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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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13 Nov 2017 - 10:24 AM  UPDATED 13 Nov 2017 - 10:24 AM

Monday 13 November

The Light Thief
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Kyrgyzstan, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Kirghiz
Director: Aktan Arym Kubat
Starring: Aktan Arym Kubat, Taalaikan Abazova, Askat Sulaimanov, Asan Amanov
What's it about?
Svet-Ake is a village electrician who uses his skills to bring light and warmth to his poverty-stricken neighbours by illegally tapping into a nearby power station. However, when Svet-Ake’s scheme is uncovered by state officials, the Robin Hood of electricity is fired from his job. Deep-thinking Svet-Ake becomes locked in an internal debate about the morality of his so-called misdeeds. Nominated for Best Cinematography at the Asian Film Awards, 2011.

James White
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Josh Mond
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, Scott Mescudi
What's it about?
James White is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more responsibility. With the pressure on him mounting, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. Winner of best film in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival's "Next" competition.

A Teacher
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Hannah Fidell
Starring: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger
What's it about?
Diana (Burdge), a young high school teacher in Austin, Texas, is in the midst of an affair with one of her students, Will (Brittain). As the costs of their relationship become clear, Diana tries to break it off - only to end up diving in even more recklessly than before.

Tuesday 14 November

Happy Happy
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Norway, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Starring: Maibritt Saerens, Joachim Rafaelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Agnes Kittelsen
What's it about?
An easygoing housewife (Agnes Kittelsen) maintains unyielding optimism in spite of her desperate loneliness and a husband who refuses to have sex with her. When new neighbours arrive, she is drawn to their sophistication and her enthusiasm to spend time with them spills into an elicit affair with the husband. In the dead of winter in the middle of nowhere, this dark comedy explores the malleability and resilience of adult relationships.

Happy Happy Review

Escort in Love
1:25AM, SBS

M
Italy, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Massimiliano Bruno
Starring: Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova, Anna Foglietta, Giovanni Bruno
What's it about?
Alice (Paola Cortellesi) is a housewife in a posh part of Rome and a mother to nine-year-old Filippo (Giovanni Bruno) enjoying a luxurious home and lifestyle. When her husband dies in a car accident she is left with a massive debt and the risk of losing her son. Desperately in need of cash, and with no skills, Alice turns to the oldest profession in the world: prostitution. 

Escort in Love Review

Wednesday 15 November

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.

Ronin
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1998
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Robert De Niro, Natascha McElhone, Jean Reno, Sean Bean, Jonathan Pryce
What's it about?
An international team of former intelligence agents is hired to carry out a dangerous mission in this character-driven post-Cold War action adventure directed by veteran filmmaker John Frankenheimer. When the caper goes awry, each member reveals his true self. 

Ronin Review

Jay-Z: Made in America
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Thursday 16 Nov)

M
United States, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, Rita Ora, Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Skrillex, Tyler, The Creator
What's it about?
A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival, created by rap superstar Jay Z.

Ron Howard and Jay-Z

Casino
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese directs Academy Award winner Robert De Niro in this tale about the rise and fall of a Las Vegas gangster. Sharon Stone earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance as the gangster's slowly unravelling wife. Academy Award winner Joe Pesci is at his absolute best in an excellent supporting performance. A great film which exposes a fascinating world never seen by the average person.

'Casino': Is Sharon Stone’s Ginger Scorsese’s greatest female character?
Casino

The Red Land
11:55PM, SBS

MA15+
Belgium, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Diego Martinez Vignatti
Starring: Geert Van Rampelberg, Eugenia Ramirez Miori
What's it about?
Pierre's job as a foreman for a company clearing the jungle and planting pines for paper brings him into conflict with local activists and his conscience. 

About Her Brother
1:45AM, SBS

PG
Japan, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôji Yamada
Starring: Ryô Kase, Yû Aoi, Tsurube Shôfukutei, Sayuri Yoshinaga
What's it about?
Academy Award nominated director Yamada Yoji (Twilight Samurai) returns with this contemporary drama about one foolish brother Tetsuro, and his caring older sister Ginko. A failed comedian, Tetsuro is loud, crass and just plain embarrassing. His lewd behaviour in public forces Ginko to disown him, only to be reunited with him years later when Tetsuro finds out he has terminal cancer. In the face of death, they begin a new relationship of love, understanding and toleration. 

