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Beat the heat with this epic collection of Hollywood blockbusters, Oscar favourites and arthouse hits currently streaming at SBS On Demand.
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15 Jan 2020 - 11:54 AM  UPDATED 17 Jan 2020 - 1:55 PM

The 12th Man

MA15+
Norway, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Northern Sami, English, German
Director: Harald Zwart
Starring: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
What's it about?
After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, a Norwegian resistance fighter (Gullestad) finds himself fleeing the Gestapo through the snowbound reaches of Scandinavia.

'The 12th Man': Intense Tale of Survival in Nazi-occupied Norway

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, William Hurt
What's it about?
In a future world of runaway global warming and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspect of their lives with sophisticated companion robots called Mechas. When an advanced prototype robot child named David (Osment) is programmed to show unconditional love, his human family isn't prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, David is on his own in a strange and dangerous world and embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secret of his own identity. Originally a project that was to be directed by Stanley Kubrick, who handed it to Steven Spielberg in 1995.

Adult Life Skills

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.

Babel

MA15+
France, USA, Mexico, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
A rifle shot in the Moroccan desert sets in a motion a series of events that will have tragic consequences for the two young Moroccan gunmen, as well as a married American couple who are grieving on holiday, a Mexican nanny struggling to make ends meet and a rebellious, deaf Japanese girl.

Babel: Alejandro González Iñárritu interview
Babel betters with age
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s epic ‘Babel’ embodies the greatness of Mexican cinema

Beauty and the Beast

PG
France, 2014
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
In this adaptation of the classic fairy tale, an unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter (Seydoux) of a merchant (Dussollier) offers herself to the mysterious beast (Cassel) to which her father has become indebted. 

Biutiful

MA15+
Spain, Mexico, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
Starring: Javier Bardem, Eduard Fernández
What's it about?
This is the journey of Uxbal (Bardem, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life’s corridors. From Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director of BabelBirdman and The Revenant.

Bardem plays Biutiful on and off-screen

Borg vs. McEnroe

M
Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Janus Metz Pedersen
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
What's it about?
It’s the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship - the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (LaBeouf).

Shia LaBeouf Shines In 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg and Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe in 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

Breathe

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Andy Serkis
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
In 1957, Robin Cavendish (Garfield), a dashing, charismatic young Englishman, meets a beautiful woman named Diana Blacker (Foy) and swiftly decides to marry her. He takes his new wife out to Kenya, where he works as a tea broker. But within months, he is struck down by polio, which leaves him completely paralysed from the neck down, and dependent on a respirator to ‘breathe’ for him. 

Carol

M
USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance, LGBTIQ+
Language: English
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler
What's it about?
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel 'The Price of Salt', the 1950s-set romantic drama from acclaimed director Todd Haynes (Far From HeavenI'm Not There) follows Carol (Blanchett), a Manhattan socialite trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience with Harge (Chandler), whose life is forever changed when she meets a department store clerk (Mara). Nominated for five Academy awards, including Best Actress (Blanchett), Supporting Actress (Mara), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score and Costume Design.

Carol review: A magnificent, mesmerising account of mid-century desire

Churchill

PG
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham
What's it about?
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill (Cox). Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment.

Cloverfield

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: Russian, English
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, T. J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Odette Annable
What's it about?
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

Refused Classification reviews Cloverfield (4 stars)

The Counterfeiters

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime, War
Language: German
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Devid Striesow
What's it about?
Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch (Markovics) is an expert Jewish counterfeiter enjoying the good life until he’s sent to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. Sally manages to survive for five years before transfer to Sachsenhausen, where he is assigned to produce perfect forgeries of British and US banknotes for the Third Reich. 

The Counterfeiters review: A stunning piece of cinema

The Death of Stalin

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)

Despite the Falling Snow

M
Canada, UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Shamim Sarif
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Sam Reid, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Thure Lindhardt
What's it about?
New York, 1961. Alexander Ivanov, a high-ranked Soviet bureaucrat, reluctantly defects to the West while is part of a diplomatic mission, feeling the grief of being unable to know the fate of his wife Katya, whom he has had to leave behind in Moscow. Only many years later, in 1991, he will finally find out the truth when his niece Lauren travels to Moscow to participate in a painting exhibition.

The Duchess

M
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring:  Keira Knightley, Georgia King, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling, Ralph Fiennes
What's it about?
The tale of a woman (Knightley) who became one of the world’s first celebrities, who was adored by all the people of England, save one: her husband, the Duke (Fiennes). Once she marries him, she will attain the very heights of society. Yet, for all her power and notoriety, for all the affection she receives from the masses, she will have to break all of society’s rules, and sacrifice everything, the set her own passionate heart free.

Fences

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

Gary of the Pacific

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)

Gomorrah

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

Hidden

MA15+
France, Austria, 2005
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Annie Girardot
What's it about?
The host of a popular literary TV show, Georges (Auteuil), and his wife Anne (Binoche) live with their teenage son, Pierrot (Makedonsky) in a Paris suburb, where they discover they are being secretly filmed. Tapes arrive on their doorstep, growing in their intrusiveness. The mystery unsettles and unravels his family and his life, as his secret, hidden guilt drives him to try and find answers, which may be buried in his own childhood. From Michael Haneke, acclaimed director of Funny Games, The Piano Teacher, The White Ribbon and Amour.

