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When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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14 Feb 2020 - 2:22 PM  UPDATED 14 Feb 2020 - 2:48 PM

For movie highlights this week on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 17 - 23 February
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

 

MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY

After the Apology
12:00PM, NITV (repeats Thursday 19 February, 9:25PM)

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Featuring: Debra Swan, Aunty Hazel Collins, Karen Fusi, Suellyn Tighe
What's it about?
The rate of Indigenous child removal has actually increased since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. This documentary follows four grandmothers find as they find each other and start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.

TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY

Lasting
1:00AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Poland, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Polish
Director: Jacek Borcuch
Starring: Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus, Ángela Molina
What's it about?
Michal (Gierszal) and Karina (Berus) are a pair of Polish students who meet and fall in love while working summer jobs in Spain. But both Michał and Karina return to Poland bearing secrets, one dark and one full of great promise. How they negotiate these secrets will dictate whether they can last together or not.

WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY

Takeover
10:30AM, NITV

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
China, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Kris Wu, Lin Gengxin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun, Yang Yiwei, Mengke Bateer
What's it about?
Tang Monk brings three disciples on a journey to the West. On the outside, everything seems harmonious. However, tension is present beneath the surface, and their hearts and minds are not in agreement. After a series of demon-capturing events, the monk and his disciples gain mutual understanding of each others' hardships and unease. Finally, they resolve their inner conflict and work together to become an all-conquering, demon-exorcising team.

Mr. Six
11:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2015
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Guan Hu
Starring: Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Hanyu, Li Yi Feng, Kris Wu, Xu Qing, Liu Hua
What's it about?
Many years ago Mr. Six was a notorious gangster. That was back when there was still such a thing as honour among thieves, when criminals earned respect and maintained principles. These days Mr. Six is all but forgotten, a living relic residing in a narrow alley. One day Six's son, Xiaobo, is abducted by some spoiled punks after he scratches their precious Ferrari. Mr. Six realizes that he must do whatever it takes to get his son back — even if that means returning to the life he thought he had left behind.

Rey's Education
12:00AM, SBS

M
Argentina, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Santiago Esteves
Starring: Matías Encinas, Germán de Silva, Jorge Prado, Mario Jara, Martín Arroyo
What's it about?
Escaping from his criminal baptism, Reynaldo Galíndez (Encinas), called el Rey, breaks into the patio of the house where Carlos Vargas (Da Silva), a retired security guard, lives. Carlos proposes Reynaldo a deal: he will repair the damage caused and, in return, Carlos will not call the police.

What We Did on Our Holiday
1:45AM, SBS

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly
What's it about?
Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Atlantis Rising
3:40PM, SBS

G
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Simcha Jacobovici
What's it about?
For thousands of years, the legend of Atlantis has fascinated the public and the historical community alike. There is plenty of controversy surrounding its existence and whether or not there was ever any evidence of it to begin with. Atlantis Rising follows executive producer and Oscar-winner James Cameron; filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici; and a group of archaeologists, scientists and historians as they set out to search for the true ‘Atlantean’ civilisation and for a possible location for the lost city itself.

Mo' Better Blues
9:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson
What's it about?
Bleek Gilliam (Washington) is a talented and self-centred jazz tumpeteer, whose single-minded concentration on his music leaves many, especially the women in his life, scrambling for his attention. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's (Snipes) friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.

Interview with Cinda Williams and Joie Lee, stars of Mo' Better Blues (The Movie Show, Episode 34 1990)

FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY

Suzanne
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Katell Quillévéré
Starring: Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adèle Haenel
What's it about?
Suzanne (Forestier) and Maria (Haenel, from Portrait of a Lady on Fire) are sisters who are extremely close. Nicolas (Damiens), their at times clumsy but loving father, runs the household the very best he can - until the day that Suzanne, barely a teenager, gets pregnant. 

Kaitangata Twitch
7:45PM, NITV (repeats Saturday 22 February, 10:00AM)

PG
New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Children
Language: English
Director: Yvonne Mackay
Starring: Te Waimarie Kessell, George Henare
What's it about?
A supernatural eco-thriller for young teenagers, based on the novel from internationally acclaimed New Zealand author, Margaret Mahy, about a girl caught up in a fight over a beautiful wild island.

Kaitangata Twitch

5th World
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 2:20AM)

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Navajo
Director: Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Livandrea Knoki, Sheldon Silentwalker, Ernest Tsosie III
What's it about?
Two young Navajos hitch hike home through the Navajo reservation, falling in love along the way. This debut feature from maverick Navajo filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (Chasing the Light) premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Beauty and the Beast
10:25PM, SBS

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. 

SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Near Dark
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
What's it about?
A mid-western farm boy (Pasdar) reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl (Wright) he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires (including Hendriksen and Paxton) who roam the highways in stolen cars. From Kathryn Bigelow, director of Point Break and The Hurt Locker.

