• Cate Blanchett in Carol, leaving SBS On Demand on the 30th of June. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand this month.
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29 May 2020 - 3:02 PM  UPDATED 29 May 2020 - 3:02 PM

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Collections of films leaving June 30
Ozploitation at SBS On Demand
Five down-and-dirty Aussie films from the '70s-originating sub-genre known as 'Ozploitation' streaming on SBS On Demand.
Jacques Tati at SBS On Demand
Classic films from the French comic trailblazer – and a contemporary animation based on one of his unproduced screenplays – screening on SBS World Movies & SBS On Demand.

June 1

45 Years

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'

June 3

Raising Bertie

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Margaret Byrne
What's it about?
Raising Bertie follows three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these boys, this powerful vérité documentary offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity, and race.

The Salvation

MA15+
Denmark, 2014
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Danish
Director: Kristian Levring
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt
What's it about?
Former Danish soldier Jon (Mikkelsen) lives in a wild frontier town in 1870s America. After being separated from his family for seven long years, his wife and son finally start making their way to him, but unfortunately they do not survive the journey. Devastated, Jon goes on a revenge killing spree after learning that his family was murdered.

The Salvation: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

June 4

Nightcrawler

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
What's it about?
Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is an ambitious young man desperate to forge himself a career in L.A. crime journalism. He soon immerses himself in the nocturnal underbelly of Los Angeles and joins a group of freelance camera crews who are always on the lookout for crashes, fires and murders to film. Aided by Nina (Russo), a veteran of local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Jake Gyllenhaal Wrecked Himself for Nightcrawler, and Here’s Why
Nightcrawler Review: Journalism as bloodsport (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

June 5

Animal Kingdom

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: 
Crime, Drama
Language: 
English
Director: 
David Michôd 
Starring: James Frecheville, Jackie Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
What's it about?
Set amidst the explosive world of a family addicted to crime, as experienced through the eyes of a naïve 17-year-old youth (Frecheville) who enters their lair. It’s the Wild West, where criminals and police wage their war on the city’s streets, while the innocent suffer the consequences. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (World Dramatic Competition) in 2010, nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) at the next year's Academy Awards, and regarded as one of the finest contemporary Australian films.

Animal Kingdom review: Crime saga is shocking, brutal, brilliant (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

June 8

A United Kingdom

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport
What's it about?
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

'A United Kingdom' celebrates interracial couples on screen, with contemporary relevance

Mavis!

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jessica Edwards
Starring: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Bob Dylan, Chuck D
What's it about?
Documents soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers who through music helped to propel the civil rights movement. From the early hits ‘I’ll Take You There’, to her collaborations with Prince and recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots and continues to inspire with her message of equality and love. Featuring live performances, rare archival footage and conversations with artists including Bob Dylan and Prince. 

The Program

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet
What's it about?
From director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history - Lance Armstrong (Foster), the world-renowned Tour de France champion. 

The Program review: Ben Foster captures Lance Armstrong's implacable will

June 13

Madeline's Madeline

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Josephine Decker
Starring: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili
What's it about?
Madeline (Howard) has become an integral part of a prestigious physical theater troupe. When the workshop's ambitious director pushes the teenager to weave her rich interior world and troubled history with her mother into their collective art, the lines between performance and reality begin to blur. The resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through all three women's lives.

June 23

Summer Wars

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.

June 25

Denial

M
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Weisz) must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving (Spall), a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW WITH 'DENIAL' DIRECTOR MICK JACKSON 
(From 10:38)

June 29

Windrider

M
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Vincent Monton
Starring: Tom Burlinson, Nicole Kidman, Jill Perryman
What's it about?
A rock singer (Kidman) falls for a wealthy man's son (Burlinson) who professionally windsurfs the coast of Western Australia. His career is put at risk as the romance progresses.

Assault on Precinct 13

MA15+
USA, 1976
Genre: Thriller, Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West, Tony Burton
What's it about?
This gritty urban western by John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) is set at an isolated police station in the process of relocation. Lt. Ethan Bishop is a dedicated cop overseeing the job. But when a busload of convicts make an unexpected pit-stop, the precinct becomes a scene of restless animosity and bubbling testosterone. Their situation is soon compounded by a ruthless street gang surrounding the station, armed to the hilt and ready to rampage against the establishment. Under siege, convicts and cops must unite to face the gang and survive the brutal and bloody onslaught.

June 30

Jedda

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme D'or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

From Afar

MA15+
Venezuela, Mexico, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Lorenzo Vigas
Starring: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla, Catherina Cardozo
What's it about?
Armando, aged 50, (Castro), cruises young men in the streets of Caracas and pays them to come back to his house. He also regularly spies on an older man with whom he seems to have ties from the past. One day he meets 17-year-old Elder, leader of a small band of thugs. Their turbulent relationship will come to mimic the violent, passionate, oppressive unpredictability of the city around them. Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2015.

