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18 Dec 2017 - 12:20 PM  UPDATED 19 Dec 2017 - 12:08 PM

Monday 18 December


Israel, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Alma Zack, Alisa Rosen, Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi
What's it about?
Winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and a Best Foreign Language Film nominee at the 2012 Oscars, this is the story of a rivalry between a father (Shlomo Bar-Aba) and son (Lior Ashkenazi). Both are eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work at the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. One day, the tables turn and the two men switch places when the father learns he is to be awarded the most valuable honour one can receive. His desperate need for recognition is betrayed, his vanity exposed. Uriel is torn between pride and envy. Will he sabotage his father’s glory? 

Footnote: Lior Ashkenazi interview
Footnote Review

White Men Can't Jump

USA, 1992
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ron Shelton
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez
What's it about?
Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles, playing a game that's fast dangerous - and funny.

'White Men Can't Jump' remake in the works with Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil


New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Mavis Paenga
What's it about?
Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, ware hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality, he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein comes home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.

Boy review: A rose-coloured ode to the '80s

Tuesday 19 December

The Triplets of Belleville

France, 2003
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Starring: Lina Boudreau, Michele Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda
What's it about?
When her grandson is kidnapped by the French mafia while competing in the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters – an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire – to rescue him. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2004 Academy Awards.

The Triplets of Belleville Review

They Have Escaped
1:20AM, SBS

Netherlands, Finland, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Finnish
Director: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
Starring: Pelle Heikkilä, Roosa Söderholm, Jari Pehkonen, Sara Paavolainen
What's it about?
A boy and girl meet at a custody center for problematic youth. The boy has come to serve his obligatory civil service. The girl is one of the youths in custody, and she is constantly in trouble, a fire inside her, a lust for life that can't be quashed or controlled. The boy becomes infatuated with her. He is a quiet one - a stutterer. But there is a fire inside him as well. Rules, laws, punishment - the shackles of a hostile, uncompromising environment around them - can be broken. They steal a car and flee together. Thus begins a journey on an endless road with infinite escapes.

Nightfall In India
3:10AM, SBS

Spain, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Chema Rodríguez
Starring: Juan Diego, Ken Appledorn, Javier Pereira, Clara Voda, Linda Molin
What's it about?
Middle-aged Ricardo decides to travel overland to India, as he used to do in the old days, when he brought hippies to the East in his van. But the situation is very different now. Ricardo has been in a wheelchair for the last ten years, suffering from a degenerative disease. But when Dana, his Romanian housekeeper, joins him on the trip, it turns out to be a funny and inspiring journey, opening doors both Ricardo and Dana thought were closed forever. 

Wednesday 20 December

The Black Stallion

United States, 1979
Genre: Adventure, Family
Language: Arabic, English, Italian
Director: Carroll Ballard
Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr
What's it about?
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training the horse to race against the fastest ones in the world.

The Door

Germany, 2009
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Language: German
Director: Anno Saul
Starring: Valeria Eisenbart, Jessica Schwarz, Mads Mikkelsen
What's it about?
An artist lives in despair after being responsible for the death of his young daughter. But he soon discovers a door that provides a passage back in time, and the opportunity to change the past and avert the tragedy. However all is not as it seems, and any chance of redemption comes with the risk of eternal damnation. Based on the novel by Akif Pirrincci.

Walk with Me
12:00AM, SBS

Denmark, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Lisa Ohlin
Starring: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Cecilie Lassen, Karen-Lise Mynster, Vibeke Hastrup, Silja Eriksen Jensen
What's it about?
Deployed on mission in Helmand, Afghanistan, 25-year old Thomas steps on a landmine and loses both his legs. At the local rehabilitation center, he meets Sofie, an ascending ballerina from the Royal Danish Ballet, who is helping a relative to regain strength after a long term sickness. Thomas desperately wants back in the field and gets impatient as progress does not emerge as fast as he wants to. When Sofie offers to help him with a more intense rehabilitation plan, he accepts. Despite their differences, they develop a special bond and a mutual affection.

Easy Money
1:50AM, SBS

Sweden, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: German, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Mahmut Suvakci, Jones Danko, Lea Stojanov
What's it about?
Ashamed of his roots, business school whiz, Johann 'JW' Westlund (Joel Kinnaman) dresses the part and tries to move in rich kid circles. Living in student digs and working part time for a cab firm brings him into contact with less salubrious characters including the drug-running Turkish operators of the cab firm. Recognising his talents for juggling numbers, the Turks bring him in as their financial advisor and launderer on a big dope deal. JW delivers in spades, identifying, through his circles, a failing bank to launder the money through. However, JW is soon out of his depth, in danger, unable to keep feet in both worlds and maintain his masquerade, especially from his new rich girlfriend Sophie (Lisa Henni).

Easy Money Review

Thursday 21 December

Apart Together

China, 2010 
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Quan'an Wang
Starring: Lisa Lu, Feng Ling, Cai-gen Xu
What's it about?
Liu returns to his native city Shanghai after 50 years spent in Taiwan. He has come to find the first love of his life, Qiao, who he left behind pregnant. In the meantime, Qiao has married and built a family. But Liu is determined to get the family’s approval to take her away with him.

