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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SBS Movies

26 Feb 2018 - 1:51 PM  UPDATED 26 Feb 2018 - 1:51 PM

MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY

Lope
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2010
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Spanish
Director: Andrucha Waddington
Starring: Alberto Ammann, Leonor Watling, Pilar López de Ayala
What's it about?
This is a chronicle of the life of famed Spanish playwright and poet Lope de Vega, who dominated Spain’s early Golden Age of Theatre in the 16th Century. Lope returns home from war as a dashing young soldier, as the city of Madrid is being built in 1588. He is ambitious and eager to write, and finally gets his foot in the door of the theatre world when a producer’s beautiful daughter takes a shine to him. They embark on a passionate affair, as his plays begin to win popular acclaim. 

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
12:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2010

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bob Christie
Starring: Ken Coolen
What's it about?
Over the course of a year, film follows Vancouver Pride Society president Ken Coolen to various international Pride events, including Poland, Hungary, Russia, Sri Lanka and others where there is great opposition to pride parades. In North America, Pride is complicated by commercialisation and a sense that the festivals are turning away from their political roots toward tourism, party promotion and entertainment. Christie documents the ways larger, more mainstream Pride events have supported the global Pride movement and how human rights components are being added to more established events.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2001
Genre: Musical, Comedy, LGBTIQ+
Language: English
Director: John Cameron Mitchell 
Starring: John Cameron Mitchell, Theodore Liscinski, Michael Pitt
What's it about?
An adaptation of the off-Broadway rock theatre hit, this is the story of an internationally ignored rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love. Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the 'angry inch'. Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer park, she forms a rock band and encounters a lover/protégé in young Tommy Gnosis, who eventually leaves her, steals her songs and becomes a huge rock star. A 2001 Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy (John Cameron Mitchell).

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey

Carol
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance, LGBTIQ+
Language: English
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler
What's it about?
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel 'The Price of Salt', the 1950s-set romantic drama from acclaimed director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I'm Not There) follows Carol (Cate Blanchett), a Manhattan socialite trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience with Harge (Kyle Chandler), whose life is forever changed when she meets a department store clerk (Rooney Mara). Nominated for five Academy awards, including Best Actress, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score and Costume Design.

Carol review: A magnificent, mesmerising account of mid-century desire

Takeover
10:30PM, NITV (Repeats 1pm, 27th Feb)

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

Delicacy
11:30PM, SBS

M
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Stéphane Foenkinos, David Foenkinos
Starring: Francois Damiens, Audrey Tautou
What's it about?
Natalie (Audrey Tautou) isn’t certain of anything anymore. One minute she is happily married, successful in her career and convinced the future is full of promise. But then a tragic accident occurs and her whole world is turned upside down. Years later, still bruised by grief, she impulsively kisses her colleague Markus (François Damiens). For Natalie, it is just a kiss. For the awkward, unassuming Markus, it is the moment in which he falls hopelessly, helplessly in love. But how will he ever convince such a beautiful, intelligent, confused young woman that he is the man who can bring her back to life?

TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY

Vargas: Seeking Whom He May Devour
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Language: French 
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Hélène Fillières, Tobias Moretti, Jacques Spiesser, Corinne Masiero, Maurice Garrel, Charles-henri anagonou
What's it about?
This acclaimed French production is based on Fred Vargas’ renowned psycho-thriller series. A sudden wave of carnage is sweeping the hills of Southern France, with locals blaming the return of wolves. However some begin talking of a werewolf, of “The Beast of Mercantour”. A young Canadian arrives in town to study the wolves, as the carnage reaches terrifying new levels.

The Tour: Blunder Down Under
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Feb 28th)

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.

The Way He Looks
12:15AM, SBS

M
Brazil, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Portuguese
Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Starring: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Selma Egrei, Tess Amorim
What's it about?
Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel. Winner of the FIPRESCI critics prize and the Teddy Award for Best First Feature at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.

Walesa: Man of Hope
12:50AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Poland, 2013
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: Polish, Italian
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Starring: Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Iwona Bielska
What's it about?
From veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Marble), this is a biopic tribute to Lech Walesa, the Nobel peace prize-winning politician and human rights activist. It captures his metamorphosis - from an electric technician at the Gdansk shipyard who fought for labour rights to a charismatic leader who awoke the desire for freedom in millions of people and led to changes that exceeded their wildest dreams.

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY

Vargas: The Chalk Circle Man
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Charlotte Rampling, Jacques Spiesser, Jean-Pierre Léaud
What's it about?
For the past four months this phrase has appeared scrawled on the sidewalks of Paris, alongside chalk circles. In the middle of these circles are strange objects - a trombone, a pair of tweezers, a candle. While the media speculates and psychiatrists weigh in on the mystery, Police Captain Adamsberg knows that there is something sinister going on. Soon the findings go from oddities to the macabre - with the discovery of a murdered woman inside a circle.

Masters of the Universe
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1987
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Gary Goddard
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox
What's it about?
This 1987 film follows the adventures of 'He-Man', known and loved by children around the world. Good and evil clash as He-Man goes after a device that controls time and space. He must ensure that it doesn't get to the wrong hands before it's too late. The film stars Dolph Lundgren as the strapping He-Man, and famed actress Courteney Cox as Julie, his love interest. Directed by Gary Goddard, the film has grown an immense cult following despite being a commercial failure upon its release. 

Major!
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, 1st March)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Annalise Ophelian
Starring: Miss Major Griffin Gracy
What's it about?
This is the story of one woman's courageous journey - Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 74 year old black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of transwomen of colour for over 40 years. Winner of both the jury and audience prizes at the Boston LGBT Film Festival and LA's Outfest in 2016.

