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

5 Mar 2018 - 9:32 AM  UPDATED 5 Mar 2018 - 9:32 AM

MONDAY 5 MARCH

Little Nicholas
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
Belgium, France, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring:  Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Maxime Godart, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad
What's it about?
Nicolas has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes. However, one day, he overhears a conversation that leads him to believe that his life might change forever: his mother is pregnant. He panics and envisions the worst.

Postcards from the Edge
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1990 
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Annette Bening
What's it about?
Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on a slippery slope as a recovering addict. On exit from rehab, it is recommended she stay with her mother, who has become a somewhat champion drinker herself. Suzanne therefore struggles to maintain her sobriety and her sanity in the company of Doris. Nominated for two 1990 Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Streep) and Best Original Song.

Thelma and Louise
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1991
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring:  Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel, Stephen Tobolowsky 
What's it about?
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as accidental outlaws on a desperate flight across the Southwest after a tragic incident at a roadside bar. With a determined detective (Keitel) on their trail, a sweet-talking hitchhiker (Pitt) in their path and a string of crimes in their wake, their journey alternates between hilarious, high-speed thrill ride and empowering personal odyssey... even as the law closes in. Winner of the 1992 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and nominated for Best Actress (Davis), Supporting Actress (Sarandon), Director, Cinematography and Film Editing.

Kawasaki's Rose
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
Czech Republic, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Czech
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Starring: Martin Huba, Milan Mikulcík, Lenka Vlasáková, Daniela Kolárová, Antonin Kratochvil, Anna Simonová, Petra Hrebícková Petra Hrebícková
What's it about?
Pavel Josek, a distinguished psychiatrist, is about to receive an award for his life’s work. His wife and daughter are thrilled, and his son-in-law Ludek leads a documentary crew following him in the lead-up to the ceremony. However, Ludek’s research uncovers Pavel’s hidden past as a collaborator with the secret police. Nominated for nine Czech Lions in 2010, and winner of three. 

TUESDAY 6 MARCH

The Names of Love
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: French, Greek, Arabic
Director: Michel Leclerc
Starring: Sara Forestier, Zinedine Soualem, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Baya (Forestier) is a young leftwing activist who is trying to change people's political beliefs. Her method for converting the rightwing politicians involves seducing them into sleeping with her. All is going well, until she meets Arthur Martin (Gamblin).

The Third Industrial Revolution
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Eddy Moretti
Starring: Jeremy Rifkin
What's it about?
The global economy is in crisis. Our biosphere's inability to absorb human activity, combined with the exhaustion of natural resources, declining productivity, slow growth, rising unemployment, and steep inequality, forces us to rethink our economic models. Where do we go from here? In this compelling feature-length documentary, social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new era of sustainable development. A Third Industrial Revolution will unfold when three technologies emerge and converge: new communication, new sources of energy, and new modes of mobility. But, in the context of climate change, it needs to happen fast. Change of this magnitude requires political will and a profound ideological shift.

Nice People
12:15AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Sweden, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Swedish, Somali
Director: Karin af Klintberg, Anders Helgeson
What's it about?
A group of young men who fled the war in Somalia have ended up in a rural town in Sweden where integration is tough. Something needs to be done. Local entrepreneur Patrik Andersson gets an idea to use sport as bridge to get people closer to each other. The goal: to create the first ever Somali national team in bandy and make it to the World Championship in Siberia. This is a story about racism and fear, but also about bravery and doing something that hasn't been done before. 

Troll Hunter
3:05AM, SBS

M
Norway, 2010
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Andre Ovredal
Starring: Tomas Alf Larsen, Erland Tosterud, Otto Jespersen
What's it about?
Presented as surviving footage shot by a student documentary crew investigating the mysterious deaths of bears, students discover something at once scary and magical in the woods. The key to unlocking the activities of Norway's secretive Troll Security Service is Hans, a bear hunter who reluctantly allows the ambitious filmmakers to chronicle his activities.

Troll Hunter: André Á˜vredal interview

WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH

The Italian
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Olivier Baroux
Starring: Kad Merad, Valérie Benguigui, Roland Giraud
What's it about?
Dino Fabrizi has the perfect life. He is the number one car salesman at his Maserati dealership, days away from a promotion to General Manager and has a beautiful girlfriend who wants to marry him. But this perfect life is built on a lie – Dino’s real name is Mourad Ben Saoud. Dino begins to fear the truth will come out when he is forced to observe Ramadan after a promise he made to his sick father. 

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Vinnie Jones, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Moran, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, Steven Mackintosh, Sting, Rob Brydon
What's it about?
Eddy (Moran) is from London's East End, where crime is a bit of a lark, when it's not imitation Kray Bros. His particular talent is card playing. Three of his mates (Fleming, Fletcher, Statham) pool their ill-gotten and legit gains to make up the stake to play poker at porn king Hatchet Harry's place. Eddy's good, but Harry's game is fixed, and he goes down to the tune of half a mill, payable in a week, or Barry the Baptist (real life villain, the late Lenny McLean) will cut off his digits. Eddy and his mates have to come up with money sharpish. How they do it (or not) involves drug dealers, ex-public schoolboys, antique shotguns and an assortment of lightweight and heavy duty criminals. 

The Ground We Won
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Thurs 8th March, 12:00PM)

M
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Christopher Pryor
What's it about?
With great bawdiness and backbone, a rugby team made up of farmers strive to redeem themselves from a long run of bitter loses. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men’s passions and the ground on which their worth is proved. A highly authentic, slice of life film about the challenges and joys of manhood, as seen through the rites and rituals of a rural New Zealand rugby club.

