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10 Dec 2017 - 3:12 PM  UPDATED 15 Dec 2017 - 1:39 PM

Monday 11 December

Son of Babylon

Iraq, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, Kurdish
Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji
Starring: Bashir Al Majid, Yasser Talib, Shazada Hussein
What's it about?
This award-winning film tells the story of one woman’s search for her son, Ahmed, who has been missing since he was conscripted into the Iraqi army ten years earlier. Travelling with her grandson through the towns and cities of Iraq, she will do anything to uncover the truth. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema - Dramatic) at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 

Son of Babylon Review

12:30PM, NITV

Columbia, United Kingdom, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Alan Ereira
What's it about?
Twenty years ago, Alan Ereira's influential television film From The Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers' Warning brought global attention to the Kogi people of Colombia, a remote and ancient South American civilization determined to caution us about environmental damage to the earth. Now, two decades later and convinced that their message has gone unheeded, the next generation of Kogi are reaching out to the world once more with a much more specific warning about the future of the planet.


USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Greg Mottola
Starring: Bill Hader, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds
What's it about?
It’s the summer of '87 and for recent college grad James (Jesse Eisenberg), life after college isn't exactly what he expected. Realising he can't afford the dream European tour he's been planning he's forced to take a dead-end job at a local amusement park. Forget about German beer, world-famous museums and cute European girls, Adventureland promises to be the stage for the most painful summer of his life. However, as he meets new friends, falls in love and learns to loosen up, he realises that the worst job ever may just turn out to be the best time of his life.

Adventureland Review: A smart, sweet coming-of-age tale

Do the Right Thing

USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
What's it about?
This award-winning and critically acclaimed comedy-drama directed by Spike Lee takes place on the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Everyone's hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence. 

Do the Right Thing review: A remarkable achievement

Tuesday 12 December

Echo Planet

Thailand, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Language: German, Italian, Thai
Director: Kompim Kemgumnird
Starring: Noppan Chantasorn, Athipich Chutiwatkajornchai, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, Bailee Madison, J.K. Simmons
What's it about?
After getting himself lost in the jungle, Sam is rescued by Jorpe, and his older sister Norva. After uncovering the truth about a government program that will destroy the ozone layer, they must find a way to save humanity and all of nature. 

Road North
1:15AM, SBS

Finland, 2012
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Finnish
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Starring: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Samuli Edelmann, Peter Franzén, Mari Perankoski
What's it about?
A sly riff on the Prodigal Son story, this film by Mika Kaurismäki (brother of famed Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki) about a joyless workaholic concert pianist who ends up on a wild ride with his long-lost rapscallion father — is a funny and cogent analysis of machismo, abandonment issues and the value of reconnecting with one's roots.

3:15AM, SBS

Palestine, 2013
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Arabic
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Samer Bisharat, Leem Lubany, Wafaa Aon, Iyad Hoorani, Adam Bakri
What's it about?
Omar's village is separated from his friends' by the Isolation Wall. He scales the wall and dodges bullets frequently to visit his friends Tarek, Amjad and his girlfriend Nadia. The boys get together and practice shooting rifles, preparing to become fighters. When some Israeli soldiers humiliate Omar, the situation escalates quickly and ends with the boys killing a soldier. The next day Omar is arrested and is pressed by his captors to become a traitor and betray his friends or face 90 years in jail. 

Omar: Hany Abu-Assad interview
Palestinian film 'Omar' triumphs at regional awards
Omar Review

Wednesday 13 December

About Her Brother

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

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

USA, 1991
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin, William Sadler, Joss Ackland, Pam Grier, William Shatner
What's it about?
Amiable slackers Bill and Ted are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

USA, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Lindsay Sloane
What's it about?
Jason Sudeikis is Eric, a thirty-something party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father's swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric's dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it's time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang - a good old-fashioned orgy.

At Your Doorstep
12:05AM, SBS

Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: Spanish
Director: Eduard Cortés
Starring: Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Lluís Homar, Adriana Ozores, Iván Massague, Miguel Morón, Ivan Benet, Oriol Vila
What's it about?
Three stories intertwine as different people deal with the challenges of living through times of crisis. An evicted mother, a banker with a conscience and a police officer who has to do his job no matter what, sing and dance in this Brechtian musical drama about the economic crisis, people’s struggle with daily life, solidarity and hope.

Thursday 14 December

Forever Enthralled

Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Kaige Chen
Starring: Leon Lai, Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hong Chen
What's it about?
Mei Lanfang (Leon Lai) was a a national icon in China, and the biggest Peking opera star of modern times, most famous for playing female roles. The film traces the key moments in Mei’s life: from the duel on stage between a youthful Mei and his once-legendary master, his extra-marital affair with fellow opera singer Meng Xiaodong (Zhang Ziyi), his success on his 1930 US tour, to his decision to stop performing following the Japanese occupation of Beijing in 1937.

Joe Bullet
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 11:30AM, Fri 15th Dec)

South Africa, 1973
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Louis de Witt
Starring: Ken Gampu, Abilgail Kubeka, Joe Lopez, Cocky Tlholthalemaje
What's it about?
When local soccer team The Eagles fall prey to a series of onslaughts from a mysterious gangster only a week before the championship final, the team turns to the one man that can help save their chances at victory – Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu). Joe will have to battle against villainous henchmen, escape booby-trap bombs and bring his martial arts expertise to the fore in order to survive an attack from a deadly assassin.

