• From left: Results, Suburra, Tsotsi, Orlando (SBS Movies)
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
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MONDAY 9 DECEMBER

Results
7:30PM

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Starring: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker
What's it about?
Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Corrigan) is proof that money can't buy happiness. Danny's well-funded misery is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru and owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.

'Results': Delightfully Eccentric, Fitness-Focused Romcom

Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce in 2015's 'Results'

Gomorrah
9:30PM

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Italian
Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Gianfelice Imparato, Tony Servillo, Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino
What's it about?
Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, this is an inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, told through the stories of five individuals who think they can make their own compact with the Camorra. Winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2008, and five European Film Awards, including Best Film. 

Gomorrah review: A no-frills account of the realities of mob life

TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER

Love is in the Air
7:30PM

M
France, 2005
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Rémi Bezançon
Starring: Vincent Elbaz, Marion Cotillard, Elsa Kikoine, Gilles Lellouche
What's it about?
A flight instructor (Elbaz) who suffers from a debilitating fear of flying, is forced to confront the sources of his trauma. With nostalgia and humour, he takes stock of the far-reaching impact of his phobia, including the strong of failed romances that it caused.  

Suburra
9:30PM

MA15+
Italy, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: Italian
Director: Stefano Sollima
Starring: Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Amendola, Alessandro Borghi, Elio Germano
What's it about?
A gangster known as "Samurai" wants to turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas. All the local mob bosses have agreed to work for this common goal. But peace is not to last long.

WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER

Adult Life Skills
7:40PM

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Rachel Tunnard
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Eileen Davies, Alice Lowe
What's it about?
Anna (Whittaker) is stuck: she’s approaching 30 and has just moved back to her rural home-town, and into a shed in her mother’s backyard. She spends her time working a menial job at a local boating center and hides in the depths of her imagination, making movies with her thumbs. Irritated by her childish behavior, Anna's mother insists that she move out of her shed and on with her life. When a troubled young boy starts hanging around, the two form an unlikely bond.

Racer and the Jailbird
9:30PM

MA15+
Belgium, France, Netherlands, 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Language: Albanian, French, Dutch
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric de Staercke, Jean-Benoît Ugeux
What's it about?
High-flying Brussels gangster Gigi (Schoenaerts) and young upper-class racing driver Bibi (Exarchopoulos) fall in love, which causes tension on their respective sides. The third collaboration between Schoenaerts and director Michael R. Roskam, following 2011's breakthrough Bullhead and 2014's Hollywood crime drama The Drop.

THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER

Orlando
7:50PM

PG
UK, 1992
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp
What's it about?
Tilda Swinton stars as Virginia Woolf's gender-bending hero, the noble Orlando who is commanded by Queen Elizabeth to stay forever young. Orlando experiences four centuries of sexual politics, initially through the eyes of a man, until one day Orlando wakes as a woman, struggling to retain her property and status. From Sally Potter, director of The Tango Lesson (1997) and The Party (2017).

Orlando review: You can't imagine a better film adaptation than this one

The Connection
9:30PM

MA15+
Belgium, France, 2014
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Cédric Jimenez
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Benoit Magimel
What's it about?
Pierre (Dujardin), a relentlessly dedicated magistrate, is reassigned to Marseille in 1975 where the port city is ruled not by law, but by the terrifying mafia boss, Gaetan Zampa (Lellouche). Soon Pierre realises that to make a difference he will need to change his methods. Based on a true story, film tells the little known saga of how a ruthless international drug syndicate came undone. 

FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER

Gary of the Pacific
7:50PM

M
Cook Islands, New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jarrod Holt, Ryan Hutchings, Nigel McCulloch
Starring: Josh Thomson, Megan Stevenson, Matt Whelan, David Fane
What's it about?
Gary Vasis (Thomson), a struggling real-estate agent, finds himself the chief of a sinking island in the South Pacific after his father finds out he is dying.

Josh Thomson & Matt Wheelan in 'Gary of the Pacific' (2017)

Tsotsi
9:30PM

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.

SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER

Brooklyn
7:30PM

M
Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards
What's it about?
An Irish immigrant (Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, from the novel by Colm Tóibín.)

Leon: The Professional
9:35PM

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 15 DECEMBER

Lantana
7:30PM

M
Australia, 2001
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Ray Lawrence
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Vince Colosimo, Barbara Hershey, Glenn Robbins, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
A psychiatrist (Hershey) fears her husband (Rush) to be the married man with whom one of her male clients is having an affair. Meanwhile, a female client (Armstrong) suspects her husband (LaPaglia), a detective, is also being unfaithful. When the psychiatrist goes missing, the detective is put on the case and soon uncovers a tangled web of intrigue and deceit.

Lantana Review: A landmark Australian film (David and Margaret, 2001)

Natural Selection
9:45PM

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Robbie Pickering
Starring: Matt O'Leary, Rachael Harris, John Diehl
What's it about?
Having discovered that her dying husband has an illegitimate child living in Florida, a devout Christian housewife (Harris) leaves her sheltered world on a mission to reunite father and son. Winner of both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.