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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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19 Jun 2020 - 8:51 AM  UPDATED 19 Jun 2020 - 8:59 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 22 - 28 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 22 JUNE

Tales from Earthsea
12:05pm

PG
Japan, 2006
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Voice cast: Matt Dillon, Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Mariska Hargitay
What's it about?
A teenage prince and a wizard travel together through ruined landscapes to investigate the source of their world's imbalance, which provokes unusual occurrences that include the extinction of crops and livestock. On their journey, they encounter a foe who seeks eternal youth. From Studio Ghibli and director Gorô Miyazaki (son of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki) and based on short story collection by acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin.

Rock'n Roll
7:30pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Gilles Lellouche, Philippe Lefebvre
What's it about?
A meta-comedy, written and directed by Guillaume Canet, in which the actor (playing himself) is told by a young co-star that he's no longer 'rock 'n roll' and can't sell films anymore. He then tries to prove her wrong, with help from his girlfriend, Marion Cotillard (playing herself).

Le Brio
9:45pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Yvan Attal
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Camélia Jordana, Yasin Houicha, Nozha Khouadra
What's it about?
Neïla Salah (Jordana) grew up in Créteil, a tower block suburb on the outskirts of Paris, and dreams of becoming a lawyer. She has been accepted into a major university in Paris and on her first day there she is confronted by Pierre Mazard (Auteuil), a professor known for his provocative behaviour and blunders. To make amends for an incident, he accepts to help Neïla prepare for a prestigious competition in courtroom eloquence. From Yvan Attal, writer-director of My Wife In An Actress.

TUESDAY 23 JUNE

The Circle
2:15pm

PG
Iran, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Mojgan Faramarzi
What's it about?
A dramatic depiction of the oppression and discrimination against women in Iran. Three women on leave from prison try to fit into society, with little success. This winner of the Golden Lion at the 2000 Venice Film Festival comes from acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The White Balloon).

The Circle, reviewed by David Stratton (★★★★★)

Chappaquiddick
7:30pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Taylor Nichols
What's it about?
A piercing reexamination of the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days of Senator Ted Kennedy's (Clarke) career when he drove off a bridge, ending the life of his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara), a promising political strategist who had worked on his brother Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign the year prior. From John Curran, director of Tracks and Praise.

'Chappaquiddick': Tense and Absorbing Ted Kennedy Saga

Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy in 'Chappaquiddick'

The Trouble with You
9:30pm

M
France, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime
Language: French, Czech
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Audrey Tautou, Damien Bonnard, Octave Bossuet
What's it about?
Detective Yvonne (Haenel) is the widow of police chief Santi (Bossuet), a local hero in a town on the French Riviera. When she learns he was in fact a crooked cop, she tries to right his wrongs. Crossing paths with Antoine (Marmaï), a victim of Santi, sets off a series of wild events.

'The Trouble With You': A Spirited Comic Showcase For Adèle Haenel

The Trouble With You

WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE

The Red Balloon
8:40am

G
France, 1956
Genre: Classic
Language: French
Director: Albert Lamorisse
Starring: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier
What's it about?
In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, this 1957 Oscar-winning classic short has enchanted generations of movie lovers.

Playtime
12:45pm

France, 1967
Genre: Comedy
Language: French, German, English
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly
What's it about?
Monsieur Hulot (Tati) finds himself perplexed by the intimidating complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of an American tourist, and as they weave through the inventive urban environment, they intermittently meet, developing an interest in one another. They eventually get together at a chaotic restaurant, along with several other quirky characters.

Jacques Tati at SBS On Demand

Everything Must Go
7:40pm

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dan Rush
Starring: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Michael Peña, Laura Dern
What's it about?
Nick Halsey (Ferrell) is a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all of his possessions on the front lawn. Faced with his life imploding, Nick reluctantly holds a garage sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. Based on a short story by author Raymond Carver (Short Cuts).

Why You Should Watch: Everything Must Go

Five
9:30pm

MA15+
France, 2016
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Igor Gotesman
Starring: Pierre Niney, François Civil, Igor Gotesman, Margot Bancilhon, Idrissa Hanrot
What's it about?
Five childhood friends have long dreamed of sharing a house together. When the chance comes along, Julia (Bancilhon), Vadim (Gotesman), Nestor (Hanrot) and Timothée (Civil) jump at it, especially when Samuel (Niney) offers to pay half the rent. But shortly after they move in, Samuel finds himself penniless. He tells nobody, and instead, decides to raise the rent money by selling weed. 

THURSDAY 25 JUNE

Mostly Martha
11:20am

PG
Germany, 2001
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: German
Director: Sandra Nettleback
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto
What's it about?
In a German restaurant, Chef Martha Klein (Gedeck) is the undisputed ruler of her kitchen staff and no customer would ever dare to criticise her cooking. Cooking is her life's obsession. Even when she is ordered to have therapy, she still constantly talks about her work. All that changes when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving her eight year old daughter, Lina in Martha's care. Remade in 2007 as No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Pride
7:30pm

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Warchus
Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott
What's it about?
Based on a true story set in the summer of 1984 – when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem - the union seems embarrassed to receive their support. However, the activists are not deterred and they decide to ignore the union and go direct to the miners. Also starring 1917's George Mackay.