About Her Brother Review

Thursday 16 November

Paper Birds
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Emilio Aragón
Starring: Imanol Arias, Lluís Homar, Roger Príncep
What's it about?
Set in the Spanish Civil War, a musician is left with nothing after he loses his wife and child to a Madrid bombing.  Years later he is reunited with his old partner, a ventriloquist, and they decide to take a plucky young orphan under their wing. The three make up an unlikely vaudeville family of lost souls, struggling to get through one day at a time.  Their only escape from the misery around them is their music and performance.

Buena Vista Social Club
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 11:30PM, Friday 17 Nov)

G
Cuba, 1999
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: Ibrahim Ferrer, Ry Cooder
What's it about?
Ry Cooder and Wim Wenders have known each other for 20 years, and worked together on the feature films Paris Texas and The End of Violence. Cooder enthused Wenders with his experiences in Cuba, and wanted to record an album with veteran Ibrahim Ferrer, and all the musos who played on the Grammy winning Buena Vista Social Club album of 1997. This time Wenders a small film crew accompanied Cooder to Cuba, to record the members of that old club, musos who had started out playing in what is now a dilapidated old house in Havana, which once resounded to their fabulous music.  

Wim Wenders will bring 'Buena Vista Social Club' sequel to the screen
Buena Vista Social Club review: A wonderful documentary

Yves Saint Laurent
12:10AM, SBS

M
France, Belgium, 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: French, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Japanese
Director: Jalil Lespert
Starring: Pierre Niney, Guilaume Gallienne, Charlotte Bon, Laura Smet
What's it about?
A biopic on the life of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney), starting from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge (Guillaume Gallienne).

Yves Saint Laurent review: A must for fashion lovers

Friday 17 November

Don't Think About It
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Gianni Zanasi
Starring: Valerio Mastandrea, Anita Caprioli, Giuseppe Battiston, Caterina Murino
What's it about?
Carefree, Stefano (Valerio Mastandrea) is still a punk musician at the age of 36. After getting himself into a bit of trouble, he decides to go back to his homestown of Rimini to clear his head and get in touch with his inner self. But upon arrival Stefano discovers he isn't the only one with problems, and instead of being cared for, he ends up looking after everyone else.    

Frog Dreaming
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:00PM, Saturday 18 Nov)

PG
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Henry Thomas, Tony Barry, Rachel Friend, John Ewart, Katy Manning
What's it about?
American boy Cody lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza. Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes across some strange events happening in Devil's Knob national park associated with an aboriginal myth about "frog dreamings". Convinced there is an underwater monster in a nearby dam, Cody and his close friend Wendy embark on a journey that will take them into the very shadow-land of mystery and intrigue.

Why You Should Watch: Frog Dreaming

Magnolia
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Baker Hall, Melora Walters
What's it about?
The lives of a large group of characters intersect; some through direct connections and others through a combination of chance, circumstance and even divine intervention. At the centre is the wealthy Earl Partridge (Jason Robards) who lies dying of cancer and wishing to restore communications with his estranged son, Frank TJ Mackey (Tom Cruise), with the help of his nurse (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The events of the day significantly affect the lives of each of the film's characters.

Magnolia Review

Blue is the Warmest Colour
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring: Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who allows her to discover desire and assert herself as a woman and adult. Adele grows, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. Winner of the Palme D'or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Stars, director in a blue over 'Blue is the Warmest Colour'
Blue is the Warmest Colour Review

Saturday 18 November

On the Road
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 2012
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English, French
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart
What's it about?
Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly. Based on the infamous novel by Jack Kerouac.

On the Road Review

The Octagon
11:05PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 1980
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Eric Karson
Starring: Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef, Karen Carlson
What's it about?
Legendary martial arts star Chuck Norris takes on a deadly terrorist training camp known only as The Octagon in this deadly tale of revenge that pits brother against brother in a classic showdown battle of good vs. evil.

Sunday 19 November

Biggie and Tupac
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

The Tour: Blunder Down Under
10:30PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Mockumentary
Language: English
Director: Corey Hague
Starring: Nick Dinsmore
What's it about?
A mockumentary about a hopeless wrestling promoter who gambles it all on one tour with a dream team of professional wrestlers from the United States.

John Rabe
12:10AM, SBS

MA15+
China, France, Germany, 2009
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: German, English, Japanese, Chinese, Ukrainian
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Starring: Ulrich Tukur, Dagmar Manzel, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Bruhl
What's it about?
The year is 1937 and German businessman John Rabe has been ordered by the new Nazi regime to close down a vast Siemens plant in Nanking. But as the Imperial Japanese Army storms the region, Rabe defies his motherland and remains in war-ravaged Nanking to protect his loyal Chinese workers. 

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