With a Friend Like Harry...

M
France, 2000
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Dominik Moll
Starring: Laurent Lucas, Sergi López, Mathilde Seigner, Sophie Guillemin
What's it about?
Michel and Claire are a low-income, educated couple who - with three demanding daughters in the back seat - are on their way to their holiday home, an old house which requires so much work that it consumes their entire vacation. On their way, in the bathroom of a gas station, Michel is approached by Harry, a school acquaintance he can't remember, who then proceeds to invade Michel's life, twisting him every which way like a successful puppeteer.

Sway

MA15+
Japan, 2006
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Japanese
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Starring: Joe Odagiri, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yôko Maki, Hirofumi Arai
What's it about?
A murder investigation reveals a deep-rooted sibling rivalry in director Miwa Nishikawa's brooding family drama. On the one-year anniversary of his mother's death, Tokyo art and fashion photographer Takeru (Odagiri) returns to his small hometown in order to pay his respects. But all is not well back home, and when Takeru's authoritative father questions his sincerity, the frustrated son strikes back with accusations of violent conduct.

Sway

Blind Spot

M
Norway, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Tuva Novotny
Starring: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Pia Tjelta, Oddgeir Thune, Per Frisch
What's it about?
How do we cope with the unthinkable? This hard-hitting film tackles the grey areas of mental illness; the blind spots that can be so difficult to detect. For 98 intense minutes we follow a mother’s struggle to understand her daughter Tea’s crisis as it affects the entire family. Pia Tjelta is formidable as Tea’s mother, especially considering the fact that the entire film is shot in one single take.

I, Daniel Blake

MA15+
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
What's it about?
59-year-old Daniel Blake (Johns) has worked as a carpenter most of his life in Newcastle, but for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie (Squires) and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy. Winner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or.

I, Daniel Blake review: Ken Loach in top form with story of state-sanctioned cruelty
Ken Loach on 'I, Daniel Blake', the media role in Brexit and Trump, and the failure of the left

We defy you not to be moved by 'I, Daniel Blake'.

The Way

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Emilio Estevez
Starring: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt, Tcheky Karyo
What's it about?
Tom (Sheen) is an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his 'California Bubble Life".

The Way: Emilio Estevez interview
The Way Review

The Red Turtle

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
Gorgeously animated, this wordless feature from Studio Ghibli (best known for producing Hayao Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature. A 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

Interview: The Red Turtle director Michael de Wit, on being backed by Studio Ghibli
The Red Turtle review: Studio Ghibli's new animation a gorgeous island myth

The Fringe Dwellers

M
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
What's it about?
Bruce Beresford's (Driving Miss Daisy'Breaker' Morant) critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Nene Gare novel tells the story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.

The Fringe Dwellers review

Mad Bastards

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Starring: Lucas Yeeda, John Watson, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram, Dean Daley-Jones
What's it about?
In the frontier town of Five Rivers, TJ the urban street warrior meets his match in Texas, a former Mad Bastard turned local cop. He also finds Bullet, his estranged son, and his personal transformation begins. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema - Dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch interview with Mad Bastards star, Dean Daley-Jones

Public Enemy Number 1 (Part 1)

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Biography, Crime, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Cecile de France, Gilles Lellouche, Gérard Depardieu
What's it about?
The first part introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Cassel) at the beginning of his true-life career of bank heists, prison breaks and kidnapping through the '60s and '70s across three continents. Recently returned from the war in Algeria, Mesrine soon bores of the 9 to 5 life and gradually drifts into a life of crime under the tutelage of veteran gangster Guido (Gérard Depardieu). He quickly discovers he has a gift for robbing banks and forms a duo with lover Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France) to rival Bonnie and Clyde. When the couple is finally hunted down in the Arizona desert, Mesrine is sentenced to ten years in a maximum-security penitentiary. But he is about to prove that no prison is big enough to contain him.

Public Enemy Number 1 (Part 2)

MA15+
Canada, France, 2008
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Biography
Language: French, English
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric
What's it about?
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 Jacques Mesrine is back in France after his brazen assault on the maximum-security prison from which he daringly escaped. Once again in police custody and facing stern justice for his crimes, the "man of a thousand faces" escapes directly from the courtroom after kidnapping the judge at gunpoint. As Mesrine continues to author his own legend through the media and his own memoirs, he becomes a household name and anti-hero across all of France. 

Mad Dog Morgan

M
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama, Action, Cult
Language: English
Director: Philippe Mora
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
Daniel Morgan (Hopper) becomes a bushranger after hard times in prison and the Victorian goldfields. Saved by Billy, an Aboriginal outcast (Gulpilil), the two men terrorise southern NSW, killing policemen and raiding farms, until the price on Morgan’s head reaches 1,000 pounds. Crossing back into Victoria, Morgan’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, as detective Mainwaring (Thompson) closes in.