Pride: Review

Orchestra Class
9:45pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Rachid Hami
Starring: Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Alfred Renély, Tatiana Rojo, Slimane Dazi
What's it about?
Simon (Merad) is a distinguished, but disillusioned violinist. He has recently gone through a divorce and found a job teaching orchestra in a working-class neighbourhood of Paris. Arnold (Renély) is a shy student who is fascinated with the violin and discovers that he has real talent for it. With Arnold's raw talent and the joyous energy of his class, Simon gradually rediscovers the joys of music. But will he keep his promise to take the class to perform at the Paris Philharmonic?

FRIDAY 26 JUNE

Kirikou and the Men and Women
7:15am

PG
France, 2012
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: French
Director: Michel Ocelot
Starring: Romann Berrux, Awa Sene Sarr, Sabine Pakora
What's it about?
Old grandfather shares wonderful tales about Kirikou's childhood, when he helped the men and women from his own village and from other villages, too. Kirikou's courage and intelligence helped the Strong Woman whose roof had been destroyed by Karaba the witch; he used his cunning to find the Old Grouch, lost on the savannah; the secret of the Blue Monster; and the magical powers of music. The follow-up to 1998's Kirikou and the Sorceress and 2005's Kirikou and the Wild Beasts.

Django
7:30pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Language: German, French, English
Director: Étienne Comar
Starring: Reda Kateb, Cecile de France, Àlex Brendemühl, Maximilien Poullein
What's it about?
The story of Django Reinhardt (played by Kateb), famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943. Written and directed by Étienne Comar (screenwriter of Of Gods and Men), and based on the novel by Alexis Salatko.

Django

Two Is a Family
9:40pm

M
France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, French
Director: Hugo Gélin
Starring: Omar Sy, Clemence Poesy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston, Ashley Walters
What's it about?
Samuel (Sy) enjoys an A-list, hedonistic lifestyle on the sun-drenched beaches of the Cote d’Azur. Life is good, until the day former lover Kristin (Poesy) arrives out of nowhere and deposits the fruits of their tryst - an infant daughter, Gloria - in his care.

SATURDAY 27 JUNE

Your Name.
4:35pm

PG
Japan, 2016
Genre: Romance, Animation, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring (voice cast): Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara
What's it about?
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo, while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he's never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

Your Name review: Story of distant love is a tender genre-bender (★★★★1/2)

The Italian Job
6:35pm

PG
UK, 1969
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Peter Collinson
Starring: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Margaret Blye, Raf Vallone
What's it about?
Charlie's (Caine) got a 'job' to do. Having just left prison he finds one his of friends has attempted a high risk job in Torino, Italy, right under the nose of the mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far, so Charlie takes over the 'job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal a fortune in gold and escape in the chaos.

Seven Psychopaths
8:30pm

MA15+
UK, USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell
What's it about?
Boozy writer Marty (Farrell) is a man in search of a screenplay. He has a catchy title but no story to go along with it. Marty has a couple of oddball buddies, Hans (Walken) and Billy (Rockwell), who make a living by kidnapping rich people's dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward. However this time, the fur flies when Hans and Billy kidnap the beloved pooch of a gangster (Harrelson), and Marty uses the ensuing events as fodder for his screenplay. From Martin McDonagh, writer-director of In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Seven Psychopaths: Martin McDonagh interview

Ill Manors
10:35pm

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Ben Drew
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Lee Allen, Mem Ferda
What's it about?
Welcome to London 2012, home of the Olympic Games. Behind the veil of newly injected prosperity lies a community that's impossible to enter and even harder to escape. Set on the unforgiving streets of London, this unique crime thriller follows six disparate lives, all struggling to survive the circles of violence that engulf them.

SUNDAY 28 JUNE

This Beautiful Fantastic
6:50pm

PG
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English, Irish
Director: Simon Aboud
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine
What's it about?
A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships: between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman (Finday) with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower (Wilkinson), set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. 

The Thin Red Line
8:30pm

M
USA, 1998
Genre: War
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, James Caviezel, Nick Nolte
What's it about?
In 1942, Private Witt (Caviezel) is a U.S. Army absconder living peacefully with the locals of a small South Pacific island. Discovered by his commanding officer, Sergeant Welsh (Penn), Witt is forced to resume his active duty training for the Battle of Guadalcanal. As Witt and his unit land on the island, and the American troops mount an assault on entrenched Japanese positions, the story explores their various fates and attitudes towards life-or-death situations. Nominated for seven 1999 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Why ‘The Thin Red Line’ is the only movie I watch again and again
The Thin Red Line: Review

Rafiki
11:40pm

M
Kenya, South Africa, 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Swahili, English
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji
What's it about?
Kena (Mugatsia) and Ziki (Munyiva) long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

'Rafiki' tells a candy-coloured tale of love

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