Take a whirlwind tour of Europe through the tales of celebrated filmmakers. All movies are available to stream right now at SBS On Demand.
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4 May 2018 - 12:52 PM  UPDATED 4 May 2018 - 12:52 PM

Julieta

Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Pilar Castro, Nathalie Poza, Susi Sanchez, Joaquín Notario, Priscilla Delgado
What's it about?
From Spanish auteur/provocateur Pedro Almodovar, a 30 year journey in a woman's life, from a nostalgic 1985 where everything seems hopeful, to 2015 where her life appears to be beyond repair and she is, well, on the verge of a breakdown.

Amour

M
France, Germany, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva
What's it about?
Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Amour review: Leave it to the master to tackle dying with dignity

I Am Love

MA15+
Italy, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian, Russian
Director:
Starring: Tilda Swinton
What's it about?
Over two decades ago, Emma left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi, the man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a wealthy Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three. Although not unhappy, Emma feels confusedly unfulfilled. As cracks in the family façade appear, she is reawakened to the forces of passion and unconditional love. 

I Am Love - Review

In a Better World

MA15+
Denmark, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Susanne Bier
Starring: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen
What's it about?
Oscar winner In a Better World traces elements from a refugee camp in Sudan to the grey humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake.

In a Better World Review

Scarred Hearts

Germany, Romania, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: German, Romanian
Director: Radu Jude
Starring: Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenović, Ilinca Hărnuț, Șerban Pavlu, Marian Olteanu, Alexandru Dabija, Dana Voicu, Fernando Klabin
What's it about?
During the summer of 1937, Emanuel, a young man in his early twenties, is committed to a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast for treatment of his bone tuberculosis. The treatment consists of painful spine punctures that confine him to a plaster on a stretcher-bed. Little by little, as Emanuel gets accustomed to the sadness of his new life, he discovers that inside the facility there is still a life to be lived to the fullest.

Ida

PG
Poland, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Polish
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska
What's it about?
In 1960s Poland, a novitiate (Agata Trzebuchowska) brought up by nuns in a convent, is set to take her vows, but discovers that she is actually Jewish. She discovers an aunt she never knew existed Agata Kulesza) and together they discover a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. *WINNER: Best Foreign Language Film, 2015 Academy Awards* .. *Watch 'Ida' at SBS On Demand [1] *   [1] http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/456739907602/Ida

A Minute With: 'Ida' director Pawlikowski on Oscars, Poland

In Order of Disappearance

MA 15+
Norway, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Norwegian, Swedish
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Andersson
What's it about?
Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) has just lost his son, who was murdered for something he did not do. Seeking revenge, Nils wages a war against vegan gangster, the Count and the Serbian mafia boss, Papa (Bruno Ganz).   

In Order of Disappearance Review
Staff Pick: In Order of Disappearance

Toni Erdmann

MA 15+
Germany, Austria, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, German, Romanian
Director:
Starring: Sandra Hüller
What's it about?
Without a warning a father comes to visit his daughter abroad. He believes that she lost her humour and therefore surprises her with a rampage of jokes.

Toni Erdmann review: Quirky and fearless father-daughter comedy delivers bittersweet laughs
'Toni Erdmann' is more than just a German comedy

Night Train to Lisbon

M, 2013
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Director: Bille August
Starring: Nicolau Breyner, Mélanie Laurent, Burghart Klaussner, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Martina Gedeck, Lena Olin, Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Huston
What's it about?
Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. His restless quest across Lisbon uncovers a contradictory portrait of a clever and brave yet conflicted man who lived at the time of Salazar’s dictatorship.

Tour De Force

France, 2017
Genre: Comedy drama
Language: French
Starring: Clovis Cornillac, Bouli Lanners 
What's it about?
Like millions of others worldwide, 40-year-old Francois Nouel is a Tour de France fan. When his marriage crumbles, he decides live his dream of participating in the race, in this 'Big Chill' style ride. Alone at first, others quickly join him, inspired by the challenge he has embraced. The obstacles are many, but as he overcomes them one by one, word of his exploits spreads. When all seems lost, when there’s nothing left to hope for, Francois resolves to go on to the bitter end... has his moment finally come? 

Tour de Force (2013).
 

Too Hard to Handle

Germany, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: German
Director: Laura Lackmann
Starring: Claudia Eisinger, Katja Riemann, Barbara Schöne, Laura Tonke, Emelie Harbrecht, Maximilian Meyer-Bretschneider, Christoph Letkowski, Maren Kroymann, Detlev Buck, Joachim Paul Assböck, Fabian Passamonte, Isabel Schosnig, Sebastian Schwarz
What's it about?
It's no surprise when Karo is fired. She is loud, over-emotional and egocentric, more so than the average Berliner wise-ass, says her best friend Anna. Karo is not one to give up easily, though: she opts for radical change and goes into therapy. Although her therapist advises her to keep calm, Karo throws herself into it.

