• From left: Films Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, What We Do In The Shadows, Labor Day, The Villainess (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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23 Apr 2020 - 2:18 PM  UPDATED 23 Apr 2020 - 3:52 PM

TV Movie Guide: 27 April - 3 May
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 28 APRIL

Travellers and Magicians
5:45pm

PG
Bhutan, 2003
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: Dzongkha
Director: Khyentse Norbu
Starring: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Kinga, Gup Kado Duba, Dasho Kado
What's it about?
Tells the story of a young man (Dandup) who wants to leave behind his country with its quaint ways and simple joys to find a glamorous new life in America. He shares his journey across Bhutan with a group of travellers, including a monk (Kinga), who annoys him with irritating truths hidden in a mystical story of magic, desire and murder. 

Hyde Park on Hudson
7:45pm

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West, Olivia Colman
What's it about?
In June 1939, the reigning British king (West) and queen (Colman) visit President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Williams) at their New York home. War with Germany looms on the horizon, and England desperately needs the president's support. An unforgettable weekend unfolds as FDR tries to juggle international affairs with the complexities of his domestic arrangement, as seen through the eyes of the president's intimate confidant.

Hyde Park on Hudson: Roger Michell and Richard Nelson interview

League of Gods
9:30pm

M
China, Hong Kong, 2016
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Koan Hui On
Starring: Jet Li, Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Angelababy, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
What's it about?
During the reign of King Zhou (Tony Leung Ka-fai), an official enters his bedchamber, and is devoured by the monstrous tails of Daji (Fan Bingbing), his concubine. Outside their city, several warriors within a metal wagon discuss their strategies to free the Invisible People and their Chief, when Jiang Ziya (Jet Li) appears to them. He tells them that when King Zhou was younger, he let himself become possessed by the Black Dragon for his quest for power.

TUESDAY 28 APRIL

Maudie
5:45pm

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.

What We Do in the Shadows
7:55pm

M
New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Jemaine Clement
What's it about?
Three flatmates, Viago (Waititi, who also wrote and directed the film before going on to make Hunt For the Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit), Deacon (Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement), are all vampires, hundreds of years old. The trio are finding modern society is not agreeing with them particularly well and it's creating conflict in the house they share together.

'What We Do in the Shadows': Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement interview

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
9:30pm

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.

WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL

Our Little Sister
5:10pm

G
Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Ōtake, 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. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows).

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

Labor Day
7:30pm

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire
What's it about?
Depressed single mom Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man (Brolin) a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Labor Day: Jason Reitman Interview

The Mermaid
9:35pm

M
China, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: Chinese
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang, Yun Lin, Tsui Hark
What's it about?
A playboy business tycoon, Liu Xuan (Chao Deng), purchases the Green Gulf, a wildlife reserve, for a sea reclamation project, and uses sonar technology to get rid of the sea life in the area. Unknown to him, the Green Gulf is the home of merpeople, and the sonar has caused many of them to succumb to illness or die. Xuan's business ventures in the area are threatened when he crosses paths with the mermaid, Shan (Yun Lin), who is sent to avenge her people. From Stephen Chow, writer-director of Kung Fu Hustle.

'The Mermaid': A Delightful Comic Fantasy

THURSDAY 30 APRIL

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. The screenplay for this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature was adapted for the screen (from Gilles Paris' novel) by Céline Sciamma, writer-director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

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

The Man Who Knew Infinity
7:30pm

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Brown
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
When self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel) fails out of college, he does not give up hope. Determined to pursue his passion, he contacts Professor GH Hardy (Irons) and is invited to attend Trinity College.  

The Villainess
9:30pm

MA15+
South Korea, 2017
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Jung Byung-gil
Starring: Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Bang Sung-Joon, Kim Seo-hyung
What's it about?
A young girl (played as an adult by Ok-bin Kim) is raised as a killer in the Yanbian province of China. She hides her identity and travels to South Korea where she hopes to lead a quiet life but becomes involved with two mysterious men.

FRIDAY 1 MAY

Summer Wars
5:20pm

PG
Japan, 2009
Genre: Animation
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Momoru Hosoda
Voice cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
What's it about?
Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts a virtual world's artificial intelligence in a position to destroy the earth. From the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
7:30pm

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham
What's it about?
Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
9:30PM

M
Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China, 2000
Genre: Martial Arts, Drama, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Chen Chang
What's it about?
When a politician's daughter steals a legendary warrior's precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to a deadly encounter with the thief's witch-like minder. From renowned director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), the film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon review (by Margaret Pomeranz for The Movie Show, 2001)

SATURDAY 2 MAY

Amanda
5:45pm

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Mikhaël Hers
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier, Stacy Martin, Ophélia Kolb
What's it about?
David (LaCoste), who gets by doing odd jobs, meets Lena (Martin), who has just moved up to Paris, and falls in love. But soon after, his life is brutally interrupted by the sudden death of his sister. Beyond the shock, and the pain, David now finds himself alone with his young niece Amanda (Multrier) to care for.

'Amanda' review: A nourishingly classical tear-jerker

45 Years
7:45pm

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James
What's it about?
There is just one week until Kate Mercer's (Rampling, in an Oscar-nominated performance) 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband (Courtney). The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

Interview: '45 Years' Director Andrew Haigh Wants to See the Drama Unfold

Tom Courtney and Charlotte Rampling in '45 Years'

Train to Busan
9:30pm

MA15+
South Korea, 2016
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee
What's it about?
A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. As an unidentified virus sweeps the country, Korean government declares martial law. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival. 453km from Seoul to Busan - the struggle to survive by those who have others to protect! Get on board an edge-of-your-seat thriller where Snowpiercer meets World War Z.

For those who've become disillusioned with the zombie genre, Train To Busan will restore your faith.

SUNDAY 3 MAY

School of Life
6:20pm

PG
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Family
Language: French
Director: Nicolas Vanier
Starring: François Cluzet, Jean Scandel, Eric Elmosnino, Francois Berleand, Valérie Karsenti
What's it about?
Paris 1930. Paul (Scandel) has only ever had one and the same horizon: the high walls of the orphanage, an austere building in the Parisian working class suburbs. Entrusted to a joyful country woman, Célestine (Karsenti), and her husband, Borel (Elmosnino), the rather stiff gamekeeper of a vast estate in Sologne, the city child, recalcitrant and stubborn, arrives in a mysterious and disturbing world, that of a sovereign and wild region. The huge forest, misty ponds, heaths, and fields all belong to the Count de la Fresnaye (Cluzet), an elderly taciturn man who lives alone in his manor.

Anonymous
8:30pm

M
UK, Germany, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Rhys Ifans, Derek Jacobi, Joely Richardson, Xavier Samuel
What's it about?
Who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have debated, books have been written, and scholars have devoted their lives to protecting or debunking theories surrounding the authorship of the most renowned works in English literature. Anonymous poses one possible answer, focusing on a time when scandalous political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne were brought to light in the most unlikely of places: the London stage.

Why You Should Watch: Anonymous

Suck Me Shakespeer
10:55pm

MA15+
Germany, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Bora Dagtekin
Starring: Elyas M'Barek, Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann 
What's it about?
Zeki Mueller (M'Barek) was in jail for 13 months, just enough time for Goethe High to construct a new gym on the exact spot where Zeki’s friend buried his loot from a robbery. In order to get regular access to the school’s basement, from where he hopes to drill a tunnel to his stolen money, Zeki takes on a job as a substitute teacher at the school. But will his elaborate plan work, or only lead him back behind bars? 

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