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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

17 May 2018 - 1:49 PM  UPDATED 18 May 2018 - 5:08 PM

MONDAY 21 MAY

Welcome To The South
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Luca Miniero 
Starring: Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Siani, Angela Finocchiaro
What's it about?
Frustrated postal manager Alberto (Claudio Bisio) is looking for a transfer to the city of his dreams, Milano. He concocts an elaborate ruse to force the hand of management but it backfires and for his penance, he is demoted with a posting to a backwater in the south. This comedy of errors confronts prejudices, in the vein of French fish-out-of-water hit, Welcome To The Sticks.

Jay-Z: Made in America
12:10PM, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, Rita Ora, Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Skrillex, Tyler, The Creator
What's it about?
A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival, created by rap superstar Jay Z.

Ron Howard and Jay-Z

8MM
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
What's it about?
A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles (Cage) down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max (Phoenix), Welles follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife (Keener), family and simple life as a small-town private eye.  

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
9:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Starring: Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Iggy Pop
What's it about?
Documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history, a little-known story built around the incredible lives and careers of the some of the greatest music legends.

Vampire's Kiss
10:50PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Robert Bierman
Starring: Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Ashley, Kasi Lemmons
What's it about?
A publishing executive is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his madness deepens, it begins to look as if some of the events he's experiencing may be hallucinations.

Joe Cinque's Consolation
11:30PM, SBS

M
Australia, 2016
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Sotiris Dounoukos
Starring: Maggie Naouri, Jerome Meyer, Sacha Joseph
What's it about?
In late 1997, Anu Singh, an attractive law student in Canberra, made plans to kill her boyfriend Joe Cinque after throwing a series of macabre farewell dinner parties. The dinner guests, most of them university students, had heard various rumours about her plan, but nobody warned Joe. Joe's death and the subsequent trial drew the attention of the whole country, as the broader community struggled to come terms with how a life could fall through so many hands.

TUESDAY 22 MAY

Land of Oblivion
12:00PM, SBS

M
France, Germany, Poland, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Ukrainian, Russian
Director: Michale Boganim
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Ilya Iosifov
What's it about?
It is the morning of 26 April, 1986 in the Ukranian town of Chernobyl. Anya and Piotr celebrate their marriage, while Alexei and his son Valery plant an apple tree. Both are interrupted by an explosion at the power station, which would turn into one of the worst radioactive disasters in history. This powerful film explores what happened that fateful day, and follows the lives of these survivors ten years on.

Ludwig II
1:05AM, SBS

M
Germany, Austria, 2012
Genre: Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Marie Noëlle, Peter Sehr
Starring: Hannah Herzsprung, Sebastian Schipper, Edgar Selge, Tom Schilling
What's it about?
A dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times - from his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate support of Richard Wagner and his music; his ingenuous political commitment to his obsessive construction of extravagant palaces and his gradual withdrawal into a lonely dream world, this is an epic narrative of breathtaking grandeur.

WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 

Potiche
12:00PM, SBS

M
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Karin Viard, Fabrice Luchini, Sergi López
What's it about?
North of France, Sainte-Gudule, 1977. Suzanne (Deneuve) is the submissive, housebound wife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Luchini), who oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and 'trophy housewife’. When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when Robert returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. From the director of Swimming Pool, Under the Sand and 8 Women.

Potiche Review

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Animation
Language: English
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Minnie Driver, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, George Clooney
What's it about?
When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance and Phillip, they are pronounced 'corrupted', and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada. Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2000 Academy Awards for "Blame Canada".

Tokyo Tribe
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2014
Genre: Music, Drama, Crime, Action, Science Fiction
Language: Japanese
Director: Sion Sono
Starring: Ryôhei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino
What's it about?
Near-future Tokyo has split into 23 rival tribes that struggle for control against a backdrop of violence, sex and corruption. Tensions between two of the tribes escalate when one leader kills a rival from another tribe, and Tokyo becomes a battlefield as an all-out turf war erupts between the tribes. A typically wild offering from director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Suicide Club), who here combines the yakuza genre with martial arts fight scenes and dystopian sci-fi.

The wild Tokyo Tribe (2014), airing this Wed 29th May, 10:40PM on SBS VICELAND

Headfirst
12:05AM, SBS

M
Finland, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Finnish
Director: Antti Heikki Pesonen
Starring: Armi Toivanen, Eero Ritala, Mimosa Willamo, Kai Lehtinen
What's it about?
Headfirst is a black comedy about a single mother with anger management problems and her teenage daughter who is always in trouble at school. With yet another school comes a new teacher and a blast from the past for the mother. Before long, an accidental pickpocket and a notoriously lousy storyteller teams up with this one dysfunctional sort of a family. Nothing is the same anymore. Headfirst is a story about missing teeth, strange friends, hidden dreams and long-gone love. And about a hare.

THURSDAY 24 MAY

Beautiful Lies
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Language: French
Director: Pierre Savladori 
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila
What's it about?
This delightful French comedy stars Audrey Tautou as Emilie, a hairdresser who receives a beautiful, but anonymous love letter. She initially throws it away, before realising that it could be the way to rescue her mother who has become lonely since her husband left her. Without thinking further, she sends the letter on to her, but Emilie doesn't yet know that Jean, her shy employee, is the letter's author.

 

The Lost Arcade
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary, Documentary Feature
Language: English
Director: Kurt Vincent
What's it about?
Chinatown Fair opened as a penny arcade on Mott Street in 1944. Over the decades, the dimly lit gathering place, known for its tic-tac-toe playing chicken, became an institution, surviving turf wars between rival gangs, changing tastes and the explosive growth of home gaming systems like Xbox and Playstation that shuttered most other arcades in the city. But as the neighborhood gentrified, this haven for a diverse, unlikely community faced its strongest challenge, inspiring its biggest devotees to next-level greatness.