Le Dep
10:30PM, NITV

Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Sonia Boileau
Starring: Eve Ringuette, Charles Buckell-Robertson, Marco Collin, Yan England, Robert-Pierre Côté, Angie-Pepper O'Bomsawin, Samuel Ringuette
What's it about?
A psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman who works at her father’s convenience store in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec. One night, as she prepares to close up shop, a masked robber enters the store and holds her at gunpoint. This traumatic experience becomes even more troubling when Lydia recognizes her assailant. Before long, she will have to make a decision that will forever change the course of her life.

Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost
12:10PM, SBS

Germany, France, India, Netherlands, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Punjabi
Director: Anup Singh
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal
What's it about?
Set in post-colonial India, Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of partition in 1947. Umber decides to fight fate and builds a new home for his family. When Umber marries his youngest child Kanwar to Neeli, a girl of lower caste, the family is faced with the truth of their identities; as individual ambitions and destinies collide in a struggle with eternity.

Friday 15 December

The Life Coach

France, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Doran
Starring: Jean-Paul Rouve, Richard Berry, Anne Maravin
What's it about?
Max Chêne is a 'life coach' who helps to motivate everybody from professional athletes to government ministers to business executives. After his gambling debts get out of control and his wife throws him out, he is approached to take on a unique client. Patrick Marmignon is an ineffectual manager at a company who is about to make a very important presentation to a potential Chinese investor. The CEO hires Max to coach Patrick but tells him he must not let him know that he’s being coached. 

Full Metal Jacket
8:30PM, SBS

USA, 1987
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Adam Baldwin, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Matthew Modine
What's it about?
Stanley Kubrick's 1987 masterpiece follows a group of soldiers undergoing a gruelling eight-week Marine induction/training course under the no-nonsense Sgt Hartman. On completion of their training, many of the Marines are sent to Vietnam. Private Joker is a military journalist working for the U.S. armed forces newspaper, Stars and Stripes. During the Tet Offensive in 1968, Joker who wears a peace badge and at the same time has the words "Born To Kill" scrawled on his helmet, is sent into the field, where he meets up with Cowboy from his training days.

Full Metal Jacket review

12:00AM, SBS

France, Australia, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Anne Fontaine
Starring: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Lil (Naomi Watts) and Roz (Robin Wright) are two lifelong friends, having grown up together as neighbors in an idyllic beach town. As adults, their sons have developed a friendship as strong as that which binds their mothers. One summer, all four are confronted by simmering emotions that have been mounting between them, and each find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. 

Adoration Review

Saturday 16 December

Moonrise Kingdom

USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Lucas Hedges, Chandler Frantz, Bob Balaban
What's it about?
Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. Two 12-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down.

Moonrise Kingdom review: Ain't young love grand

Donnie Darko

USA, 2001
Genre: Cult, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore
What's it about?
Donnie Darko is a disturbed adolescent from a semi-functional, upper-middle class family gifted with a sharp intellect and vivid imagination, but he's also a bit weird. Donnie's off his medication, and when his bedroom is obliterated by a falling airliner engine, he becomes increasingly delusional and convinced the world will end in 28 days. Aided by an imaginary friend, he embarks on an increasingly crazed series of actions, which horrify his teachers, scare his parents and amaze his friends.

Revisiting the ending of 'Donnie Darko' 16 years later
Donnie Darko review: A shot at small-town repression

Lula, The Son of Brazil
1:50AM, SBS

Brazil, 2009
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: Portuguese
Director: Fábio Barreto, Marcelo Santiago
Starring: Rui Ricardo Diaz, Glória Pires, Juliana Baroni
What's it about?
This colourful and deeply moving film is the story of the early years of Brazil’s most beloved President, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Born into extreme poverty, Lula was guided by a strong mother who was determined to give her children a good life. He grew up to become a full-fledged member of the union who found his way into politics. However, an intense personal tragedy involving his wife and unborn child gave him the courage and ambition to become one of Brazil’s most iconic leaders.

Sunday 17 December

In My Country
10:10PM, NITV

UK, Ireland, South Africa, 2004
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Afrikaans, English
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Anna Malan and Langston Whitfield must both question their sense of identity, where they belong and their personal responsibility. From renowned director John Boorman (Excalibur, Deliverance).

The Bomb
12:40AM, SBS

USA, 2015
Genre: TV Movie, documentary
Language: English
Director: Rushmore DeNooyer, Kirk Wolfinger
What's it about?
Using masterfully restored footage from recently declassified images, The Bomb tells a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history. From the earliest testing stages to its use as the ultimate chess piece in global politics, the program outlines how America developed the bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. The show also includes interviews with prominent historians and government insiders, along with men and women who helped build the weapon piece by piece.

The Housemaid

South Korea, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Sang-soo Im
Starring: Seo Woo, Do-Yeon Jeon, Jung-Jae Lee
What's it about?
Eun-Yi is employed as a maid by an wealthy family, and is forced into an affair with the father of the house. When she falls pregnant, and the family uncover their secret, she is forced to take matters into her own hands to protect the unborn child. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. 

The Housemaid Review

Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation
2:50AM, SBS

Sweden, 2012
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Language: Russian, Swedish, Arabic, English
Director: Kathrine Windfeld
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Saba Mubarak, Jason Flemyng, Pernilla August
What's it about?
Carl Hamilton manages to infiltrate an international gang that has stolen advanced Swedish GPS-guided missiles. But the league is subjected to a sudden deadly attack by a well drilled group of mercenaries of unknown clients. Hamilton escapes the massacre, but the rockets have disappeared without a trace.