Black Dynamite
9:00PM, NITV

USA, 2009
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: English, Italian
Director: Scott Sanders
Starring: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Kevin Chapman, Richard Edson, Bokeem Woodbine
What's it about?
This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House...

Human Capital
12:10AM, SBS

Italy, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
What's it about?
Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected.

Friday 22 December

The Castle of Cagliostro

Japan, 1979
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorō Naya, Sumi Shimamoto, Taro Ishida
What's it about?
After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the 'damsel in distress' he finds imprisoned there.

Bush Christmas
8:00PM, NITV

Australia, 1983
Genre: Family, Action, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: John Howard, John Ewart, Mark Spain, Nicole Kidman
What's it about?
Outback Queensland, the early 1950s. The Thompson family - struggling to keep their outback farm from foreclosure - place their financial hopes on their horse, Prince, a favourite to win the New Year's Cup. However, two horse rustlers named Bill and Sly (John Ewart and John Howard) steal Prince and make their way to a nearby mountain range to escape. But the thieves have underestimated the resourceful Thompson kids John (Mark Spain) and Helen (a 15-year-old Nicole Kidman in her film debut).

The Thin Red Line Review
8:30PM, SBS

USA, 1998
Genre: War
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, George Clooney, Miranda Otto, John Cusack, Jared Leto
What's it about?
In 1942, Private Witt is a U.S. Army absconder living peacefully with the locals of a small South Pacific island. Discovered by his commanding officer, Sergeant Welsh, Witt is forced to resume his active duty training for the Battle of Guadalcanal. As Witt and his unit land on the island, and the American troops mount an assault on entrenched Japanese positions, the story explores their various fates and attitudes towards life-or-death situations.

The Thin Red Line Review

A Blast
12:30AM, SBS

Greece, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, German, Greek
Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas
Starring: Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini, Giorgos Biniaris, Efthymis Papadimitriou, Themis Bazaka
What's it about?
Running away on the highway, Maria is alone in her roaring SUV. Behind her, fire and a case full of money. In front of her, the hopeless vastness of the motorway. Only a day before she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. Today she has gone rogue.

Saturday 23 December

Big Game

Finland, Germany, UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: Finnish, English
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ted Levine, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, Ray Stevenson
What's it about?
Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness. 13-year old Oskari is also in that wilderness, on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk by tracking down a deer, but instead discovers the President in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their prize, the unlikely duo team up to escape their hunters.

Event Horizon

United Kingdom, United States, 1997
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction
Language: English, Latin
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Kathleen Quinlan, Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.

On its 20th Anniversary, a defence of ‘Event Horizon'
Event Horizon Review

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
1:50AM, SBS

Denmark, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: Swedish
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Annika Hallin, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
What's it about?
After taking a bullet to the head, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past.

Sunday 24 December

54: The Director's Cut

USA, 1998
Genre: History, Drama
Language: English
Director: Christopher Mark
Starring: Mike Myers, Neve Campbell, Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek
What's it about?
Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe) is 19 and bored by the local nightlife in New Jersey. He ends up standing outside Studio 54, trying to get in. The club's owner, Steve Rubell (Mike Myers), is taken by the young man's good looks and waves him through. Soon Shane joins the ranks of bare-chested busboys working under the strobe lights. He makes friends with a coworker, Greg (Brecklin Meyer), who is married to a coat-check girl and would-be singer, Anita (Salma Hayek). Meanwhile, Shane's favouritism by Rubell and a prominent socialite (Sela Ward) puts him on the fast track. It's not long before he is promoted from busboy to bartender, and gets all the women and drugs he wants. He has set his sights on a soap opera actress, Julie Black (Neve Campbell), whom he has long admired from afar.  

54 Bombed in 1998. Now It's Been Resurrected as a Cult Gay Classic

A Happy Event
12:40AM, SBS

France, Belgium, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Rémi Bezançon
Starring: Gabrielle Lazure, Josiane Balasko, Pio Marmaï, Louise Bourgoin, Thierry Frémont
What's it about?
Barbara (Louise Bourgoin) – intelligent, ambitious and gorgeous – is a post-graduate student, while Nicolas (Pio Marmaï), replete with boyish charm, is a clerk in a video store. After a humorous courtship in the video store where Nicolas works, the pair begin a passionate romance that grows into relationship bliss. They frolic, they dine, they paint walls together and all too quickly they find themselves enthusiastically, if not slightly nervously, embarking on their biggest joint venture yet – their first child. But what begins as a life step they decide to embrace with joyful abandon, quickly starts to change shape (both figuratively and literally) as Barbara’s tummy swells with their unborn child and new pressures start to weigh on their relationship.

A Happy Event Review

Shirin in Love
2:40AM, SBS

USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Ramin Niami
Starring: Nazanin Boniadi, Riley Smith, Maz Jobrani, Marshall Manesh, Amy Madigan, George Wallace
What's it about?
Shirin is a young Iranian-American living in a large Iranian community in LA with her overbearing mother and empathetic father. Despite being engaged for years to a successful Iranian doctor, Shirin finds herself breaking tradition when she falls in love with a mysterious young man who lives in a lighthouse in California. As her secret unravels and cultures clash, Shirin discovers what it ultimately means to be true to herself.


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