Forget The Lost Boys: the coolest vampire movie of the ‘80s is Near Dark
The Movie Show reviews Near Dark. The Movie Show Episode 18, 1988

Lace Hendriksen, Jenny Wright and Bill Paxton in 1987's 'Near Dark'

Check It
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer
What's it about?
Fed up with being pushed around, a group of gay and trans teens of colour form a gang and fight back on the brutal streets of Washington D.C. They call their gang ‘Check it’ and this group of one-time victims of bullying, rape and abuse have turned the tables on anyone trying to hurt them. The group formed to provide its members safety in numbers and let people know that if they jump a queer kid in D.C., they may get beaten into a coma. 

The Danish Girl
9:30PM, SBS

M
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw
What's it about?
The story of Danish painter Einar Wegener (Redmayne, in an Oscar-nominated performance) as she discovers she identifies as a woman, becoming one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery. From Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables).

Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper talk transgender challenges with 'The Danish Girl'

Redfern Now: Promise Me
10:05PM, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2015 
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Wayne Blair
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Rarriwuy Hick
What's it about?
Two young women are raped on their way home. The story follows the lives of both women and the different ways they deal with the crime. Winner of the 2015 Logie award for Most Outstanding Actress (Deborah Mailman).

Blue Velvet
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Laura Dern
What's it about?
A college student (MacLachlan) stumbles across a bizarre mystery after discovering a severed ear and wants to know more, perhaps too much more. The strange world he's found lurking beneath his hometown's picture-postcard veneer is about to become much stranger. Controversial upon its initial release, this film remains one of Lynch's signature works, and earned him a Best Director nomination at the 1987 Academy Awards.

The top 10 most Lynchian things David Lynch has ever done

Mao's Last Dancer
11:45PM, SBS

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Mandarin
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Chi Cao, Joan Chen, Shuangbao Wang, Kyle MacLachlan, Bruce Greenwood
What's it about?
 In 1972, 11-year-old Li Cunxin (Cao) is living with his parents, Niang (Chen) and Dia (Wang), and six siblings while attending a tumbledown school in Shandong province. Li's life changes when representatives of Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy visit his school, and he is one of several students believed to have promise as a dancer. While life at the school is difficult for Li and many of the instructors are harsh and unforgiving, Chan takes the boy under his wing and grooms him into one of the school's star pupils. Based on a true story, and directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant).

The Hunt
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND 

MA15+
Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
What's it about?
A teacher (Mikkelsen) lives a lonely life following a difficult divorce, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. This acclaimed film (written & directed by Festen's Thomas Vinterberg) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen interview

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

The Last Waltz
4:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1978
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's classic rockumentary intertwines footage from The Band's incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and features performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, and other rock legends. 

The Last Waltz: Review (The Movie Show)

Bone Tomahawk
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Western, Horror
Language: English
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins
What's it about?
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt, sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission - and survival itself - in serious jeopardy. From S. Craig Zahler, writer-director of Brawl In Cell Block 99  Dragged Across Concrete.

Kurt Russell stars in the 2015 western-horror hybrid Bone Tomahawk, showing this Wednesday 27th March at 8:35PM

Killing Patient Zero
8:35PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Laurie Lynd
What's it about?
When a new, deadly virus spreads across North America at an alarming rate, one man is singled out for bringing the disease to the country. Skilfully revealing the homophobia behind the headlines, this doc traces the devastating impact of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and clears the name of the Québécois flight attendant who was infamously known as “patient zero.”

Killing Patient Zero

Kiki
10:20PM, NITV

MA15+
Sweden, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sara Jordenö
What's it about?
25 years after Paris is Burning, we dive back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, we’re granted exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC.

Why You Should Watch: Kiki

Red Hill
11:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Thriller, Action, Western
Language: English
Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Claire van der Boom
What's it about?
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kwanten), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission - and survival itself - in serious jeopardy.

Deep Water: The Real Story
11:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Amanda Blue
What's it about?
Individual stories are woven together to explore a spate of violence and crime, which bloodied Sydney's coastline in the 1980s and 1990s. Disturbing gang assaults were being carried out on coastal cliffs around Sydney, and mysterious deaths officially recorded as 'suicide', 'disappearance' and 'misadventure'. Survivors, witnesses, families of victims and many of those involved at the time including ex-police, investigative journalists, forensic pathologists and the ex-Deputy State Coroner are now candidly speaking out on the events of the past in the hope that new evidence might rise to the surface.

Juan of the Dead
12:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Cuba, Spain, 2011
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejandro Brugués
Starring: Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andros Perugorría, Andrea Duro
What's it about?
While Havana is full of zombies hungry for human flesh, official media reported that the disturbances are caused by dissidents paid by the United States. Panic seizes all until Juan comes to the rescue: he discovers he can kill the undead destroying his brain, and decides to start a small business under the slogan "We kill your loved ones."