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Highlights this week on SBS World Movies include the smash hit anime Your Name., the NYC coming-of-age drama Little Men, the Turkish Oscar-nominee Mustang, the Jim Jarmusch classic Down By Law, stage adaptations Fences (with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis) and Una (starring Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara), and more...
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MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

Walking on Sunshine
7:30PM

PG
UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Italian, English
Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Starring: Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti, Greg Wise, Katy Brand
What's it about?
Set to a soundtrack of popular hit songs from the 1980s, this film take place in a beautiful coastal village, present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie (Scholey) is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf (Berruti), and has invited her sister Taylor (Arterton) to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor's ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life.

How to Break Up with Your Douchebag
9:20PM

M
Mexico, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Gabriela Tagliavini
Starring: Mariana Treviño, Camila Sodi, Christopher Von Uckermann, Marina de Tavira
What's it about?
As far as sisters go, Natalia (Sodi) and Amanda (Treviño) don't have much in common. Amanda is a therapist who helps women end their destructive relationships, while Natalia is a yoga-loving free spirit. But after Amanda finds out Natalia is dating a jerk, she will go to any lengths to protect her sister. In the process of the impossible task of trying to break them up, Natalia finds herself opening up to the unfamiliar concept of love. 

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

Hector and the Search for Happiness
7:30PM

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Language: German, English, French
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno
What's it about?
Hector (Pegg) is an eccentric psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

The House by the Sea
9:45PM

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Arabic
Director: Robert Guediguian
Starring: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Jacques Boudet
What's it about?
By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man (Darroussin). His three children have gathered by his side for his last days. It’s time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil. From Robert Guediguian, director of The Town is Quiet and Army of Crime.

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

Little Men
7:30PM

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Paulina García, Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina
What's it about?
Jake (Taplitz) is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Barbieri) at his grandfather's funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake's father, Brian (Kinnear), and Tony's mother, Leonor (García), threatens to become contentious. From Ira Sachs, writer and director of Love Is Strange and Keep The Lights On.

'Little Men' Review: Insightful New York Indie Tackles Gentrification
Ira Sachs on his characters' humanity, working with kids in 'Little Men', and marriage equality

Your Name.
9:05PM

PG
Japan, 2016
Genre: Romance, Animation, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring (voice cast): Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara
What's it about?
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo, while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he's never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

Your Name review: Story of distant love is a tender genre-bender

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

Mustang
7:30PM

M
Turkey, France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Turkish
Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Starring: Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, İlayda Akdoğan
What's it about?
Young orphaned Turkish girl Lale (Sensoy) and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. However, the ‘immorality’ of their play sets off a scandal. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instead of attending school, the girls are forced to learn homemaking skills, and talks of arranged marriages begin. Discontented, the five sisters who share a common passion for freedom find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Deniz Gamze Erguven interview

Walk with Me
9:20PM

MA15+
Denmark, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Lisa Ohlin
Starring: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Cecilie Lassen, Karen-Lise Mynster
What's it about?
Deployed on mission in Helmand, Afghanistan, 25-year old Thomas (Følsgaard) steps on a landmine and loses both his legs. At the local rehabilitation center, he meets Sofie (Lassen), an ascending ballerina from the Royal Danish Ballet, who is helping a relative to regain strength after a long term sickness. Thomas desperately wants back in the field and gets impatient as progress does not emerge as fast as he wants to. When Sofie offers to help him with a more intense rehabilitation plan, he accepts. Despite their differences, they develop a special bond and a mutual affection.

FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

Fences
7:30PM

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Denzel Washington
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Henderson
What's it about?
In 1950s Pittsburgh, a frustrated African-American father (Washington, in an Academy Award-nominated performance) struggles with the constraints of poverty, racism, and his own inner demons as he tries to raise a family. Featuring Viola Davis' Oscar-winning performance for Best Supporting Actress.

Fences review: Denzel Washington builds a towering achievement

Una
10:00PM

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Benedict Andrews
Starring: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed
What's it about?
When a young woman (Mara) unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s (Mendelsohn) workplace looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Based on the 2005 play Blackbird by Scottish playwright David Harrower, who adapted his own script for the film, this film also marks the cinematic directorial debut of Australian theater director Benedict Andrews.

Una review: Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara give nuance to stagey story

SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

Turning Tide
7:30PM

M
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Christophe Offenstein
Starring: François Cluzet, Guillaume Canet, Samy Seghir, Virginie Efira
What's it about?
Taciturn Breton, Yann Kermadec (Cluzet), is in luck after his friend Franck (Canet) breaks a leg, and Yann steps in to replace him as skipper on a high-tech yacht for the Vendee Globe, a strictly solo three month round-the-world yacht race. Yann has always dreamed of winning this race but early misfortune sees him bound to the Canary Islands for a while. When he finally rejoins the race he realises a stowaway has come on board, which Yann sees as yet another disruption to his journey.  

Fog in August
9:25PM

M
Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Kai Wessel
Starring: Ivo Pietzcker, Sebastian Koch, Fritzi Haberlandt, Thomas Schubert
What's it about?
A Roma boy (Pietzcker) is placed in a mental hospital and experiences the Nazi euthanasia program, which killed more than five thousand children. Aware of what was happening and attached to friends, the lad attempts to sabotage the program. The film addresses the complexities of the program director, the lives of the child victims, and the struggles of the child protagonist.

SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
7:30PM

G
Canada, France, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Language: English
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Callum Keith Rennie
What's it about?
A 12-year-old cartographer (Catlett) secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father (Rennie) and scientist mother (Carter) and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, co-director of Amelie, Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children.

Down By Law
9:30PM

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Comedy, Cult
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits, John Lurie, Ellen Barkin
What's it about?
A DJ (Waits), a pimp (Lurie) and an Italian tourist (Benigni) are arrested on the same night in New Orleans and thrown in to a cell together. The trio manages to break out of jail and find themselves hopelessly lost in the Louisiana Bayou. After days of fighting and squabbling, they chance upon a small café run by another recent immigrant from Italy. One of them immediately falls in love with the beautiful Italian and wants to stay on. From cult director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Paterson, Only Lovers Left Alive).