A Single Man

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Ford
Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult
What's it about?
Torn apart by the shattering impact of the death of his long-time lover, college professor George Falconer (Firth) experiences the most transformative day of his life, blending past and present, desire and despair, and discovering that love persists even after the object of love is gone. Set in a sun-drenched 1960s California coastal canyon, A Single Man marks the directorial debut of American fashion icon Tom Ford, who went on to direct 2016's Nocturnal Animals.

A Single Man with many facets
A Single Man Review

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 (played by Sunny Pawar, and as an adult by Dev Patel) gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple (Wenham & Kidman) 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'

Mary and Max

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Animation
Language: English
Director: Adam Elliot
Voice Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries
What's it about?
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary (voiced by Collette), a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max (voiced by Hoffman), a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. From Adam Elliot, creator of the Oscar-winning 2003 short Harvie Krumpet, and nominated for Best Film at the 2009 AFI Awards.

Mary and Max Review: An achingly beautiful character study of an enduring friendship (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

M
France, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Romain Duris, Emmanuelle Devos, Niels Arestrup, Linh Dan Pham
What's it about?
Tom (Duris) works as a real estate debt collector for his father Robert (Arestrup). This violent line of work leads Thomas to wish he could be more like his late mother, who was a concert pianist. When offered a piano audition, he starts to practise again. Will Thomas get stuck in a cycle of crime and cruelty just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a musician. A remake of the cult 1978 film Fingers (starring Harvey Keitel in Duris' role). 

Why You Should Watch: The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Vanity Fair

PG
UK, 2004
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Romola Garai, Gabriel Byrne, Rhys Ifans
What's it about?
Early 1800s. Napoleon and England are about to go to war as we meet the grown Becky Sharp (Witherspoon). Hers is the story of a social climber that begins as she graduates from governess school, where she was taken in as an orphaned toddler. Becky is from the wrong side of the tracks, but that doesn't stop her from marrying into the well to-do Crawley family in a time when women especially were forbidden to cross classes. The story takes Becky from poverty, a social outcast and rural England, to riches, society London, India and back again.

Vanity Fair (2004)

See The Sea

MA15+
France, 1997
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Sasha Hails, Marina De Van
What's it about?
Sasha (Hails), a young British woman, lives with her baby daughter at Ile d'Yeu, a peaceful seaside village in France. One day, a homeless young woman, Tatiana (De Van), appears at her home and asks if she can pitch her tent in Sasha's yard. The two women build an odd rapport, and tension builds as events unfold.

The Assassin

PG
Taiwan, 2015
Genre: Martial Arts
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun
What's it about?
An assassin (Shu Qi) accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader (Chang Chen) in eighth century China. Winner of Best Director at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon, Three Times).

The Assassin review: Fleeting battles make way for exquisitely beautiful, lingering shots

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

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

Swing Kids

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, Chinese, Korean
Director: Kang Hyoung-chul
Starring: Doh Kyung-soo, Jared Grimes, Park Hye-su, Oh Jung-se
What's it about?
EXO’s D.O. stars as Roh Ki Soo, a rebellious North Korean soldier held captive as a prisoner-of-war during the Korean War. The P.O.W. Camp’s US military sergeant encourages the prisoners to channel their interests into dancing and Ki-soo joins a tap-dance troupe called ‘Swing Kids.’ Yet suddenly, their dreams about dancing in prison camps are put in danger.

12 Years a Slave

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada (Pitt) changes Solomon's life forever. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

12 Years a Slave: Interviews with Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

My Brilliant Career

G
Australia, 1979
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Sam Neill, Judy Davis, Wendy Hughes
What's it about?
Sybylla (Davis), a headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man (Neill) whom she loves, but rejects it in order to maintain her independence, preferring to take a job as governess/housekeeper to the family of an illiterate neighbor to whom her father owes money.

Quinceañera

M
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia, Chalo González
What’s it about?
When Magdelena’s (Rios) 15th birthday comes near, her spirit is devoured by ideas of her swain, her Quinceañera dress, and the Hummer limousine she desires will turn up on her special day. Life appears so uncomplicated in her Echo Park vicinity of Los Angeles, till fate presents an unwanted surprise – she is pregnant. Winner of both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Paradise Now

M
Palestine, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Arabic
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Aki Suliman
What's it about?
Lifelong Palestinian friends, Said (Kais Nashif) and Khaled (Aki Suliman) lead a normal life, working together in a garage and never discussing politics or religion. Having sometime ago volunteered to become suicide bombers, they learn they have been chosen for the next mission and that it will begin in only 24 hours. But the carefully designed plans go awry as the two men are separated and cannot communicate. They have to face their destiny and their own convictions.  

