• From left: Charlie's Country, My Life as a Zucchini, Loving Vincent, The Baader Meinhof Complex (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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SBS Movies

8 Jan 2020 - 3:53 PM  UPDATED 8 Jan 2020 - 3:53 PM

For films showing every weeknight at 9:30pm this week as part of Nissan and SBS World Movies' Future Season:

SBS World Movies looks to the Future
SBS World Movies and Nissan bring you a week-long series of local and international science fiction films that take you into the future.

MONDAY 13 JANUARY

My Life as a Zucchini
6:15PM

PG
France, Switzerland, 2016
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Language: French
Director: Claude Barras
Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz
What's it about?
After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own. This Oscar-nominated animated feature was written by Céline Sciamma, writer-director of Girlhood and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Animated film 'My Life as a Zucchini' is simply irresistible for kids and adults alike

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.

TUESDAY 14 JANUARY

Maudie
5:25PM

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.

The First Grader
7:35PM

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 (Oliver 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 (Naomie 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 15 JANUARY

Our Little Sister
5:15PM

G
Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Ryô Kase
What's it about?
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (ShopliftersNobody KnowsStill Walking).

Our Little Sister review: Shades of Ozu in classic family drama

The Words
7:35PM

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde
What's it about?
Young writer Rory Jansen (Cooper) has finally achieved long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch: he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. 

The Words: interview with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and more

THURSDAY 16 JANUARY

Alone in Space
6:15PM

PG
Sweden, 2018
Genre: Family, Science Fiction
Language: Swedish
Director: Ted Kjellsson
Starring: Ella Rae Rappaport, Dante Fleischanderl, Aliette Opheim, Henrik Ståhl
What's it about?
In a not too distant future, the giant spacecraft Svea travels with only two passengers - 12-year-old Gladys and her little brother Keaton. The children have fled from a broken Earth and are heading towards the planet Vial, but they never seem to arrive. They spend their days exploring the giant ship and the only one they can talk to is the Japanese A.I. Otosan. But everything changes when something unknown crashes into Svea - suddenly they are not alone in space anymore.

6 Days
7:45PM

M
New Zealand, UK, 2017
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Jamie Bell, Abbie Cornish, Mark Strong, Martin Shaw, Emun Elliott
What's it about?
London, England, April 1980. Six terrorists assault the Embassy of Iran and take hostages. For six days, tense negotiations are held while the authorities decide whether a military squad should intervene.

FRIDAY 17 JANUARY

Loving Vincent
7:40PM

M
UK, Poland, 2017
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Jerome Flynn
What's it about?
This Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death.

'Loving Vincent': Awe-inspiring animated portrait of Vincent van Gogh

'Loving Vincent', a 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature

Charlie's Country
1:35AM

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford
What's it about?
Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. Displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, he takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties. From Rolf de Heer, who collaborated previously with Gulpilil for 2006's Ten Canoes and 2002's The Tracker.

Charlie’s Country Review (4 stars)

SATURDAY 18 JANUARY

Viceroy's House
7:30PM

PG
India, UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal
What's it about?
From director Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham), this film explores the last few months of the British Empire before India and Pakistan parted ways and gained their independence in 1947. Lord Mountbatten (Bonneville) assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.

The Baader Meinhof Complex
9:30PM

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: German
Director: Uli Edel
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Nadja Uhl, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz, Moritz Bleibtreu
What's it about?
The radicalised children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader (Bleibtreu), Ulrike Meinhof (Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Wokalek) are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force, Horst Herold (Ganz).

The Baader Meinhof Complex Review (4.5 stars)

SUNDAY 19 JANUARY

Son of Rambow
7:30PM

G
Germany, France, UK, 2007
Genre: Comedy
Language: French, English
Director: Garth Jennings
Starring: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes, Asa Butterfield 
What's it about?
Will Proudfoot (Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of "Rambo: First Blood", Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic. Together, these two newfound friends-turned-budding-filmmakers quickly discover that their imaginative ― and sometimes mishap-filled ― cinematic adventure has begun to take on a life of its own.

Let the Bullets Fly
9:15PM

MA15+
China, Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Jiang Wen
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Carina Lau, Ge You, Jiang Wen, Feng Xiaogang
What's it about?
Set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang (Jiang Wen) descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang (Feng Xiaogang), himself a small-time imposter. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.

Tribeca 2011: Let the Bullets Fly