to raise financing for their next feature film at the Cannes Festival. A funny look behind the curtain at modern movie-deal making, this documentary provides a unique insight on the bittersweet relationship filmmakers have with Cannes and the film business.

Seduced and Abandoned Review

Women Without Men

2:25am, SBS 2

M
Germany/Austria, 2009
Director: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Starring: Mina Azarian, Navíd Akhavan, Shabnam Toloui
What's it about?
This powerful film is set against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 American-backed coup, where a democratically elected government was replaced by the dictatorship of the Shah. ‘Women Without Men’ follows four women, from different families and classes, as their lives come together. Following hardships at home they meet at one woman’s orchard, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

Women Without Men Review

 

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