• Left to right: Kung Fu Hustle, Jedda, Notes on a Scandal, 2001: A Space Odyssey (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.
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21 Aug 2017 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2017 - 11:58 AM

Monday 21 August

The Solitude of Prime Numbers

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Saverio Costanzo
Starring: Luca Marinelli, Alba Rohrwacher, Isabella Rossellini
What's it about?
Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name, The Solitude of Prime Numbers traces two decades in the lives of the emotionally scarred Mattia (Luca Marinelli) and Alice (Alba Rohrwacher) – from the formative traumas of their childhood to the shared loneliness of their adult existence. Essentially isolated, and knowing the other is likewise estranged, Alice and Mattia are ill-suited for romance, yet inexorably attracted to each other.

Biutiful

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND (repeats Saturday Aug 26th, 2:15AM on SBS)

MA15+
Spain, Mexico, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Javier Bardem, Eduard Fernández, Maricel Alvarez
What's it about?
This is the journey of Uxbal (Javier Bardem, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life’s corridors, whether bright, bad – or biutiful. From two-time Academy Award-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (BirdmanThe Revenant).

Bardem plays Biutiful on and off-screen
Biutiful Review

Tuesday 22 August

Shameless

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Czech Republic, 2000
Genre: Comedy
Language: Czech, Hungarian, Slovak
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Starring:  Simona Babcáková, Petr Ctvrtnícek, Nina Divísková
What's it about?
Oskar (Jiri Machacek) is a television weatherman who, after years of happy marriage to radio host Zuzana (Simona Babcakova), decides he wants a younger woman and takes up with their Hungarian housekeeper (Eva Kerekesova). It doesn't take long for Zuzana to find out about Oskar's infidelity, and to no one's surprise he is kicked out of the house. Directed by Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall).

Welcome To The South

12:25AM, SBS

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Luca Miniero
Starring: Alessandro Siani, Claudio Bisio, Angela Finocchiaro
What's it about?
Frustrated postal manager Alberto (Claudio Bisio) is looking for a transfer to the city of his dreams, Milano. He concocts an elaborate ruse to force the hand of management but it backfires and for his penance, he is demoted with a posting to a backwater in the south. This comedy of errors confronts prejudices, in the vein of French fish-out-of-water hit, Welcome To The Sticks.

Satudarah - One Blood

2:25AM, SBS

M
Netherlands, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: Dutch
Director: Joost van der Valk, Mags Gavan
What's it about?
The notorious Satudarah are the Netherlands' most violent and feared biker gang. Founded in Moordrecht in 1990, the gang has grown from humble roots into an international conglomerate, linked with worldwide drug trafficking, extortion and murder. This fascinating documentary drives right to the heart of this secret criminal underworld, exposing the strict rituals and traditions that govern this most violent of brotherhoods.

Wednesday 23 August

The Blacks

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Croatia, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, War
Language: Croatian
Director: Zvonimir Juric, Goran Devic
Starring: Ivo Gregurevic, Kresimir Mikic, Franjo Dijak, Rakan Rushaidat, Niksa Butijer, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic
What's it about?
With the Bosnian war over, a team of Croatian special forces soldiers continue their physical and emotional battle when they determine to retrieve the bodies of their comrades from a minefield, blowing up a dam in the process. Croatia's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards. 

Kung Fu Hustle

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2005
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Feng Xiaogang, Wah Yuen, Zhi Hua Dong, Kwok-Kwan Chan, Chi Chung Lam, Siu-Lung Leung
What's it about?
In a Shanghai slum nicknamed Pig Sty Alley, residents and business owners cower in the presence of a cruel landlady (Yuen Qiu), but at least take comfort from the fact that their poverty-stricken neighbourhood is largely left alone by the city's criminal gangs. All that changes when the notorious Axe Gang muscles in and begins a war that looks to have only one possible outcome. At first, the locals' only hope appears to be Sing (Stephen Chow), a small-time operator whose impersonation of an Axe Gang member sparked the trouble. As the battle heats up, it seems many martial arts masters have been hiding in Pig Sty Alley and their re-emergence gives the downtrodden new hope in the turf war. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2006.

Immortal (2015)

11:50PM, SBS

M
Colombia, 2015
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Spanish
Director: Klych Lopez
Starring: Laura García, Andrés Parra, Enrique Carriazo, Andrea Gómez, Fernando Arévalo
What's it about?
The economy is not doing well and in a few months Lucia will lose the mortgaged house where she lives with her two children, Mr. Carlos the owner of the Second-hand store, Sergio, Clown by day, waiter by night, and his wife Victoria. Julieta, the youngest child, is the family's salvation. She just graduated from law school when, on the morning of November 6, 1985, she leaves for her job at the Palace of Justice and never returns. There are witnesses that claim to have seen her alive after the Palace burned down after the Guerilla attack, the habitants lives of the house won't be the same. Based on true events and on a play in Colombia, 1985.

Tomorrow Will Be Better

1:40AM, SBS

M
Poland, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian, Polish
Director: Dorota Kedzierzawska
Starring: Oleg Ryba, Jewgieni Ryba, Akhmed Sardalov, Stanislaw Sojka
What's it about?
Three young boys, who live on the mean streets of Ukraine, embark on an journey to cross the border into Poland. With an unstoppable sense of adventure, they learn they must rely on each other to find their new home. Winner of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival’s International Children’s Jury Prize. 

