• It's going to be a big week of movies across SBS. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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.
28 Jul 2017 - 4:49 PM  UPDATED 31 Jul 2017 - 9:44 AM

Monday 31 July

The Beast Stalker

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Thriller
Language: Cantonese
Director: Dante Lam
Starring: Nicholas Tse, Jingchu Zhang, Nick Cheung
What's it about?
The lives of three very different people are changed forever when hot-headed cop Tong accidentally kills a young girl and wounds a colleague while in pursuit of a gang leader. When the girl's surviving sister is kidnapped by the gang, Tong has a desperate shot at redemption. Winner of two Hong Kong Film Awards in 2009. 

Angel Heart

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 1987
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre, to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul.

Trader Games

10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Foreign
Language: French
Director: Fabrice Genestal
Starring: Gilles Lellouche, Vahina Giocante, Charles Berling, Michael Madsen, François Damiens
What's it about?
When hot young trader Erwan realises the work of Cybille, a climate researcher, applies to market fluctuations he takes a risk and begins to apply his theory at his job. But when his superiors don’t allow enough time to test it properly, he takes a huge loss and he is fired. With nothing to lose, and the help of Cybille, he launches his own company and starts to win very big. But how long will his fame and fortune last, before his bubble bursts?

Tuesday 1 August

The Jewel

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Andrea Molaioli
Starring: Toni Servillo, Remo Girone, Sarah Felberbaum
What's it about?
Based on Europe’s largest bankruptcy, Director Andrea Molaidi's film focuses on the human side of this story. When an agribusiness company’s founder places his closest relatives in key positions, despite the fact that they have little experience, what follows is gross corporate incompetence and fraud that ultimately leaves 100,000 investors with their money wiped out overnight. 

Viva Riva!

12:50AM, SBS

MA15+
Congo, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Djo Munga
Starring: Marlene Longange, Hoji Fortuna, Manie Malone, Patcha Bay
What's it about?
Riva is a small time criminal who has just returned to his hometown in the Congo with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. With wads of cash, Riva spends his time entranced by a beautiful girl he meets in a nightclub and escaping a relentless crime lord who is searching for his stolen gasoline. This vibrant film won awards around the world, and brings the city of Kinshasa to life on the screen as a mix of lawless shantytowns, bordellos and nightclubs. 

White Night Wedding

2:35AM, SBS

M
Iceland, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: Icelandic, English
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, Laufey Elíasdóttir
What's it about?
As middle-aged professor Jon prepares to tie the knot with a student half his age, events conspire against him. His future mother-in-law is vehemently opposed to the marriage, his first wife won’t get off his back, and his best man is never sober for long. Jon begins to question whether love is enough. Winner of seven Icelandic Edda Awards in 2008, including Best Film. 

Wednesday 2 August

Gorbaciof

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Italian
Director: Stefano Incerti
Starring: Toni Servillo, Mi Yang, Geppy Gleijeses, Gaetano Bruno
What's it about?
Gorbaciof works as a cashier at the Poggioreale prison in Naples. In his spare time he likes to play cards and begins frequenting a high-stakes poker game regularly staged by the proprietor of a Chinese restaurant. Gorbaciof soon finds himself falling for the restaurateur's daughter Lila and when her dad runs into financial trouble, Gorbaciof is willing to help. 

The Monkey King 2

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, China, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: Chinese
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Aaron Kwok, Li Gong, Shaofeng Feng
What's it about?
Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world.

The Crow

8:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 1994
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Action
Language: English
Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Ernie Hudson, Bai Ling, Rochelle Davis
What's it about?
Exactly one year after young rock guitarist Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, Draven - watched over by a hypnotic crow - returns from the grave to exact revenge.

The Crow movie review

Food and Shelter

11:00PM, SBS

M
Spain, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Juan Miguel del Castillo
Starring: Natalia de Molina, Mariana Cordero, Montse Torrent, Natalia Roig, Mercedes Hoyos, Manuel Tallafé, Vidal Sancho, Gaspar Campuzano
What's it about?
Rocío is an unemployed single mother, who has difficulties meeting her daily food needs. She struggles to lead a normal life in fear of losing custody of Adrian, her eight-year-old son. But the situation gets worse when the owner of the flat she’s renting, reports her to the police for non-payment of the rent. Now time is against her and a solution appears impossible. 

On Tour

12:45AM, SBS

M
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Mathieu Amalric
Starring: Pierre Grimblat, Julie Ferrier, Angela de Lorenzo, Alexander Craven, Miranda Colclasure, Anne Benoét, Mathieu Amalric
What's it about?
Joachim, a hapless entrepreneur, leaves his friends and family to start a new life in the USA, only to return to France with a troupe of neo-burlesque performers. Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this French comedy-drama, which won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, including Best Director. 

On Tour Review

Thursday 3 August

The Concert

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, Italy, Romania, Belgium, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: French, Russian
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Starring: Valeriy Barinov, Dmitri Nazarov, Aleksei Guskov, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Thirty years ago, Andrei Filipov, the world-renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a cleaner, he learns by accident of an invitation for the orchestra to perform in Paris. Andrei decides to reunite fifty-five former musicians in order to masquerade as the Bolshoi and play the concert in France. 

The Concert Review

Beneath Clouds

9:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Arthur Dignam, Kevin Pitt, Judy Duncan, Athol French, Mundurra Weldon, Simon Swan, Jenna Lee Connors, Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt
What's it about?
Winner of the 2002 AFI and IF Award for Best Director and Best Cinematography, this film tells the story of Lena, the daughter of an Aboriginal mother and an Irish father; and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw the pair together and with no money or transport, they find themselves relying on each other in order to achieve their personal journeys. To Lena, Vaughn represents the life she is running away from and Vaughn, believes Lena embodies the society that has rejected him. 

