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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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22 May 2020 - 10:47 AM  UPDATED 22 May 2020 - 1:04 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 25 - 31 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 25 MAY

The Man Who Knew Infinity
5:35pm

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 Cobbler
7:35pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen Barkin
What's it about?
Max Simkin (Sandler) repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. From Tom McCarthy, director of Spotlight and The Station Agent.

Adam Sandler in 'The Cobbler'

Bone Tomahawk
9:30pm

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 of Dragged Across Concrete.

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

TUESDAY 26 MAY

The Secret World of Arrietty
6:05pm

G
Japan, 2012
Genre: Animation/3D
Language: English
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring (voice cast): Mark Strong, Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland
What's it about?
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. But life is about to change for the Clock's when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Like Crazy
7:50pm

PG
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Drake Doremus
Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, Charlie Bewley
What's it about?
When a British college student (Jones) falls for her American classmate (Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa. The couple then faces the real challenge of being together and being apart at the same time.

Like Crazy Review (⭐⭐⭐1/2)
'Like Crazy' director Drake Doremus remembers Anton Yelchin

The Proposition
9:30pm

MA15+
Australia, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime, Western
Language: English
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Tom Budge, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In the harsh outback of 1880s Australia, the brutal Burns brothers are wanted for a vicious crime. When Charlie Burns (Pearce) is captured, the officer arresting makes a startling proposition in order to end the cycle of violence: Charlie must hunt down and murder his violent older brother Arthur (Huston), in order to save his youngest brother from the noose.

Why You Should Watch: The Proposition

WEDNESDAY 27 MAY

The Tree of Life
4:55pm

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). 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

Ali's Wedding
7:30pm

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Starring: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah
What's it about?
Ali (Sami) is the charming son of a Muslim cleric who despite the best of intentions, just can’t seem to make the right life choices. Ali dreams big - he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he’s been promised to another girl at his father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he doesn’t get the marks. And above all, he wants to make his father proud - really proud. So what will Ali do to live up to the impossible expectations? He must fake it, because as the son of the cleric, he doesn’t have a choice.

How Osamah Sami turned his life into Australian Muslim rom-com, 'Ali's Wedding'

The crowdpleasing hit romantic comedy Ali's Wedding airs Fri 14 June, 8:35PM on SBS

Sweet Country
9:35pm

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

Warwick Thornton talks up his Venice award-winning film, 'Sweet Country'

THURSDAY 28 MAY

School of Life
5:40pm

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.

Waking Ned
7:50pm

PG
UK, 1998
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Kirk Jones
Starring: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, Brendan Dempsey, James Nesbitt
What's it about?
When Jackie (Bannen) and Michael (Kelly) discover that someone in their small Irish village has won the national lottery, they're determined to share in some of the wealth – but the winner turns out to be Ned Devine, who died of shock when he heard the news. Ned seems to have no nearest and dearest, so Jackie and Michael - and, eventually, all but one of the villagers – conspire to palm off Michael as Ned for the people from the lottery – with predictably comical results. Also known as Waking Ned Devine.

Jane Got a Gun
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Nash Edgerton
What's it about?
After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane (Portman) reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.

FRIDAY 29 MAY

Raid
5:25pm

M
India, 2018
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action
Language: Hindi
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla, Ileana D'Cruz, Gayathri Iyer, Sheeba Chaddha, Amit Sial
What's it about?
An incorruptible IT officer Amay Patnaik (Devgn) gets an anonymous tip about a political leader Tauji’s (Shukla) illegal assets. Patnaik plans an elaborate Raid on Tauji’s home and businesses.

Walking Out
7:40pm

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith
Starring: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone
What's it about?
An urban teenager (Bomer) journeys to Montana to hunt big game with his estranged father (Pullman). Father and son struggle to connect, until a brutal encounter in the heart of the wilderness changes everything.

No Country For Old Men
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson
What's it about?
In the desolate country near the Rio Grande, hunter Llewellyn Moss (Brolin) stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. Desperate to improve his circumstances, he acts on impulse and takes a briefcase containing $2 million in cash from the crime scene. His actions make him the target of deadly bounty hunter, Anton Chigurh (Bardem). Winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards.

No Country for Old Men: Will have you on the edge of your seat. (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

SATURDAY 30 MAY

Spirited Away
3:45pm

PG
Japan, 2001
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino
What's it about?
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs, but on their way, they stumble upon a tunnel that leads them into a fantasy world full of ghosts and strange creatures. An Oscar-winning and universally-beloved animation directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke).

Spirited Away: An extremely accomplished animation

Image from Spirited Away (showing 12:00PM, Thurs 19th July)
 

Chariots of Fire
6:15pm

PG
UK, 1981
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Hugh Hudson
Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Ian Holm
What's it about?
The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric (Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God, while Harold (Cross), the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. Winner of four Academy Awards in 1982, including Best Picture.

Shutter Island
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2010
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley
What's it about?
In 1954, as Cold War tensions grow and modern psychiatric treatment starts to adhere, two U.S. Marshals arrive on a secluded island in Boston Harbour to investigate a multiple murderess who has vanished from her cell at a highly secure hospital for the criminally insane. Trapped on the island by a looming storm, one of the officers (Dicaprio) struggles to discover the island’s true purpose even as events from his past intertwine with the case.

Shutter Island: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Dragged Across Concrete
11:05pm

MA15+
Canada, USA, 2018
Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
Language: English, Spanish
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White, Jennifer Carpenter
What's it about?
Two policemen, one an old-timer (Gibson), the other his volatile younger partner (Vaughn), find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media's cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows. From S. Craig Zahler, writer-director of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99.

SUNDAY 31 MAY

...And God Created Woman
12:40pm

PG
France, Italy, 1956
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, English
Director: Roger Vadim
Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant
What's it about?
Brigitte Bardot finds herself in the middle of a steamy love triangle in the feature that made her a world sensation, from director Roger Vadim, best known for the 1968 cult classic Barbarella.

And God Created Woman

Leave No Trace
6:25pm

G
Canada, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Debra Granik
Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey
What's it about?
A father (Foster) and daughter (Jojo Rabbit's Thomasin McKenzie) live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own. From Debra Granik, acclaimed writer-director of Winter's Bone.

Wild
8:30pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman
What's it about?
Following a divorce, the death of her mother and years of destructive behaviour and drug addiction, Cheryl (Witherspoon, in an Oscar-nominated performance) decides to heal herself by hiking solo for than a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Based on the memoir of Cheryl Strayed, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies).

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
10:40pm

MA15+
Palestine, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew
Director: Muayad Alayan
Starring: Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Hanan Hillo
What's it about?
The affair of a married Palestinian man (Safadi) and a married Israeli woman (Kretchner) in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time, leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages.

'The Reports on Sarah and Saleem' Looks At The Affair Of An Israeli Woman And Palestinian Man

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

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