• From left: A Separation, The Wind Rises, The Skin I Live In, Girl (SBS Movies)
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include the Iranian masterpiece A Separation, Almodovar's 2016 Alice Munro adaptation Julieta, the 2018 multiple-Cannes-award-winner Girl, Marion Cotillard in the Dardenne brothers' Two Days One Night, plus Studio Ghibli faves, Pan's Labyrinth, and more...
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22 Aug 2019 - 2:21 PM  UPDATED 27 Aug 2019 - 3:44 PM

MONDAY 26 AUGUST

Rolling to You
7:30PM

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Franck Dubosc
Starring: Franck Dubosc, Alexandra Lamy, Elsa Zylberstein, Gérard Darmon
What's it about?
Jocelyn (Dubosc) is a selfish and misogynist businessman. He tries to seduce a young pretty woman by pretending to be handicapped, till the day he meets her sister (Lamy), who is also in a wheelchair.

That's Not Me
9:30PM

MA15+
Australia, USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gregory Erdstein
Starring: Alice Foulcher, Isabel Lucas, Richard Davies, Andrew S. Gilbert
What's it about?
Polly’s (Foulcher) dreams of making it as an actor are shattered when her identical twin sister Amy lands the lead role in a huge TV show. Mistaken for her famous sister at every turn, Polly decides to use Amy’s celebrity for her own advantage – free clothes, free booze, casual sex… with hilarious and disastrous consequences for them both.

TUESDAY 27 AUGUST

Mammoth
7:30PM

M
Sweden, Germany, Denmark, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Starring: Michelle Williams, Gael García Bernal, Marife Necesito, Sophie Nyweide
What's it about?
Bored of his web design job, Leo (Bernal) takes a trip to Thailand in an attempt to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife (Williams) and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid (Necesito) changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, from acclaimed director Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love, Lilya 4-Ever and Together).

The First Grader
9:50PM

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Naomie Harris
What's it about?
Hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. Maruge (Litondo), an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter feels he has earned the opportunity to learn to read and write. Moved by his plight, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a school place on an old man.

WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST

A Separation
7:30PM

PG
Iran, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sarina Farhadi, Sareh Bayat
What's it about?
A married couple (Moaadi and Hatami) is faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. Winner of both the Golden Bear (top prize) at the 2011 Berlin Festival and the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this remains one of the most celebrated and acclaimed Iranian films of all time.

A Separation Review: A mesmerising account of a complicated coupling.

Julieta
9:45PM

M
Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Emma Suárez, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Priscilla Delgado
What's it about?
Julieta (Suárez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo (Grandinetti). Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea (Michelle Jenner), former best friend of her estranged daughter Antia, who reveals that Antia is living in Switzerland, married, and with three children. Shaken by the first news she’s heard about her daughter in 12 years, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and moves to the apartment where she used to live with Antia, in the hope that her daughter will send her a letter. 

Cannes: Pedro Almodovar talks about Panama Papers, 'Julieta', and Hollywood's 'diabolical sexism'

THURSDAY 29 AUGUST

A United Kingdom
7:30PM

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport
What's it about?
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams (Pike), the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

Two Days, One Night
9:35PM

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne,  Luc Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
In an Academy-award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From the acclaimed, multiple-Cannes-prize-winning directing team the Dardenne brothers (The Child, The Kid With a Bike).

Two Days, One Night Review: As Tense and Urgent As Any Heist Movie

FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
4:55PM

PG
Japan, 2013
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Director: Isao Takahata
Voice Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata
What's it about?
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. A Studio Ghibli film, from legendary director Isao Takahata (Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies).

Girl
9:10PM

M
Belgium, Netherlands, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch, English, French
Director: Lukas Dhont
Starring: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts
What's it about?
Determined 15-year-old Lara (Polster) is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara's adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realises her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy. Winner of four Cannes awards including the Queer Palm and Golden Camera, for best directorial debut.

'Girl' Film Review: Deserves the recognition of both Billy Elliot and Tomboy

SATURDAY 31 AUGUST

Sunshine
7:30PM

M
UK, 2007
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh
What's it about?
In the near future, the sun is dying and the crew of the spaceship Icarus II are on a mission to reignite the sun with a nuclear device. The mission is thrown into turmoil when the crew receive a distress signal from another ship which disappeared seven years earlier and tough decisions have to be made. From Danny Boyle, director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.

Shaolin
9:35PM

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Benny Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing
What's it about?
China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighbouring lands. Fueled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie (Lau) sneers at Shaolin’s masters when he beats one of them in a duel. When his family is wiped out by a rival warlord, Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords and they launch a daring plan of rescue and escape.

Shaolin: Growth through discipline

SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

The Wind Rises
7:30PM

PG
Japan, 2013
Genre: Drama, Biography, Animation
Language: Japanese, German, French
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice cast: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto
What's it about?
An account of Jiro Horikoshi, a would-be pilot, who designed the fighter planes deployed by the Japanese army in World War Two. When Jiro's dreams to become a pilot are dashed by his short-sightedness, he takes a job in the aircraft division of an engineering company where he flourishes as a designer, and his talent takes him to the top of his field. Miyazaki guides us through pivotal moments in Jiro's life, through the Great Depression and into the war.

Pan's Labyrinth
9:50PM, SBS 

MA15+
Spain, 2006
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdu
What's it about?
Accompanied by her parents, Ofelia (Baquero) moves from a large Spanish city to a  rural area in the North of the country. Faced with the upheaval of moving home, an abusive stepfather (Lopez) and the general unpleasantness surrounding Franco's victory in 1944, Ofelia enters an imaginary world of creatures and demons, in a bid to escape. From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water), and the winner of three 2007 Academy Awards for cinematography, art direction and makeup.

Pan's Labyrinth Review: Fantasy cinema at its finest