Beneath Clouds: A superb Australian film

Little White Lies

12:20AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Gilles Lellouche, François Cluzet, Benoét Magimel, Marion Cotillard
What's it about?
When charismatic party man Ludo leaves a Paris nightclub one evening, he is involved in a car accident that leaves him comatose in hospital. He’s visited by his group of long-time friends, who decide the crash shouldn’t stop them from embarking on their long-awaited summer vacation. Once the group of families and friends arrive at the holiday house, tensions begin to fray and underlying passions and truths come to the surface. 

Little White Lies review

Friday 4 August

The Matrimony

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2007
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Foreign
Language: Chinese
Director: Hua-Tao Teng
Starring: Fan Bingbing, Leon Lai Ming, René Liu, Songzi Xu
What's it about?
In this luxuriant, supernatural thriller - the winner of two Golden Horse Awards - set against the rich backdrop of 1930s Shanghai, Junchu, a talented young cinematographer, is forced to marry the hapless Sansan after his true love, Manli, is killed in a freak accident. When Sansan discovers a mysterious locked door in their attic, Junchu forbids her to enter. But her curiosity soon gets the better of her and upon discovering the contents of the room, Sansan is compelled to make a pact she will never forget. 

The Legend of Sarila

7:30PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2013
Genre: Animation
Language: English
Director: Nancy Florence Savard
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Dustin Milligan
What's it about?
In 1910 Far North, the sudden disappearance of local animals leaves an Inuit community on the brink of famine. In defiance of the clan shaman Kilik (voiced by Christopher Plummer), three young Inuits and their adorable lemming sidekick set off in search of Sarila, a promised land said to be rich in fish, game and fruit, in order to save their clan from starvation.

Don Jon

9:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA
United States, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson
What's it about?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Jon, a man who, although dedicated to his friends, family, church and girlfriend (played by Scarlett Johansson), suffers from intimacy issues due to his addiction to pornography. When he meets Esther (Julianne Moore) through adult education, he begins to recognise his issues.  

The Skin I Live In

10:40PM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet
What's it about?
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Winner of the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Film Not in the English Language.

The Skin I Live In: Elena Anaya interview
Why You Should Watch: The Skin I Live In

Saturday 5 August

Ex Machina

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2015
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson
What's it about?
An award-winning and critically acclaimed intense psychological thriller, from acclaimed writer and director Alex Garland (writer of 28 Days Later), Ex Machina is a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence. In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle - a love triangle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine.

Ex Machina review: A stealthy gender inquiry

No Country for Old Men

10:15PM, SBS

MA15+
United States, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson
What's it about?
In the desolate country near the Rio Grande, hunter Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. Desperate to improve his circumstances, he acts on impulse and takes a briefcase containing $2 million in cash from the crime scene. His actions make him the target of deadly bounty hunter, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem). Best Picture winner, 2007 Academy Awards.

No Country for Old Men: Will have you on the edge of your seat.

Soylent Green

10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
United States, 1973 
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Charlon Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Edward G. Robinson
What's it about?
Academy Award winner Charlton Heston stars as Thorn, the last honest detective on the undermanned police force in New York, 2022 AD, who investigates the brutal member of a prominent member of the Soylent Company, manufacturers of artificial nourishment. During the course of his probe, Thorn discovers the horrifying main ingredient of the mass-produced food. Caught between personal integrity, the quest for justice and knowledge that could lead to the death of millions, will Thorn expose the deadly secret?

RoboGeisha

12:25AM, SBS

MA15+
Japan, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi
Language: Japanese
Director: Noboru Iguchi
Starring: Naoto Takenaka, Aya Kiguchi, Hitomi Hasebe, Takumi Saitô
What's it about?
Shy Yoshie (Aya Kiguchi) plays second-fiddle to her big sister Kikue (Hitomi Hasebe), a popular hostess at the local geisha house. Both women fall under the sway of Hikaru Kageno (Takumi Saitô), heir to a valuable steel company, who has developed an insane but ingenious secret plan to turn geishas into high-tech robotic assassins in a bid to destroy Japan.

The Arbiter

2:15AM, SBS

M
Estonia, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Kadri Kõusaar
Starring: Lee Ingleby, Lina Leandersson, Andrea Lowe, Sofia Berg-Böhm, Tony Aitken
What's it about?
John is a bright cambridge scientist, who lives a life of intellectual isolation but has always come across as a pleasant fellow. When his girlfriend leaves him, he re-enters the real world in order to experiment with some of his long-gestating theories on how to make the world a better place. He journeys through the English countryside accompanied by his 14-year-old donor child Ronja, whom he tries to convert to the same radical ideas that he believes in. Murder. Elimination. Cleansing: all justifiable in the mind of a modern day European Psycho.

Sunday 6 August

Snow Monkey

SBS, 11:55PM

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: War, Documentary
Language: English, Pashto
Director: George Gittoes
What's it about?
One of Australia's greatest photojournalists goes on a riveting first-hand journey through an Afghanistan never seen on the news. For almost 50 years, activist artist George Gittoes has stood on the frontlines of the world's most brutal conflicts and borne witness to the best and worst of humanity. Now living in Afghanistan's remote, Taliban-ruled Jalalabad province, Gittoes turns his attention to the lives of the children and outcasts of this war-torn land, focusing on three gangs of children: the Ghostbusters, the Snow Monkeys, and the Gangsters.