Thursday 24 August

Autumn

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
India, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Aamir Bashir
Starring: Mohammad Amir Naji, Shahnawaz Bhat, Shamim Basharat, Salma Ashai
What's it about?
Rafiq and his family are struggling to come to terms with the disappearance of his older brother Tauqir, a photographer, who is one of the thousands of young men who have gone missing since the onset of the militant insurgency in Kashmir. After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the border into Pakistan, to become a militant, Rafiq returns home to an aimless existence. One day, he finds his brother's old camera. 

Jedda

9:30PM, NITV (repeats Friday 25th Aug, 12:00PM)

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme D'or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Agent Hamilton

12:05PM, SBS

MA15+
Sweden, 2012
Director: Kathrine Windfeld
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Saba Mubarak, Pernilla August
What's it about?
Masked soldiers attack a vehicle loaded with high-tech missiles in an attempted smuggling operation in Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, a Swedish engineer is kidnapped in Ethiopia. Hamilton is ordered to investigate the kidnapping and soon discovers an international arms conspiracy at top government levels, as well as plans for a terrorist attack on Swedish soil. His loyalties are tested, but the interest of the nation must come first.

Friday 25 August

Storm

12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, German, Bosnian
Director: Hans-Christian Schmid
Starring: Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca
What's it about?
A prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague is leading a trial against a former commander of the Yugoslavian National Army who is accused of the deportation and later killing of dozens of Bosnian-Muslim civilians. The suicide of a key witness threatens to unravel the case, until his sister appears at the burial, and seems to have more knowledge than she is willing to admit. At great personal risk, she reluctantly agrees to testify at The Hague.

Notes On a Scandal

8:35PM, SBS

MA15+
United States, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Eyre
Starring: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy
What's it about?
Barbara Covett (Judi Dench) is a veteran history teacher at a comprehensive school in London. When a younger art teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) joins the school, Barbara sees in her a potential new friend, even more. Until she learns that Shebba is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. Nominated for four 2007 Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Judi Dench), Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Wonderland

9:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2003
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: James Cox
Starring: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth
What's it about?
This biopic explores, through flashback and multiple points of views, a series of murders that took place high atop Wonderland Avenue in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon, in the summer of 1981. At first the victims were thought to be  drug dealers and party hounds, but the case became elevated to a classic L.A. noir when they were discovered to be connected to the infamous porn star John C. Holmes (played by Val Kilmer). While juggling his wife (Lisa Kudrow) and his underage mistress (Kate Bosworth), cocaine fiend Holmes gets himself in big trouble with a ruthless gangster Eddie Nash, which soon results in a horrible blood bath. 

The Perfect Date

10:45PM, SBS

M
France, 2010
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Lemort, Dominique Farrugia
Starring: Virginie Efira, Manu Payet, Clovis Cornillac
What's it about?
Michel (Clovis Cornillac) is a foreign aid worker and a big romantic, forever dreaming of a fated meeting with his soulmate, much like his parents and grandparents experienced. His best friend Vincent (Manu Payet), is the complete opposite: a successful divorce lawyer, he enjoys one night stands with zero commitments. But when Vincent's latest fling dumps him and Michel discovers that his encounter with the beautiful Angèle (Virginie Efira) was engineered, both men realise they’ll need to learn from each other if they want to find lasting happiness.    

Saturday 26 August

2001: A Space Odyssey

8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

G
United Kingdom, United States 1968
Genre: Sci-Fi, Cult
Language: English
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Daniel Richter
What's it about?
Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece traces an expedition to the moon, Jupiter and beyond, and imagines the future evolution of humanity. A group of ape-like creatures - primitive humans - discover the use of bones as weapons in a quarrel over a waterhole. Jump forward 1000s of years, and an American expedition finds a mysterious black monolith - an obvious alien artefact - on the Moon. Another expedition is sent to Jupiter, where a second monolith has been discovered. But during the journey the ship's computer, HAL 9000, develops paranoia.

Academy buys '2001: A Space Odyssey' shuttle
2001: A Space Odyssey Review

Sunday 27 August

Kumu Hina

10:00PM, NITV

M
Fiji, United States, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer
Starring: Leo Anderson Akana, Haemaccelo Kalu, Ho'Onani Kamai
What's it about?
A transgender Native Hawaiian teacher inspires a young girl to fulfill her destiny of leading the school's male hula troupe, even as she struggles to find love and a committed relationship in her own life.

In a Better World

11:10PM, SBS

MA15+
Denmark, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Susanne Bier
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen
What's it about?
In a Better World traces elements from a drab refugee camp in Sudan to the gray humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake.

In a Better World Review

I Am JFK Jr.

1:20AM, SBS

M
United States, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Derik Murray, Steve Burgess
What's it about?
This documentary tells the story of a life cut tragically short, the story of a little boy whose salute transfixed a nation, a boy who would grow to become the embodiment of American hopes for the future. Original interviews feature friends and personal associates that knew JFK Jr. best, from Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford and Mike Tyson. Those who knew him paint a picture of a man who handled the intense glare of fame with a rare grace and poise that reflected both of his famous parents. 

Night Will Fall

3:00AM, SBS

M
United Kingdom, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: André Singer
What's it about?
Night will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it reveals the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the allies encountered on Liberation. The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the allies found. Each new generation deserves access to this evidence.