• From left: Kiki's Delivery Service, Hearts Beat Loud, Enough Said, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (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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5 Jun 2020 - 9:40 AM  UPDATED 8 Jun 2020 - 9:33 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 8 – 14 June
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 8 JUNE

Kiki's Delivery Service
1:20pm (repeats Tuesday 9th, 3:35pm / Wednesday 10th, 7:30am)

G
Japan, 1989
Genre: Adventure, Animation/3D, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice cast: Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds
What's it about?
Kiki, a young witch, has turned 13, and according to the ancient tradition she must leave home to find her own place in the world. She flies her broom to a coastal town where she finds a room above a local bakery, run by Mrs Osono, and sets up a delivery service. Despite a few misadventures, Kiki is doing fine until one day she discovers that her powers have disappeared - she cannot fly her broomstick and she can no longer communicate with her cat Jiji. Ursula, a painter Kiki has met on one of her delivery runs, explains artist's block and how something similar may have affected Kiki. 

Microbe and Gasoline
7:30pm (repeats Tuesday 9th, 3:25am & 11:35pm)

M
France, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Diane Besnier, Audrey Tautou
What's it about?
Microbe (Dargent) is a shy boy, often lost in his drawings. Gasoline (Baquet) is a smart, inventive kid, who arrives at school in the middle of the year. The two instantly become great friends, and as the summer vacations draw closer, they both know that neither wants to spend two months with their respective families. Thanks to a lawnmower engine and a few planks, they build their own 'car' and set off for adventure on the roads of France. Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

'Microbe and Gasoline': Michel Gondry's Coming-Of-Age Charmer

Microbe and Gasoline, directed by Michael Gondry

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
9:30pm

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson
What's it about?
Joel (Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realises how much he still loves her. Written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John MalkovichAdaptationAnomalisa), who took home an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 2005 Academy Awards.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind review: Love story told beautifully and backwards

TUESDAY 9 JUNE

Wildwitch
1:40pm (repeats Wednesday 10th, 5:35pm / Thursday 11th, 9:30am)

PG
Denmark, 2018
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: Danish
Director: Kaspar Munk
Starring: Gerda Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Signe Egholm Olsen, Vera Mi Fernandez Bachmann
What's it about?
12-year-old Clara (Kaas) is just like any other girl until one day a mysterious black cat scratches her. Clara soon discovers that she can communicate with the cat and that she belongs to a family of Wild Witches with a strong connection to nature and animals. It turns out that Clara is a very special Wild Witch and that her blood can set free the ancient and evil witch, Bravita Bloodyoung. Together with her mentor aunt Isa and her friends, Kahla and Oscar, Clara must face her destiny and embark on a dangerous journey in order to save herself and the Wild World.

Mississippi Grind
7:30pm (repeats Wednesday 10th, 3:45am & 11:45pm)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller
What's it about?
Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis (Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. From the writer-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson).

'Mississippi Grind': A Beautifully Bittersweet Road Movie

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn in 2015's 'Mississippi Grind'

Being John Malkovich
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Charlie Sheen
What's it about?
Craig Schwartz (Cusack) is a struggling street puppeteer. In order to make some money, Craig takes a job as a filing clerk. One day he accidentally discovers a door, containing a portal into the mind of character actor John Malkovich (played by Malkovich himself). For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip - He is John Malkovich. With his beautiful office mate Maxine (Keener) and his pet-obsessed wife (Diaz), they hatch a plan to let others into John's brain for just $200 a trip. Critically acclaimed for its originality, the film also earned nominations for Jonze and Kaufman (making their feature-film debuts as director and screenwriter, respectively).

Being John Malkovich: Original Movie Show Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ + ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE

The Nutty Professor
11:45am (repeats Thursday 11th, 3:25pm / Friday 12th, 5:30am)

PG
USA, 1963
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: French, English
Director: Jerry Lewis
Starring: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson, Richard Kiel, Del Moore
What's it about?
Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.

The Best Offer
7:30pm (repeats Thursday 11th, 3:35am & Friday 12th, 1:10am)

M
Italy, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks
What's it about?
Virgil Oldman (Rush) is a misogynist auctioneer and art collector who puts his friend Billy (Sutherland) in charge of purchasing works of art undisturbed. One day he receives a call from Claire (Hoeks), heiress to a sprawling villa full of paintings and antiques. She convinces him to evaluate her late parents’ property. From here begins a story full of passion and intrigue. From Giuseppe Tornatore, director of Cinema Paradiso.

The Best Offer: Giuseppe Tornatore interview
The Best Offer: Geoffrey Rush interview
The Best Offer review: A fine portrait of art and obsession

Swiss Army Man
9:55pm (repeats Thursday 11th, 11:20pm)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Shane Carruth
What's it about?
Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank (Dano) has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body (Radcliffe) washes ashore, and he soon realises it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams (Winstead). This wildly original film won the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Review: 'Swiss Army Man' Wears Its Weirdness As Badge Of Honour

Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in 'Swiss Army Man'

THURSDAY 11 JUNE

The Wind Rises
1:05pm (repeats Friday 12th, 3:25pm & Saturday 13th, 7:40am)

PG
Japan, 2013
Genre: Drama, Biography, Animation
Language: Japanese, German, French
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice cast: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto
What's it about?
An account of Jiro Horikoshi, a would-be pilot, who designed the fighter planes deployed by the Japanese army in World War Two. When Jiro's dreams to become a pilot are dashed by his short-sightedness, he takes a job in the aircraft division of an engineering company where he flourishes as a designer, and his talent takes him to the top of his field. Miyazaki guides us through pivotal moments in Jiro's life, through the Great Depression and into the war.