 

Pioneer

Norway, 2016
Genre: Adventure
Language: Norwegian, English
Director: Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Starring: Askel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang
What's it about?
In this gripping thriller the Norwegian government has enlisted an American diving company to guide their efforts to tap into the North Sea's immense oil deposits. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. 

Black Cat White Cat

MA15+
Serbia, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Romani, Serbian, Bulgarian
Director: Emir Kusturica
Starring: Jasar Destani, Sabri Sulejmani, Zabit Memedov, Ljubica Adzovic, Florijan Ajdini, Branka Katic, Srdjan Todorovic, Bajram Severdzan
What's it about?
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan.

The Wonders

Italy, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
What's it about?
This charming coming-of-age story, winner of the 2014 Cannes Grand Prix, follows a family of beekeepers living in stark isolation in the Tuscan countryside over the course of an unforgettable summer. The dynamic of their overcrowded household is disrupted both by the arrival of Martin, a German boy on a youth rehabilitation program taken as farm hand, and by the local community's participation in a TV competition, "Village Wonders", presented by the mysterious Milly Catena.

2014 Cannes Film Festival: The Wonders - press conference/grand prix highlights

Suntan

MA 15+
Greece, Germany, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Greek
Director: Argyris Papadimitropoulos
Starring: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Dimi Hart, Hara Kotsali, Milou Van Groesen, Marcus Collen, Yannis Tsortekis, Pavlos Orkopoulos, Maria Kallimani 
What's it about?
For middle-aged Kostis, life has passed him by. As the newly appointed doctor of a tiny island, Kostis spends a dreary winter alone. By the time summer arrives, though, the island has turned into a thriving, wild vacation spot with nude beaches and crazy parties. When Kostis meets the beautiful and flirty Anna, he falls hard for her and goes out of his way to conquer and impress her. Before long, Kostis is spending nearly all of his time getting drunk, partying hard, and even making out with Anna. What starts as a rediscovery with his lost-long youth, though, slowly turns into an obsession as Kostis is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his Anna. Suntan celebrates the beauty and strength of the youthful body, while simultaneously embracing its inevitable decay.

Into the White

MA 15+
Norway, Sweden, 2012
Genre: Action, War, Drama
Language: German, , English
Director: Petter Næss
Starring: Stig Henrik Hoff, Lachlan Nieboer, Rupert Grint, Florian Lukas, David Kross
What's it about?
High above the harsh Norwegian wilderness, English and German pilots shoot each other to the ground after a violent chance encounter. Isolated, they must fight to survive the brutal winter. Though war has made them enemies, antagonism is hard to maintain as days go by. Through mutual need, unlikely friendships bloom. Somehow, they become comrades. 

 

Friends from France

France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Hebrew, Italian
Director: Philippe Kotlarski, Anne Weil
Starring: Dmitry Brauer, Ania Bukstein, Alexandre Chacon, Jérémie Lippmann, Alexander Senderovich, Soko
What's it about?
1979: Cousins Carole and Jérôme go on an organised trip to Odessa, behind the Iron Curtain. During the day, posing as tourists celebrating their engagement, they visit monuments and museums. In the evening they slip away from the group and meet “refuseniks”, Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country. While Carole is motivated by political commitment and a taste for risk, Jérôme’s motivation is Carole.

Quality Time

Germany, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Holger Hasse
What's it about?
You can’t choose your family – which is why Conrad limits his visits with his parents to an absolute minimum. When venomous, irritable Carl injures himself seriously in a fall, his reluctant son Conrad and the butt-of-all-jokes Jonas has no choice but to move back into his old childhood room. Three generations under one roof: a chance for reconciliation – or a total disaster?

 

 

Accion Mutante

Spain, 2018
Language: Spanish
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
What's it about?
In a future world ruled by good-looking people, a terrorist group of mutants led by Ramon Yarritu kidnap the daughter of a rich businessman, to claim for the rights of the ugly people.

As It Is In Heaven 2: Heaven On Earth

Sweden, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Kay Pollak
What's it about?
Follow-up to the Academy Award nominated As it is in Heaven, this Swedish feel-good musical follows the beautiful soprano Lena as she tries to convince a stubborn town of the pleasures of music. A moving and humorous celebration of love, music, dance and their power to transform people.