Brain Damage
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Starring: Rick Hearst, Jennifer Lowry, Gordon MacDonald, Theo Barnes
What's it about?
One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return. From writer-director Frank Henenlotter, the cult schlock auteur of Basket Case and Frankenhooker.

Face Down
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
France, Belgium, Bulgaria, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Turkish, English, Bulgarian
Director: Kamen Kalev
Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Seher Nebieva, Lidia Koleva, Sunai Siuleiman
What's it about?
Samy is a Frenchman accused of smuggling counterfeit money from Bulgaria to France. To avoid jail, he becomes an informer for the French police, joining under cover a Bulgarian channel for human trafficking. Gradually, he falls in love with Elka, an underage gypsy prostitute. Torn by the pressure from all sides, he almost turns into an unscrupulous pimp. His feelings for the girl will help him keep the last thing he has – his dignity.

THURSDAY 1 MARCH

A Dubious Place
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Thriller, Mystery 
Language: English 
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Hélène Fillières, Charlotte Rampling, Pascal Greggory, Jacques Spiesser
What's it about?
A gruesome discovery is made outside a London cemetery one night – 17 pairs of shoes with a severed foot inside each one. Meanwhile in Paris, Police Captain Adamsberg discovers a body chopped into so many pieces there is nothing left of it. Could there be a link between the two?

Dreaming Lhasa
10:30PM, NITV

M
UK, India, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance, Foreign
Language: English
Director: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
Starring: Jampa Kalsang Tamang
What's it about?
Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. She wants to reconnect with her roots but is also escaping a deteriorating relationship back home. One of Karma's interviewees is Dhondup, an enigmatic ex-monk who has just escaped from Tibet. He confides in her that his real reason for coming to India is to fulfill his dying mother's last wish, to deliver a charm box to a long-missing resistance fighter. Karma finds herself unwittingly falling in love with Dhondup even as she is sucked into the passion of his quest, which becomes a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.

Elena
12:05AM, SBS

M
Russia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev
Starring: Alexey Rozin, Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Elena Lyadova
What's it about?
Winner of the Cannes Special Jury Prize in 2011, this film from acclaimed director Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Return, Leviathan) is a gripping, modern twist on the classic noir thriller. Sixty-ish spouses Vladimir and Elena uneasily share his palatial Moscow apartment-he's a still-virile, wealthy businessman; she's his dowdy former nurse who has clearly "married up." Estranged from his own wild-child daughter, Vladimir openly despises his wife's freeloading son and family. But when a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten the dutiful housewife's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan. 

Elena: Andrei Zvyagintsev interview
Elena Review

FRIDAY 2 MARCH

The Round Up
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010

Genre: Drama, History
Language: French, German, Yiddish
Director: Rose Bosch
Starring: Jean Reno, Anne Brochet, Sylvie Testud, Gad Elmaleh, Mélanie Laurent, Joseph Weismann
What's it about?
In picturesque Montmartre in 1942, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler has demanded that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the east.

The Round Up: Rose Bosch interview
The Round Up Review

Princess Ka'iulani
8:00PM, NITV (repeats 12:30PM, 3rd March)

PG
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marc Forby
Starring: Q'orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Jimmy Yuill, Shaun Evans
What's it about?
Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher, The New World), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American businessmen. After being sent to England as a child by her Scottish father, Ka'iulani returns to Hawaii and becomes a political activist who fights to retain her throne, even though she must leave her English paramour.

Gandhi
9:45PM, SBS

PG
UK, India, 1982
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Rohini Hattangadi, John Mills
What's it about?
In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed. Winner of the 1982 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Saeed Jaffrey, actor in 'Gandhi', dies aged 86

Charlie Countryman
1:10AM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Fredrik Bond
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Leo
What's it about?
Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) falls for Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen), her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. 

SATURDAY 3 MARCH

Still Alice
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Alec Baldwin
What's it about?
Fifty-year-old Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) leads a seemingly perfect life, with a happy marriage and three grown children, and a successful career as a renowned linguistics professor. However, that life is turned upside down when she starts forgetting words, before receiving a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. This puts Alice and her family through the test, as she struggles to remain the woman she once was. Winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress.

Julianne Moore on Still Alice, on getting inside the mind of Alzheimer's sufferers
Still Alice review

What Maisie Knew
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Siegel, Scott McGehee
Starring: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan, Emma Holzer
What's it about?
Six-year-old Maisie is caught in the middle of a custody battle between her rock star mother, Suzanna, and art dealer father, Beale. In a race to win the court’s advantage, Beale marries Maisie’s nanny, Margo, prompting Suzanna in turn to marry local bartender, Lincoln. Maisie is infinitely accepting and angelic in her ability to observe their immature actions without judgement, staying calm amongst the chaos. 

What Maisie Knew: Scott McGehee and David Siegel interview
What Maisie Knew review

I'm So Excited!
10:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Spain, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth, Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz
What's it about?
Pedro Almodovar returns to his early, broad-comedy roots with this bawdily funny story of a doomed flight and its panicked crew's increasingly desperate efforts to distract the passengers from the dangers they face. The pilot and cabin crew pull out all of the stops to keep Peninsula Flight 2549 as fun, sexy and enjoyable as possible, while they wait for a solution.

Pedro Almodovar's raunchy 'I'm So Excited!' satirises Spain
I'm So Excited! Review

SUNDAY 4 MARCH

Ever the Land
10:00PM, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2015

Genre: Documentary
Language: Maori, English
Director: Sarah Grohnert
What's it about?
Explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes - Ngai Tuhoe.