• 2017's The Death of Stalin, written and directed by Armando Iannucci, is one of this week's highlights on SBS World Movies. (SBS Movies)Source: 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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6 Jan 2020 - 5:34 PM  UPDATED 6 Jan 2020 - 5:45 PM

MONDAY 6 JANUARY

In the Aisles
7:30PM

M
Germany, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: German
Director: Thomas Stuber
Starring: Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth, Henning Peker
What's it about?
After the shy and reclusive Christian (Transit's Franz Rogowski) loses his job, he starts to work for a wholesale market. Bruno (Kurth) from the Beverage aisle takes him under his wing and quickly becomes a fatherly friend to him. He shows him the ropes and patiently teaches him how to operate the fork lift. In the aisles he meets 'Sweets'-Marion (Toni Erdmann's Sandra Hüller), and is instantly smitten by her mysterious charm. 

'In the Aisles' Captures The Transformative Power of Workplace Relationships

Kokowääh
9:40PM

M
Germany, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Til Schweiger
Starring: Til Schweiger, Emma Schweiger, Jasmin Gerat, Samuel Finzi
What's it about?
Henry (Til Schweiger) is an unhappy writer who gets a second chance with the love of his life. Just as things begin to take off, Magdalena (Emma Schweiger) turns up on his doorstep - the child of a forgotten one-night-stand.

TUESDAY 7 JANUARY

Liberal Arts
7:30PM

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Josh Radnor
Starring: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney
What's it about?
Jesse Fisher (Radnor) is a disillusioned 35-year-old college admissions officer who has just broken up with his girlfriend. An invitation from his favourite college professor (Jenkins) to speak at his retirement dinner gives Jesse an opportunity to relive his glory days as an engaged and engaging literature student. At his alma mater he meets Zibby (Olsen) – a precocious classical music-loving sophomore – who awakens in him long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection.

Liberal Arts: Review (4 Stars)

Kokowääh 2
9:30PM

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Til Schweiger, Torsten Künstler
Starring: Til Schweiger, Emma Schweiger, Jasmin Gerat, Samuel Finzi
What's it about?
The story continues as the now ten-year old Magdalena is falling for a boy for the first time in her life, all while her biological father Henry is working full-time on his film project. He is dealing with impatient studio executives, an idiotic director and his eccentric star Matthias Schweighöfer.

WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY

The Company You Keep
7:30PM

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Redford
Starring: Terrence Howard, Julie Christie, Stanley Tucci, Brit Marling, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick
What's it about?
After a former member of the radical protest/terrorist organisation the Weather Underground (Sarandon) turns herself in to the FBI, a young journalist (LaBeouf) becomes determined to find the other members. Soon enough, he discovers the identity of Jim Grant (Redford), a former member who's wanted for murder. 

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
9:45PM

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 (4 Stars)

THURSDAY 9 JANUARY

Farewell
7:30PM

M
France, 2009
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French, Russian
Director: Christian Carion
Starring: Emir Kusturica, Willem Dafoe, Guillaume Canet, Alexandra Maria Lara, Fred Ward
What's it about?
Tells the true story of little-known KGB Colonel Sergei Grigoriev (Kusturica). Growing increasingly disillusioned with the Soviet government during the darkest days of the Cold War, the veteran Russian spy turns double agent and leaks state secrets to the West via the ear of French businessman, Pierre Froment (Canet).

Farewell review: A Fascinating Cold War Conspiracy

In the Loop
9:35PM

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

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY

45 Years
7:45PM

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James
What's it about?
There is just one week until Kate Mercer's (Rampling, in an Oscar-nominated performance) 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband (Courtney). The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

Interview: '45 Years' Director Andrew Haigh Wants to See the Drama Unfold

Tom Courtney and Charlotte Rampling in '45 Years'

The Death of Stalin
9:30PM

MA15+
UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Adrian McLoughlin
What's it about?
When tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin (McLoughlin) dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi) and Lavrenti Beria (Beale), the sadistic secret police chief. From Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, In the Loop and Veep.

Interview: Michael Palin & Armando Iannucci (from 29:00)

SATURDAY 11 JANUARY

Swiss Army Man
7:30PM

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Shane Carruth
What's it about?
Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank (Dano) has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body (Radcliffe) washes ashore, and he soon realises it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams (Winstead). This uncategorisably original film won the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Review: 'Swiss Army Man' Wears Its Weirdness As Badge Of Honour

Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in 'Swiss Army Man'

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
9:20PM

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

SUNDAY 12 JANUARY

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.

A Single Man
9:40PM

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Ford
Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult
What's it about?
Torn apart by the shattering impact of the death of his long-time lover, college professor George Falconer (Firth) experiences the most transformative day of his life, blending past and present, desire and despair, and discovering that love persists even after the object of love is gone. Set in a sun-drenched 1960s California coastal canyon, A Single Man marks the directorial debut of American fashion icon Tom Ford, who went on to direct 2016's Nocturnal Animals.

A Single Man with many facets
A Single Man Review