The Angels' Share
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, William Ruane
What's it about?
The story of a young Glaswegian father who narrowly avoids a prison sentence. He is determined to turn over a new leaf and when he and his friends visit a whisky distillery, a route to a new life becomes apparent. This comedy directed by legendary British filmmaker Ken Loach won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. 

The Angels' Share Review

THURSDAY 8 MARCH

Medianeras
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Argentina, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Gustavo Taretto
Starring: Javier Drolas, Inés Efron, Pilar López de Ayala
What's it about?
Martin and Mariana live quite close to each other in Buenos Aires. The chances of them meeting are slim however, because Martin rarely leaves his shoe-box apartment, preferring to connect with the world by internet. He blames the city's architects for the dehumanising of his environment. Mariana's fear of lifts is a distinct handicap in this high-rise world, although she's more metropolis-friendly than her nearby neighbour.

FRIDAY 9 MARCH

Illegal
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Belgium, Luxembourg, France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French, Russian
Director: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Starring: Anne Coesens, Alexandre Gontcharov, Milo Masset-Depasse, Natalia Belokonskaya
What's it about?
Tania, a young Russian woman, has been living illegally in Belgium for 8 years with her 13-year-old son. After being denied permanent residence, Tania is arrested and refuses to reveal her real name. Locked in a detention centre, far away from her son, Tania keeps fighting to have her refugee status approved by the government.

Wadjda
8:00PM, NITV (repeats March 10th, 10:30AM)

M
Saudi Arabia, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Sultan Al Assaf, Ahd Kamel, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah
What's it about?
Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun loving, entrepreneurial and rebellious. She’s determined to fight for her dreams, which include saving enough money to buy a bicycle, so she can race her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohani). Wadjda lives at home with her parents, who are loving if a little distracted. Her father isn’t around much, and her mother is convinced he’s busy looking for a second wife. The story is tailored to highlight the pressures and difficulties faced by women in Saudi Arabia, with a rare glimpse into the lives of women behind closed doors and the warm relationships between mothers and daughters. Nominated for a 2013 BAFTA award for Best Film Not In The English Language.

Wadjda: Haifaa Al-Mansour interview

The Silence of the Lambs
9:45PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Brooke Smith
What's it about?
Young FBI agent Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another psychopath Hannibal Lecter, who used to be a respected psychiatrist. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator have the answers to their questions to help locate the killer. Clarice must first try and gain Lecter's confidence before he is to give away any information. The third film in the history of the Academy Awards (after It Happened One Night and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest to win in the five main categories: Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay (Adapted).

SATURDAY 10 MARCH

Magnolia
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

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, Melinda Dillon, Henry Gibson, Melora Walters, Ricky Jay, Pat Healy, Luis Guzmán, Miguel Perez, Alfred Molina, Felicity Huffman, Jason Robards
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, in this ambitious and epic film from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Phantom Thread) that was nominated for 3 Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, and Best Supporting Actor for Cruise).

Tom Cruise's best performance is in 'Magnolia' as an MRA guru with daddy issues
Magnolia Review

Barney's Version
11:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard J. Lewis
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Scott Speedman, Dustin Hoffman
What's it about?
Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti), a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus.

Why You Should Watch: Barney's Version

The Last King
1:50AM, SBS

MA15+
Norway, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Language: German,
Director: Nils Gaup
Starring: Kristofer Hivju, Jakob Oftebro, Pål Sverre Hagen, Thorbjørn Harr, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
What's it about?
In the year 1206, Norway is raged by civil war. The King's illegitimate infant son, Hakon Hakonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. Based on true events, this is a story which changed the course of the country's history.

SUNDAY 11 MARCH

Putuparri and the Rainmakers
8:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nicole Ma
What's it about?
Tom "Putuparri" Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation. Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions as they fight for their native title claim over the area.

Bowling For Columbine
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Starring: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Marilyn Manson
What's it about?
Driven by moral agitation, Michael Moore explores the culture of violence in an America traumatised by terrorism, teenage killers and economic inequality. Moore puts the hard questions to trigger-happy suburbanites and militia members, alongside the likes of National Rifle Association spokesman Charlton Heston, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, South Park co-creator Matt Stone and surviving students of the Columbine High School shootings. More topical now than ever, the film was the winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Bowling For Columbine review: A tremendously emotional and provocative piece of work.

Snow Monkey
2:15AM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: War, Documentary
Language: English, Pashto
Director: George Gittoes
What's it about?
One of Australia's greatest photojournalists goes on a riveting first-hand journey through an Afghanistan never seen on the news. For almost 50 years, activist artist George Gittoes has stood on the frontlines of the world's most brutal conflicts and borne witness to the best and worst of humanity. Now living in Afghanistan's remote, Taliban-ruled Jalalabad province, Gittoes turns his attention to the lives of the children and outcasts of this war-torn land. He focuses on three gangs of children: the Ghostbusters, persecuted Kochi boys who hawk exorcisms of bad luck and demons; the Snow Monkeys, who sell ice cream to support their families; and the Gangsters, a razor gang led by a 9-year-old antihero called Steel. With a deeply humane vision that won him the Sydney Peace Prize, Gittoes shows the unseen nature of Afghanistan's politics, culture and society, up close and startlingly personal.