• From left: Woman at War, Pride, Sophie's Choice, Das Boot (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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18 Feb 2020 - 3:20 PM  UPDATED 21 Feb 2020 - 12:45 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 24 February - 1 March
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.

MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY

Sink or Swim
7:30PM

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'

Erik & Erika
9:45PM

MA15+
Austria, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Reinhold Bilgeri
Starring: Markus Freistätter, Birgit Melcher, Gerhard Liebmann, Anna Posch, Lili Epply
What's it about?
Erik/Erika Schinegger - the ski sensation that became media sensation. As Erika she was celebrated. As newly discovered Erik repudiated and accused of fraud. A true story about the injustice of nature, the taboo topics in Austria in the 1970s.

Erik & Erika

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY

5 Flights Up
7:50PM

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, Carrie Preston, Cynthia Nixon
What's it about?
A dynamic duo must decide whether or not to sell their Brooklyn apartment of 40 years. Couple, Ruth (Keaton) and Alex (Freeman) have to contend with eccentric open house guests, their pushy realtor niece, and the health of their beloved family dog - all while navigating a New York on edge from what turns out to be a media-generated frenzy. Based on the novel Heroic Measures by Jill Ciment, which was hailed by Oprah and praised by the Los Angeles Times as 'a brave, generous, nearly perfect novel.'

Adam
9:30PM

M
USA, 2019
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Rhys Ernst
Starring: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine, Margaret Qualley
What's it about?
Adam (Alexander), an awkward teen, spends a summer with his older sister, who is part of New York City's lesbian and trans activist scene. He meets the girl of his dreams (Menuez) but can't figure out how to tell her he's not the trans man she thinks he is. Based on the novel by Ariel Schrag (who also wrote the film's script).

'Adam' Unconventionally Approaches Transgender Issues

WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY

The Odyssey
7:15PM

PG
France, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: English, French, Italian, German
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas
What's it about?
1948. Jacques Cousteau (Wilson), his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean, but all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world: and he is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve this. 

BPM (Beats per Minute)
9:30PM

MA15+
France, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Robin Campillo
Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Félix Maritaud
What's it about?
In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organisation is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

'BPM (Beats Per Minute)': Sprawling, Thrilling, Heartbreaking AIDS Activism Drama
In love and war: Philippe Mangeot on writing 'BPM'

THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY

Woman at War
7:35PM

M
France, Iceland, Ukraine, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Action
Language: Icelandic, English
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Jörundur Ragnarsson
What's it about?
Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life. From Of Horses and Men writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

'Woman at War': Environmental Injustice Drives One Woman To Revenge

Love is Strange
9:30PM

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows
What's it about?
After Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing, a situation that weighs heavily on all involved. From Ira Sachs, writer-director of Little Men (2016).

Love Is Strange: Review
John Lithgow talks Love Is Strange and why he and Alfred Molina make a great gay couple

FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY

Marshall
7:30PM

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell
What's it about?
In the year 1941, as the nation teeters on the brink of entering WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends its only lawyer, thirty-two year old Thurgood Marshall (Boseman), to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against charges of rape and attempted murder brought by his wealthy socialite employer. In need of a high profile victory, but muzzled by the trial court, Marshall is joined by Samuel Friedman (Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never before tried a criminal case. Based on a true story.

Pride
9:40PM

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Warchus
Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott
What's it about?
Based on a true story set in the summer of 1984 – when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem - the union seems embarrassed to receive their support. However, the activists are not deterred and they decide to ignore the union and go direct to the miners. Also starring 1917 lead George Mackay.

Pride: Review

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

Sky Hunter
7:30PM

M
China, 2017
Genre: War, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Li Chen
Starring: Li Chen, Fan Bingbing, Tomer Oz, Leon Lee, Guo Mingyu, Jiahang Li
What's it about?
China’s first aerial warfare film tells the story of Wu Di, Zhao Yali, Batu and Gao Yuan, who are the well-trained air force elite of the Chinese military. During one overseas operation, a terrorist conspiracy is revealed which threatens hundreds of lives in the area. In order to resolve the hostage crisis and foil the terrorist plot, they are called into action to devote themselves in the unprecedented sky battlefield.

Babel
9:40PM

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Adriana Barraza
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. Nominated for seven 2007 Academy Awards and winner of one for Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).

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

Babel betters with age

SUNDAY 1 MARCH

Das Boot
7:30PM

M
Germany, 1981
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
What's it about?
The famed and feared German U boat, the U-96, is patrolling the Atlantic during World War II when it encounters a convoy of enemy ships. Steeling themselves for battle, those aboard the submarine are surprised to find that it is nature rather than the enemy which poses the greater threat. Nominated for six Academy Awards.

The Movie Show reviews Das Boot (Episode 01, 1998)

Sophie's Choice
10:20PM

MA15+
UK, USA, 1982
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Czech, English, French, German, Polish, Russian
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol
What's it about?
Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her acclaimed performance as Sophie, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who lives in Brooklyn with her lover Nathan (Kline), a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo (MacNicol), the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions.

Sophie's Choice

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