Charlie & Boots
7:35pm (repeats Friday 12th, 3:35am & 11:55pm)

M
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dean Murphy
Starring: Shane Jacobson, Paul Hogan, Morgan Griffin, Roy Billing
What's it about?
Paul Hogan plays Charlie McFarland and Shane Jacobson plays his estranged son, Boots. After a family tragedy Charlie and Boots try and put their differences aside and head off on the road trip of a lifetime - from regional Victoria to the Cape York Peninsula - they overcome many challenges to reach their dream - to fish off the northern most tip of Australia.

Predestination
9:30pm

MA15+
Australia, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michael Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
On his final time travelling assignment, a Temporal Agent (Hawke) must stop The Fizzle Bomber, the one criminal that has always managed to elude him, from killing 10,000 New Yorkers. Whilst on this mission, he seeks out a new recruit by the name of John Doe (Snook).

Predestination review: A thoughtful, ambitious adaptation
Predestination: 5 minutes with the Spierig brothers and Sarah Snook (interview)

FRIDAY 12 JUNE

A Monster in Paris
5:50pm (repeats Saturday 13th, 6:00am)

G
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Family, Animation
Language: French
Director: Bibo Bergeron
Voice cast: Vanessa Paradis, Adam Goldberg, Gad Elmaleh, Sean Lennon
What's it about?
Paris,1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colourful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorising citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Bird of Paradise cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an oversized but harmless flea, from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief.

Billy Elliot
7:30pm (repeats Saturday 13th, 3:55am / Sunday 14th, 2:05am)

M
UK, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Daldy
Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jamie Draven, Jean Heywood
What's it about?
The inspirational story of a boy from a coal mining town (Bell) whose life is changed when he discovers ballet. Billy Elliot (Bell) dazzles in energetic dance sequences set against the chaos of the 1984 coal miner's strike in Northern England. Julie Walters earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a truly original ballet instructor. 

Billy Elliot: Original Movie Show Review

The Fifth Element
9:35pm (repeats Saturday 13th, 10:00am / Sunday 14th, 6:10pm)

PG
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth. 

My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element

SATURDAY 13 JUNE

Belle
2:30pm

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson
What's it about?
This period drama is inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), who was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay, a Captain in the Royal Navy, and a Caribbean woman named Maria Belle who gave birth to their child in 1762. Belle's racial background renders her an outsider in her high society circle, and her uncle's role in a slavery case places her in the spotlight.

Film Review: 'Belle' Tells Continually Fascinating and Unusually Layered Story
Belle: Amma Asante interview

Enough Said
8:30pm

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette
What's it about?
Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) is a single parent who works as a masseuse, and is dreading the day that her daughter leaves her for college. She meets and bonds with Albert (Gandolfini), a man who is also facing an empty nest and they start dating. At the same time, Eva befriends a new customer, Marianne (Keener), who is a poet that can't stop complaining about her ex-husband. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex. From Nicole Holofcener, writer-director of Lovely & Amazing and Please Give.

Enough Said: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Nicole Holofcener interview
Enough Said Review

Hearts Beat Loud
10:10pm (repeats Sunday 14th, 4:10am / Monday 15th, 1:00am)

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Music, Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Brett Haley
Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette
What's it about?
In the hip Brooklyn neighbourhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Clemons) off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

'Hearts Beat Loud': Father and Daughter Reconnect Through Music

Kiersey Clemons and Nick Offerman form a father & daughter band in 'Hearts Beat Loud'

SUNDAY 14 JUNE

The Orator
1:55pm

PG
Samoa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Samoan
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Fiaula Sanote, Ioata Tanielu, Salamasina Mataia, Tausili Pushparaj, Fa'afiaula Sagote
What's it about?
Small in stature and humble, Saili (Sanote) lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves. The Orator is the first-ever Samoan language feature film.

The Orator: Tusi Tamasese interview
The Orator Review

Candy
8:30pm (repeats Monday 15th, 2:50am & 11:25pm)

MA15+
Australia, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
Candy (Cornish) and Dan (Ledger) are, respectively, an aspiring artist and a would-be poet whose love is matched only by each other's desire to take heroin. Initially this joint addiction strengthens the couples' bond, but as things get out of control tough choices must be made. Based on the novel by Luke Davies (writer of Lion).

Candy: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Good Manners
10:30pm (repeats Tuesday 16th, 1:25am)

MA15+
France, Brazil, 2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Language: Portuguese
Director: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Starring: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira
What's it about?
Clara (Zuaa), a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana (Estiano) as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

'Good Manners': A Genre-Busting, Class-Conscious Monster Movie

Subversive Brazilian horror film 'Good Manners'

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