• From left: The Godfather, Don't Look Now, Sissi, Fences (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

19 Mar 2020 - 4:41 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2020 - 11:33 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 23 - 29 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 23 MARCH

Fences
4:55pm

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. Based on the acclaimed stage play of the same name, and featuring Viola Davis' Oscar-winning performance for Best Supporting Actress.

Fences review: Denzel Washington builds a towering achievement

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
7:30PM

M
Sweden, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Felix Herngren
Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer
What's it about?
After living a long and colourful life, Allan Karlsson (Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey. An international box office hit and 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared': The Nordic Forrest Gump

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
9:40pm

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Héctor Elizondo, Earl Hindman
What's it about?
A gang of armed professionals hijack a New York subway train somewhere outside the Pelham station threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands are met. Forced to stall these unknown assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue is made, transit chief Lt. Garber (Matthau) must shrewdly outmaneuver one of the craftiest and cruelest villains (Shaw) in a battle of wits that will either end heroically or tragically. A classic hostage thriller that was remade in 2009 with Denzel Washington in the Matthau role.

TUESDAY 24 MARCH

Honeygiver Among the Dogs
5:00pm

PG
Bhutan, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Crime
Language: Bhutani
Director: Dechen Roder
Starring: Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Sonam Tashi Choden, Chencho Dorji, Kunga Dorji
What's it about?
In this 'Buddhist noir', undercover detective Kinley (Wangchuk) investigates the case of a missing Buddhist nun and falls into a risky alliance with his only suspect - Choden, an alluring woman known as the village 'demoness'. Kinley slowly realises that Choden’s stories of historical dakinis (enlightened Buddhist women of power and wisdom) might provide the very 'clues' needed in understanding the investigation, yet first he might have to surrender to both her charm and a belief in the supernatural.

Honeygiver Among The Dogs

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. 

The Godfather
9:45pm

MA15+
USA, 1972
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan
What's it about?
Don Vito Corleone (Brando) is a man trying to protect his children Michael (Pacino), Sonny (Caan), and Fredo (Cazale) from the horrors of the family 'business', while Michael attempts to care for his new wife Kay (Keaton). The winner of three Academy awards including Best Picture and based on the novel by Mario Puzo.

How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever

WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH

Asterix And Obelix Vs Caesar
5:35pm

PG
France, 1999
Genre: Adventure
Language: French
Director: Claude Zidi
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Christian Clavier
What's it about?
In 50 B.C., the whole Gaul country is under Roman occupation, except for one small village, who keep resisting the invaders. That is until Roman Emperor Julius Caesar decides to have the village druid, Getafix, kidnapped and to besiege the village. Two fearless villagers, Asterix (Clavier) and Obelix (Depardieu), decide to go on a mission to rescue Getafix.

The Two Faces of January
7:40pm

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Hossein Amini
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, Yiğit Özşener
What's it about?
Con artist Chester (Mortensen) and his glamorous wife (Dunst) try to flee their holiday destination in Greece with a random stranger (Isaac). One of them has been linked to the murder of a police officer and trying to frame the other for the crime. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (Carol, The Talented Mr. Ripley).

The Two Faces of January review: A high quality Highsmith adaptation 
The Two Faces of January: Viggo Mortensen and Hossein Amini interview

The Godfather: Part II
9:30pm

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What's it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone (Pacino) attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever

THURSDAY 26 MARCH

The Cup
3:50pm

G
Bhutan, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Language: Hindi, Tibetan
Director: Khyentse Norbu
Starring: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor
What's it about?
While the 1998 soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen who desperately seeks a TV to watch the final.

The Cup review: Extraordinary turns from real-life monks

Golden Kingdom
5:35pm

PG
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Burmese
Director: Brian Perkins
Starring: Shine Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Saw Ri, Ko Yin Than Maung, Ko Yin Maung Sein
What's it about?
The story of four orphan boys, novice monks living in a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of northeast Burma. The head monk departs on a long journey from which he may never return, leaving the boys alone in the middle of the forest.

American Pastoral
7:30pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ewan McGregor
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning
What's it about?
Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor, also making his directorial debut), a former high school athlete who is now a successful businessman is married to Dawn (Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved daughter, Merry (Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel of the same name.

The Godfather: Part III
9:30pm

M
Italy, USA, 1990
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Italian, German, Latin
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach
What's it about?
A long-awaited (and Best Picture Oscar-nominated) follow-up to the first two Godfather films. Michael Corleone (Pacino) has a strong desire to escape the corruption of his 'family business', but fate and circumstance dictate otherwise. It seems all the power on Earth can't change destiny - every time Michael tries to get out and 'go legit', he's pulled back in. 

How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever

FRIDAY 27 MARCH

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
3:00pm

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Tom Waits
What's it about?
A fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. With his extraordinary travelling show "The Imaginarium", Dr. Parnassus (Plummer) offers to members of the audience an irresistible opportunity to enter their universe of imaginations and wonders, by passing through a magical mirror. But Dr. Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick (Waits), in which he won immortality. From cult director and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam (Brazil12 Monkeys).