Paradise Now: Review

Apocalypto

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: Maya
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead
What's it about?
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. This fascinating and rich film is arguably Mel Gibson's greatest achievement. Nominated for three Oscars.

The Piano

M
New Zealand, 1993
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill
What's it about?
Ada (Hunter), mute since birth, her nine year old daughter (Paquin), and her piano arrive to an arranged marriage in the remote bush of nineteenth century New Zealand. Of all her belongings her husband refuses to transport the piano and it is left behind on the beach. Unable to bear its certain destruction, Ada strikes a bargain with an illiterate tattooed neighbour (Keitel). She may earn her piano back if she allows him to do certain things while she play’s – one black key for every lesson. The arrangement draws all three deeper and deeper into a complex emotional bond.

Ernest & Célestine

G
France, 2012
Genre: Animation
Language: French
Director: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Voice Cast: Pauline Brunner, Lambert Wilson
What's it about?
In the conventional world of bears, it is not the done thing to become friends with a mouse. Nevertheless, Ernest (Wilson), a big bear, who happens to also be a clown and musician, takes in Celestine (Brunner), an orphan who has fled the underground world of rodents. These two solitary creatures help and comfort each other, and in doing so, disrupt the established order. A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.

Heartbreaker

MA15+
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Starring: Romain Duris, Julie Ferrier, Vanessa Paradis, Jacques Frantz
What's it about?
Alex (Duris) and his sister Mélanie (Ferrier) run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man (Frantz) to break up the wedding of his daughter (Paradis). The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. Nominated for five César Awards in 2011, including Best Film. 

Heartbreaker Review: A winning romantic comedy

Mulan: Rise of a Warrior

M
China, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Jingle Ma
Starring: Zhao Wei, Chen Kun, Yu Rong-Guang
What's it about?
When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan (Zhao Wei) disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's (Rong-guang Yu) stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and brutal wartime startegy. Mulan loses dear friends to the enemy's blade as she rises to become one of her country's most valuable leaders - but can she win the war before her secret is exposed?

That's Not Me

MA15+
Australia, USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gregory Erdstein
Starring: Alice Foulcher, Isabel Lucas, Richard Davies, Andrew S. Gilbert
What's it about?
Polly’s (Foulcher) dreams of making it as an actor are shattered when her identical twin sister Amy lands the lead role in a huge TV show. Mistaken for her famous sister at every turn, Polly decides to use Amy’s celebrity for her own advantage – free clothes, free booze, casual sex… with hilarious and disastrous consequences for them both.

Una

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Benedict Andrews
Starring: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed
What's it about?
When a young woman (Mara) unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s (Mendelsohn) workplace looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Based on the 2005 play Blackbird by Scottish playwright David Harrower, who adapted his own script for the film, this film also marks the cinematic directorial debut of Australian theater director Benedict Andrews.

Una review: Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara give nuance to stagey story

Hana-Bi (Fireworks)

MA15+
Japan, 1997
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Language: Japanese
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi
What's it about?
Detective Nishi (Kitabo) is bitter when he learns that his wife Miyuki (Kishimoto) is terminally ill and his partner Horibe (Osugi) was shot and now tied to a wheelchair. Horibe wants to become a painter, but doesn't have money for that. To help him and a young police widow whose husband was shot dead during an arrest, he borrows money from Yakuza. After that he buys an old car, paints it as a police car, and, dressed in uniform, single-handedly robs a bank. With the money he goes on a final farewell journey together with his wife. 

Hana-Bi Review

Tehran Taboo

MA15+
Germany, Austria, 2017
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: Persian
Director: Ali Soozandeh
Starring: Arash Marandi, Alireza Bayram, Siir Eloglu, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi
What's it about?
The lives of three strong-willed women and a young musician cross paths in Tehran’s schizophrenic society where sex, adultery, corruption, prostitution and drugs coexist with strict religious law. In this bustling modern metropolis, avoiding prohibition has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation.

Tehran Taboo: Hidden sex lives of Iranians revealed in Cannes film

A Ghost Story

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Liz Cardenas Franke, Sonia Acevedo
What's it about?
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. From David Lowery, director of Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Old Man And The Gun.

'A Ghost Story' Haunts Without Scaring (Sundance Review)

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in 'A Ghost Story' (2017)

Stations of the Cross

M
Austria, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Dietrich Brüggemann
Starring: Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter
What's it about?
Fourteen-year old Maria (Van Acken) grows up in an extraordinarily conservative religious family, who belong to the (fictional) Society of St Paul. Desperate to please everyone in her life, Maria struggles as she tries to reconcile her feelings for a fellow pupil, whilst staying on the path of righteousness, in the face of the Lord.  

Stations of the Cross: Review

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