• From left: In the Loop, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Leon, Gandhi (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Armando Iannucci's profanely hilarious In The Loop, the Oscar-winning 2005 South African crime drama Tsotsi, Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in Yorgos Lanthimos' thriller The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Fatih Akin's 2016 road movie Tschick (aka Goodbye Berlin), the Best Picture-winning Gandhi, and more...
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MONDAY 12 AUGUST

Big Fish
6:15PM

PG
USA, 2003 
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
When Edward Bloom (played by Finney in the present day and McGregor as a younger man in flashbacks) becomes ill, his son, William (Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling.

In the Loop
8:35PM

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Gina Mckee, Anna Chlumsky
What's it about?
In the lead up to sanctioning American and British military action in the Middle East, a gaffe by a minor British government minister (Hollander) gives hope to anti-war supporters. The politician and a staffer are sent to Washington to appease Britain’s ally, but they soon become pawns in the backroom dealings that are seemingly at odds with the reality of what is about to occur. Based on the BBC series "The Thick Of It" (also starring Capaldi as the iconic Malcolm Tucker), this spin-off film was a 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay.

In the Loop Review: Potty-mouthed politics at its best

TUESDAY 13 AUGUST

Mao's Last Dancer
6:30PM

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Mandarin
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Chi Cao, Joan Chen, Shuangbao Wang, Kyle MacLachlan, Bruce Greenwood
What's it about?
 In 1972, 11-year-old Li Cunxin (Cao) is living with his parents, Niang (Chen) and Dia (Wang), and six siblings while attending a tumbledown school in Shandong province. Li's life changes when representatives of Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy visit his school, and he is one of several students believed to have promise as a dancer. While life at the school is difficult for Li and many of the instructors are harsh and unforgiving, Chan takes the boy under his wing and grooms him into one of the school's star pupils. Based on a true story, and directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant).

Tsotsi
8:40PM

M
South Africa, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Matseke-Zulu
What's it about?
Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto – where survival is the primary objective – this film traces six days in the life of ruthless young gang leader Tsotsi (Chweneyagae), who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking. Winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
6:15PM

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Heath Ledger, Tom Waits
What's it about?
A fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. With his extraordinary travelling show "The Imaginarium", Dr. Parnassus (Plummer) offers to members of the audience an irresistible opportunity to enter their universe of imaginations and wonders, by passing through a magical mirror. But Dr. Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick (Waits), in which he won immortality. From cult director and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam (Brazil,12 Monkeys)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
8:30PM

MA15+
UK, USA, Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp
What's it about?
Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife (Kidman) and two children (played by Rafey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Keoghan), a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor's life in gradually unsettling ways. From Yorgos Lanthimos, acclaimed writer-director of Dogtooth, The Lobster and The Favourite.

'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' review: Masterfully Orchestrated, Extremely Discomforting

THURSDAY 15 AUGUST

Maudie
6:35PM

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Aisling Walsh
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett
What's it about?
The true story of the unlikely romance between reclusive Everett Lewis (Hawke) and his housekeeper, the fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Hawkins). Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, and to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. The film charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

50 Is The New 30
8:45PM

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Valérie Lemercier
Starring: Valérie Lemercier, Denis Podalydès, Patrick Timsit, Xavier Lemaître
What's it about?
Dumped by her husband and downsized out of her job, Marie-Francine (Lemercier) has to move back in with her parents - at the age of 50. They treat her like a child, but it is in the small e-cigarette shop they open for her that she finds love with Miguel (Timsit), a chef who doesn't admit to her that he is in the same situation. It's not easy having a young heart in a middle-age body, but Marie-Francine proves to us that 50 is the new 30. 

FRIDAY 16 AUGUST

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
6:40PM

PG
France, Germany, 2002
Genre: Family, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Alain Chabat, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
Cleopatra (Bellucci), Queen of Egypt, decides to prove to Caesar that Egypt is the greatest civilisation by ordering the construction of a palace in the middle of the desert in only three months. Architect Numerobis, in charge of the daunting project, worries about the deadline and decides to call on the help of his friends Asterix (Depardieu) and Obelix (Chabat), druid Getafix, who thanks to his magic potion, might be able to save him from the crocodile pit.

Tschick [aka Goodbye Berlin]
8:45PM

M
Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: German
Director: Fatih Akin
Starring: Anand Batbileg, Tristan Göbel, Nicole Mercedes Müller, Uwe Bohm
What's it about?
Mike (Göbel) is a loner: no friends, no hobbies, no girlfriend. That is until he meets Tschick (Batbileg), who's new in school, looks like he's been in a lot of fights and has a tendency to be drunk. At the beginning of the summer break, Tschick shows up at Mike's door with a stolen car and together they start the adventure of their lifetime: no parents, no maps, no plan - but definitely a lot of fun. From Fatih Akin, writer-director of Head-On, The Edge of Heaven and In the Fade.

SATURDAY 17 AUGUST

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
7:30PM

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Declan Lowney
Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Darren Boyd, Sean Pertwee
What's it about?
To save his own job, Alan Partridge (Coogan) gets radio colleague Pat (Meaney) laid off, but when the man returns to the station with a shotgun and a siege ensues, Alan is given the high-profile role of go-between, trying to appease both the hostage taker and armed police. The first big-screen outing for Coogan's beloved Alan Partridge character.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Review: I laughed myself stupid

Leon: The Professional
9:10PM, SBS

MA15+
France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What's it about?
Léon (Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-silent and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn't seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer (Oldman), Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family's killer. From cult director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Nikita).

Leon: The Professional Review: An inventive and strange cult classic

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional, showing this Saturday on SBS

SUNDAY 18 AUGUST

Gandhi
7:30PM

PG
UK, India, 1982
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Martin Sheen, John Mills
What's it about?
In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi (Kingsley), 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.