Turn It Up
9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Robert Adetuyi
Starring: Jason Statham, Ja Rule, Vondie Curtis-Hall
What's it about?
Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time. To pay the bills, he and Gage run drugs for "Mr. B." Inside a week, Diamond's beloved mother dies suddenly, his father appears after an absence of 12 years and wants a relationship, and his girlfriend Kia tells him she's pregnant, asking him if he's ready to be a father. Gage steals $100,000 in a multiple-felony robbery so that Diamond can record a full album, not knowing it's Mr. B's money he's taken. B wants his money, Diamond wants his music, Tia wants an answer. 

Beatriz's War
12:15AM, SBS

M
East Timor, 2013
Genre: 
Drama
Language: 
Indonesian
Director: 
Luigi Acquisto
Starring: 
Irim Tolentino, Augusta Soares, Jose Da Costa 
What's it about?
East Timor's award-winning first feature film is the haunting, passionate story of one woman's conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought. 16 years after Beatriz's husband disappeared during a brutal massacre by occupying Indonesian forces, she is troubled by his return. Is this mysterious stranger her husband or an imposter? Directed by Luigi Acquisto and Bety Reis, and stars José da Costa, Osme Gonsalves and Gaspar Sarmento.

FRIDAY 25 MAY

Life, Above All
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
South Africa, 2010
Genre: 
Drama
Language: 
Sepedi
Director: 
Oliver Schmitz
Starring: 
Khomotso Manyaka, Keaobaka Makanyane, Harriet Lenabe
What's it about?
In Elandsdoorn, a small township outside of Johannesburg, Chanda's mother is critically ill and her stepfather is an absent drunkard, leaving the 12-year-old girl to arrange for the funeral of her newborn sister and care for her younger siblings.When a neighbour sends Chandra's mother away, the girl is left to fend for her family in an increasingly hostile environment, rife with prejudice and superstition.

Life, Above All Review


Love & Mercy
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2014
Genre: 
Drama
Language: 
English
Director: 
Bill Pohlad
Starring: 
Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks 
What's it about?
Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson grapples with his inner demons during the 1960s creation of the now-classic “Pet Sounds” album, even as the late 1980s Wilson escapes the influence of the domineering Dr. Landy with the help of protective girlfriend Melinda.

Love & Mercy review

 

Adoration
11:15PM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2013
Genre: 
Drama
Language: 
English
Director: 
Anne Fontaine
Starring: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright Penn, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville
What's it about?
Lil and Roz 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.

SATURDAY 26 MAY

Jungle Shuffle
10:30AM, NITV

PG
Korea DPR, 2014
Genre: 
Drama
Language: 
English
Directors:
Taedong Park, Mauricio De la Orta
Starring:
Drake Bell, Jessica DiCicco, Brianne Brozey
What's it about?
1960 Lacedon Jungle in Mexico. Manu and Sacha are best friends. Mischievous Manu is exiled from the empire for breaking a statue ordered to be made by the king then Sacha is captured by hunters. 

Red State
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: 
Thriller
Language: 
English
Director: 
Kevin Smith
Starring: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman 
What's it about?
In Middle America, three teenagers travel to isolated Cooper’s Dell after responding to an online invitation for sex. However, their schoolboy fantasies turn sinister as Christian extremists led by the twisted but charismatic preacher Abin Cooper hold them captive in his compound known as the Five Points Church. As the Pastor and his congregation embark on a reign of unholy terror, the teenagers have to stay alive and then deal with the arrival of Federal Agent Joseph Keenan and his Special Ops team who are armed, dangerous and ready to do anything to bring this cult down. From writer-director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma).

Why You Should Watch: Red State

Chasing the Light
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: 
Comedy
Language: 
English
Director: 
Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Jason Asenap, Patricia del Rio, Scott Hale 
What's it about?
Riggs, a down on his luck screenwriter, struggles to finish a script. But failed suicide attempts, unstable friends, drug deals and memories of his ex-girlfriend interfere.

The New World
9:25PM, SBS

M
USA, 2005
Genre: 
Action Adventure, Drama, Romance
Language:
 English
Director: 
Terrence Malick
Starring: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Noah Taylor, Wes Studi
What's it about?
An adventure-filled, romantic journey of discovery set in the turbulent first days of the new America. Based on the true story, this sweeping saga tells the tale of Pocahontas, the impetuous Native American beauty whose relationship with Captain John Smith sets off a battle for a new nation. From legendary director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life).

The New World review: The long epic tale of John Smith and Pocahontas

Animal Kingdom
12:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: 
Thriller
Language: 
English
Director: 
David Michôd 
Starring: James Frecheville, Jackie Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
What's it about?
Set amidst the explosive world of a family addicted to crime, as experienced through the eyes of a naïve 17-year-old youth who enters their lair. It’s the Wild West, where criminals and police wage their war on the city’s streets, while the innocent suffer the consequences. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (World Dramatic Competition) in 2010, nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) at the next year's Academy Awards, and regarded as one of the finest contemporary Australian films.

Animal Kingdom review: Crime saga is shocking, brutal, brilliant

SUNDAY 27 MAY

Mabo: Life Of An Island Man
8:30PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1997
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Trevor Graham
What's it about?
On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie "Koiki" Mabo's tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest. Mabo-Life of an Island Man tells the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system. Though his greatest victory was won only after his death, it has forever ensured his place - on Murray Island and in Australian history.

My Survival as an Aboriginal
10:00PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination.