• From left: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover; The Host; Raging Bull; The Last King Of Scotland (Supplied)Source: Supplied
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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3 Jul 2020 - 9:44 AM  UPDATED 3 Jul 2020 - 11:00 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movies Guide: 6 - 12 July
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 6 JULY

Sophie's Misfortunes
11:40am

PG
France, 2016
Genre: Family, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Christophe Honore
Starring: Caroline Grant, Anaïs Demoustier, Golshifteh Farahani, Muriel Robin
What's it about?
Sophie (Grant) is far from being the model little girl one would like her to be, unlike her friends. She always insists on having her own way, often getting into trouble, to the despair of one and all. But her mother is unbending and otherwise inclined and wants her daughter to enjoy the essential of a good upbringing. She will not let her get away with anything, and poor Sophie will often have to live with the consequences of her bad behaviour and learn her lesson. Which is not always very easy.

Sophie's Misfortunes

Lion
5:20pm

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'

The King's Choice
7:30pm

M
Norway, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Language: Danish, Swedish, German
Director: Erik Poppe
Starring: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny
What's it about?
On 9 April 1940, German soldiers arrive in the city of Oslo. The King of Norway faces a choice that will change his country forever. This film tells the a story of the three most dramatic days in Norway's history, the royal family's escape and King Haakon's difficult choice after Nazi Germany's invasion of Norway.

Raging Bull
10:00pm

MA15+
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent
What's it about?
Loosely based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta (De Niro), Raging Bull focuses on Jake's rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The same anger also drives Jake to beat his wife and his brother Joey, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage. Regarded alongside Taxi Driver as the peak of director Martin Scorsese's collaborations with Robert De Niro.

TUESDAY 7 JULY

Strings
10:00am

PG
Denmark, UK, 2004
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund
Starring: James McAvoy, Catherine McCormack, Julian Glover, Derek Jacobi, Ian Hart
What's it about?
Strings is a mythological story about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to avenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people - and where he least expects it - he finds true love.

Mary and the Witch's Flower
11:40am

PG
Japan, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Voice Cast: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yuki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata
What's it about?
One day, while spending the summer with her great aunt, Mary follows an odd cat into the nearby woods. There she stumbles upon flowers which hold a strange, luminescent power that brings a broomstick to life - which then, in a heartbeat, whisks her above the clouds and off to a strange and secret place. It is here she finds Endor College - a school of magic.

Certain Women
7:30pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone
What's it about?
A handful of intersecting lives across Montana. A lawyer (Dern) tries to diffuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client (Chernobyl's Jared Harris), who feels slighted by a workers’ compensation settlement. A married couple (Williams, James Le Gros) breaks ground on a new home but exposes marital fissures when they try to persuade an elderly man to sell his stockpile of sandstone. A ranch hand (Gladstone) forms an attachment to a young lawyer (Stewart), who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home. From acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy & Lucy, Meek's Cutoff).

Certain Women review: A quiet triumph
Kelly Reichardt is one of the best filmmakers working today

Boys Don't Cry
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Romance, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III
What's it about?
This is based on a true story which happened in Nebraska in 1993. Brandon Teena (Swank, in an Oscar-winning performance) is a trans man with plans for gender-affirming surgery sometime soon. He finds himself in Falls City, believing he can escape his past and be accepted as he wants to be. Initially, he is, and even falls in love with Lana (Sevigny), but his existence is soon in danger when bigoted locals discover his identity.

The Movie Show reviews Boys Don't Cry, March 2000 (David & Margaret: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

WEDNESDAY 8 JULY

Howl's Moving Castle
1:15pm

PG
Japan, 2004
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Emily Mortimer, Jena Malone, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

Howl’s Moving Castle: 2005 Movie Show review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

Churchill
7:30pm

PG
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham
What's it about?
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill (Cox). Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment.

The Last King of Scotland
9:30pm

M
UK, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: French, German, Swahili, English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington
What's it about?
Nicholas Garrigan (McAvoy), a young doctor from Scotland, decides it is time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education. He decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of president Obote. General Idi Amin (Whitaker, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance) comes to power and asks him to become his personal doctor. When will Nicholas realise Amin is not the friend of the nation, but a brutal dictator?

THURSDAY 9 JULY

Mosley
5:40pm

PG
China, New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Kirby Atkins
Voice Cast: Lucy Lawless, John Rhys-Davies, Temuera Morrison, Rhys Darby, Kirby Atkins
What's it about?
Mosley, and his family of four-legged Thoriphants, live a worker's life on an isolated farm owned by Simon - a sullen, and mean-spirited farmer. One evening, after plowing all day, Mosley' discovers a cave with large ancient drawings on the walls - they're of Thoriphants similar to Mosley and Rue except they stand upright! Is this what the Thoriphant race used to be? What happened to cause them to become bent backed creatures without hands?

Testament of Youth
7:30pm

UK, 2014
Genre: History, Drama, War
Language: English
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell
What's it about?
A British woman (Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander in her breakthrough role) recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. Based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. 

La Vie en Rose
9:55pm

M
France, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
A biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf (Cotillard, in an Oscar-winning performance), whose voice and talent captivated the world. The remarkable artist was born into poverty but survived using the only gift she had – her voice. Piaf's tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets.  

La Vie En Rose review: You will have no regrets seeing this (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

FRIDAY 10 JULY

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
4:55pm

PG
Japan, 2013
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Director: Isao Takahata
Voice Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata
What's it about?
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthrals all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. A Studio Ghibli film, from legendary director Isao Takahata (Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies).

Les Misérables
7:30pm

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Musical, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean (Jackman), is released and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert (Crowe). Set in early revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion. Directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), this screen version of the beloved stage musical (based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel) won three Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress (Hathaway), and was nominated for a further five including Best Picture.

The King's Speech
10:20pm

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle
What's it about?
After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie (Firth), who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Rush). Winner of Best Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards.

The King's Speech review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2): Full of wit, grace and emotion

SATURDAY 11 JULY

Out of Africa
5:30pm

M
USA, 1985
Genre: History, Romance, Drama
Language: English, Swahili
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen
What's it about?
Based on a true story. Streep plays real-life author Karen Blixen, who moves from Denmark to Nairobi with her husband of convenience (Brandauer) to start a plantation. Once there, she finds herself falling in love with a British adventurer (Redford) and struggling with the troubles of daily life in Africa. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director (for Pollack) and Best Picture.

Hell or High Water
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham
What's it about?
After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Pine) and Tanner (Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto (Birmingham). Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Bridges).

Hell or High Water review: A haunting, humanist western

'Hell or High Water' was a high point of 2016.

The Host
10:25pm

M
South Korea, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Doona Bae
What's it about?
An American military base of Yongson releases toxic chemicals in the drain to the Han River under the direct order of an arrogant coroner. Six years later, a mutant squid monster leaves the water and attacks people on the side of the river. The third feature from Bong Joon-ho (also starring his regular actor Song Kang-ho), director of this year's Best Picture-winner Parasite.

 

SUNDAY 12 JULY

Sissi
10:25am

PG
Germany, 1955
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Ernst Marischka
Starring: Romy Schneider, Uta Franz, Vilma Degischer, Karlheinz Böhm
What's it about?
Princess Elisabeth (Schneider), also known as Sissi, captivates the young Emperor of Austria, Francis Joseph (Böhm). His domineering mother, Archduchess Sophie (Degischer), has made plans for him to marry his cousin Princess Helene (Franz), but as fate would have it, he meets Sissi instead and is charmed by the vivacious princess who prefers fishing to courtly receptions.

Sissi: The Young Empress
12:25pm

PG
Germany, 1956
Genre: Drama, History
Language: German, Hungarian
Director: Ernst Marischka
Starring: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm
What's it about?
After the fairytale wedding between Sissi (Schneider) and Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria (Böhm), Sissi waits impatiently to spend time with her new husband. Finally Sissi becomes pregnant with their first child and she is overjoyed, until Franz Joseph's mother makes the decision that Sissi is too young to look after her baby. This follow-up to the first Sissi film (1955) follows her first years in court and her adjustment to being part of a joint monarchy.

Sissi: The Fateful Years
2:25pm

PG
Germany, 1957
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: German
Director: Ernst Marischka
Starring: Walter Reyer, Vilma Degischer, Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm
What's it about?
As Queen of Hungary, Sissi (Schneider) stays in Godolo, far from the loneliness of the royal palace in Vienna and her cruel mother-in-law, Archduchess Sophie (Degischer). Although she loves her time there, she returns to Vienna to avoid Count Andrassy's (Reyer) advances.

Out of Sight
8:30pm

M
USA, 1998
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Catherine Keener, Ving Rhames, Albert Brooks
What's it about?
After Jack Foley (Clooney) escapes from jail with the help of his partner, Buddy Bragg (Rhames), he takes Karen Sisco (Lopez), a sexy federal agent, hostage. Immediately sparks fly between the two. Eventually they let her go and leave Miami behind, heading directly for Detroit, where they plan to rob a former cellmate of theirs, a wealthy, white-collar criminal (Brooks). When Karen finally locates Foley, a passionate encounter unfurls. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies & Videotape, Traffic).

Out of Sight: 1998 Movie Show review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 from David and Margaret)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
10:45pm

MA15+
France, Netherlands, UK, 1989
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Richard Bohringer, Alan Howard, Tim Roth, Ciaran Hinds
What's it about?
A gang leader (Gambon), accompanied by his wife (Mirren) and his associates, entertains himself every night in a fancy French restaurant that he has recently bought. Having tired of her sadistic, boorish husband, the wife finds herself a lover (Howard) and makes love to him in the restaurant's cosiest places with the silent permission of the cook (Bohringer). An arthouse classic from acclaimed director Peter Greenaway (The Draughtsman's Contract, A Zed and Two Noughts).

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover: 1990 Movie Show Review (David: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2, Margaret: ⭐⭐⭐)
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover: Peter Greenaway Interview

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