Il Divo

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto
What's it about?
A chronicle of the character and career of the seven-time Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti (Servillo), renowned for leading one after another of Italy’s rapid succession of administrations and surviving a major bribery and corruption investigation, while opponents and former allies mysteriously dropped dead around him. From Paolo Sorrentino, director of The Great Beauty and The Young Pope.

Why You Should Watch: Il Divo

In the Loop

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

Joan of Arc

MA15+
France, 1999
Genre: 
Action, Drama, History
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway
What's it about?
Luc Besson's (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) epic medieval war saga about the iconic French heroin and religious martyr of the 15th century. In 1429, a teenage girl (Jovovich) from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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

Kon-Tiki

M
UK, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Action
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
What's it about?
The story of the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's (Hagen) epic 101 day, 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947. Along with 5 adventurous companions, Heyerdal sought to prove his theory that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview

La Vie en Rose

M
France, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
A biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf (Cotillard, in an Oscar-winning performance), whose voice and talent captivated the world. The remarkable artist was born into poverty but survived using the only gift she had – her voice. Piaf's tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets.  

La Vie En Rose review: You will have no regrets seeing this.

Lantana

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)

Lion

M
Australia, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
What's it about?
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Nominated for six 2017 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and one of the most commercially successful Australian-made films of all time.

Director Garth Davis on his first feature film 'Lion'

A Long Way Down

M
UK, Germany, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots
What's it about?
Four strangers meet unintentionally on the roof of a London high-rise, each with the intent of committing suicide. They agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.

The Lunchbox

PG
India, France, Germany, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Lonely housewife Ila (Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery winds up in the hands of Saajan (Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband's response, Ila adds a note to the next day's lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person.

Irrfan Khan opens up about The Lunchbox, love letters and his favourite foods (interview)
The Lunchbox Review: Gentle romance gets the flavours just right

Madame Bovary

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sophie Barthes
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes
What's it about?
Adapted from Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor (Lloyd-Hughes) to leave her father’s (Giamatti) pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.

My King

MA15+
France, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Maïwenn
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel, Isild Le Besco
What's it about?
Tony (Bercot, who won the Best Actress prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival) is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio (Cassel).

mother!

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer
What's it about?
A couple's (Lawrence, Bardem) relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. The controversial latest feature from Darren Aronofsky, director of The WrestlerBlack Swan and Requiem For a Dream.

The Motorcycle Diaries

M
Argentina, USA, 2004
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mercedes Morán
What's it about?
This acclaimed film is based on the written memoir of Che Guevara. In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and his younger friend, the 23-year-old student close to finishing his medical degree, Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. By the time they get to Machu Pichu, the middle class young men have begun to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, big business and the sheer hardship of daily life. 

The Movie Show reviews The Motorcycle Diaries. The Movie Show Episode 36 2004

The Past

M
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim
What's it about?
An Iranian man (Mosaffa) deserts his French wife and children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife Marie (Bejo, winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival prize for Best Actress) starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce, unveiling a secret from their past. From acclaimed writer-director Asghar Farhadi, whose films A Separation and The Salesman have won Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 and 2017 Academy Awards.

The Past review: Farhadi betters his Oscar-winning break-up tale
The Past: Asghar Farhadi interview

Romeo & Juliet

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Carlo Carlei
Starring: Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Paul Giamatti
What's it about?
In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague (Booth) manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet (Stanfield), their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but dismayed to learn that their families are enemies. Romeo and Juliet figure out a way to pursue their romance, but Romeo is banished for his part in the slaying of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt.

The Score

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett
What's it about?
Career thief Nick Wells (De Niro) is about to mastermind a nearly impossible theft that will require his joining forces with a clever young accomplice (Norton). The unlikely alliance, arranged by Nick's longtime friend and fence, Max (Brando), interrupts Nick's plan to retire from crime and settle down with his fiancee, Diane (Farmer). Worse - it requires that Nick violate his most important rule: always work alone.

Sink or Swim

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Gilles Lellouche
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Marina Fois, Benoit Poelvoorde
What's it about?
40-year-old Bertrand (Amalric) has been suffering from depression for the last two years and is barely able to keep his head above water. Despite the medication he gulps down all day, every day, and his wife's encouragement, he is unable to find any meaning in his life. Curiously, he will end up finding this sense of purpose at the swimming pool, by joining an all-male synchronised swimming team.

French star Gilles Lellouche makes a directorial splash with 'Sink or Swim'

Stop-Loss

MA15+
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum
What's it about?
A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.

Sweet Country

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

Warwick Thornton talks up his Venice award-winning film, 'Sweet Country'

Swiss Army Man

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'

This Beautiful Fantastic

PG
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English, Irish
Director: Simon Aboud
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine
What's it about?
A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman (Finday) with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower (Wilkinson), set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. 

Youth

MA
UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: German, Spanish, English
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda
What's it about?
Two lifelong friends ponder retirement while vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge. While Fred (Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Weisz), Mick (Keitel) is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? From Paolo Sorrentino, director of The Young Pope and The Great Beauty.