Fame
5:15pm

PG
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Musical
Language: English
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Debbie Allen, Kay Panabaker, Walter Perez
What's it about?
As in the original 1980 film, the new Fame cast is comprised of young, up-and-coming performers who will climb the steps of the High School for the Performing Arts to explore a wide variety of classic and contemporary artistic disciplines, including singing, acting, ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, hip-hop, slam poetry, spoken word, traditional theatre, and cinema.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
7:30pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ned Benson
Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Ciaran Hinds
What's it about?
Eleanor (Chastain) and Conor (McAvoy) are young, in love, and eager to start building their life together, when a tragic event threatens to destroy everything that they hold close to their hearts. As they struggle to cope, they discover within themselves and each other strength and a capacity for forgiveness that may keep their love - and dreams - alive.

Don't Look Now
9:45pm

MA15+
Italy, UK, 1973
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Horror
Language: Italian, English
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania
What's it about?
On a cold, bright day in England, a little girl drowns in a pond. She is the daughter of John Baxter (Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Christie). Still numb with grief, Laura accompanies John to Venice where he is restoring a church, in the hope that the holiday will help her to recover from the shock of her daughter's death. In Venice, the Baxters meet two old sisters who claim mediumistic connection with the dead girl. The husband scorns the idea, but repeatedly sees a little red-coated figure in shadowy passages by the canals. From revered cult British director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Bad Timing).

SATURDAY 28 MARCH

Sissi
3:00pm

PG
Germany, 1955
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Ernst Marischka
Starring: Romy Schneider, Uta Franz, Vilma Degischer, Karlheinz Böhm
What's it about?
Princess Elisabeth (Schneider), also known as Sissi, captivates the young Emperor of Austria, Francis Joseph (Böhm). His domineering mother, Archduchess Sophie (Degischer), has made plans for him to marry his cousin Princess Helene (Franz), but as fate would have it, he meets Sissi instead and is charmed by the vivacious princess who prefers fishing to courtly receptions.

The Tree of Life
5:00pm

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) traces the evolution of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy love and mercy (from his mother, played by Chastain), to his introduction to the 'ways of the world' (from his father, played by Pitt). Each parent contends for his allegiance, and the boy must reconcile their claims. His experience of the world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth as he seeks unselfish love. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Why You Should Watch: The Tree of Life

The Ice Storm
7:30pm

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes
What's it about?
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives are steadily becoming more and more beyond their control. From director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain), and based on the acclaimed 1994 novel by Rick Moody.

David and Margaret review The Ice Storm (The Movie Show, 1997)

My Mistress
9:35pm

Australia, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Stephen Lance
Starring: Emmanuelle Béart, Harrison Gilbertson
What's it about?
When a tragic family event tumbles Charlie (Gilbertson) into a world of pain, he tries to escape. Desperate and alone, he meets Maggie (Beart), the mysterious woman who lives down the street. She's a professional, and she specialises in pain - giving it, exploring it, and sharing it, all for money. Charlie insinuates his way into her life and despite herself Maggie can't stop from going along with his wishes.

Harrison Gilbertson and Emmanuelle Béart talk My Mistress, S&M
Stephen Lance on the masters who influenced My Mistress

SUNDAY 29 MARCH

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
5:10pm

PG
UK, 1989
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, John Neville, Oliver Reed
What's it about?
The fantastic tale of a 17th century aristocrat, his henchmen and a little girl as they attempt to save a town from defeat by the Turks. In the process they are swallowed by a giant sea-monster, take a trip to the moon, dance with Venus and escape from the Grim Reaper. Directed by Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, Brazil, 12 Monkeys).

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen review (The Movie Show, 1989): A surreal masterpiece

Brideshead Revisited
7:30PM

PG
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Julian Jarrold
Starring: Anna Madeley, Michael Gambon, Matthew Goode, Emma Thompson
What's it about?
In 1925 at Oxford University, Charles Ryder (Goode) is befriended by the flamboyant Sebastian Flyte (Whishaw), son of Lord and Lady Marchmain (Gambon and Thompson). Sebastian takes Charles under his wing and when he's invited to Brideshead, the Flyte family's magnificent ancestral home, Charles becomes infatuated with Julia, Sebastian's beautiful sister Julia (Atwell) as well as everything the family represents.

Brideshead Revisited Review

Arthur Newman
10:00pm

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dante Ariola
Starring: Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, Anne Heche, David Andrews, Lucas Hedges
What's it about?
Wallace Avery (Firth) is tired of his life. Divorced, disconnected from his son, he decides to walk away from his life. He buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman, and sets out to Indiana, where he believes he has a chance to work as a golf pro. His road trip is derailed when he meets Michaela Fitzgerald (Blunt) at his motel. It takes her all of a couple hours to bust Arthur’s identity scam. It takes Arthur a lot longer to bust hers. A gently comic love story set in a perfect storm of identity crisis.

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