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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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17 Jul 2020 - 10:04 AM  UPDATED 17 Jul 2020 - 10:51 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 20 - 26 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 20 JULY

99 Homes
7:30pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern
What's it about?
Hard-working single father Dennis Nash (Garfield) and his mother (Dern) are evicted from their home. Desperate to get his house back, Nash goes to work for the wealthy and ruthless businessman Rick Carver (Shannon) - the very man who repossessed Nash’s home. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost - on Carver’s orders, Nash must evict families from their homes; in return, Nash is promised a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. As Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

99 Homes review: A fiery parable of income inequality (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
Michael Shannon talks '99 Homes', deals with the Devil, and why he's never owned a house
'99 Homes' is perfect viewing if you're mad at the banks

Margin Call
9:35pm

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Demi Moore
What's it about?
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial sector, Margin Call involves the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Academy Award-nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.

Why You Should Watch: Margin Call

TUESDAY 21 JULY

Call Me By Your Name
7:30pm

M
Italy, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
Elio Perlman (Chalamet) is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father (Stuhlbarg) hires a handsome doctoral student (Hammer), the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), from an Oscar-winning screenplay written by James Ivory and adapted from the novel by André Aciman.

Luca Guadagnino talks 'Call Me By Your Name'
Timothée Chalamet reveals the secrets of 'Call Me By Your Name'
Call Me By Your Name review: Story of first love is a cinematic swoon

Hyena Road
10:00pm

MA15+
Canada, 2015
Genre: War, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Gross
Starring: Paul Gross, Rossif Sutherland, Clark Johnson, Neamat Arghandabi
What's it about?
Three men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives: a highly skilled sniper (Sutherland) who can’t think of his targets as human; an intelligence officer (Gross) who has never killed while on duty; and a legendary Afghan warrior (Arghandabi) who left war behind but gets pulled back to battle. All stand at the intersection of modern warfare - a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.

WEDNESDAY 22 JULY

When Marnie Was There
1:10pm

PG
Japan, 2014
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Voice cast: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima
What's it about?
Twelve-year-old Anna believes she sits outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself off from everyone around her. Concerned for her health, Anna’s foster mother decides to send her to rural Hokkaido to stay in a sleepy town by the sea. As she dreams her days away amongst the marshes, Anna finds herself strangely drawn to the enigmatic house which sits upon the edge there. This is where she meets Marnie, an energetic young girl who seems to appear from nowhere and the pair quickly become inseparable. The last film from the legendary Studio Ghibli (currently on indefinite hiatus).

Far and Away
7:30pm

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Western
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky, Colm Meaney, Jared Harris
What's it about?
Joseph (Cruise) leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter Shannon (Kidman) after some trouble with her father (Prosky), dreaming of owning land at the big giveaway in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they arrive, they find jobs and begin saving money. Joseph becomes a local barehands boxer, riding the waves of glory until he is beaten, then his employers steal all the couple's money. Together, they must fight off starvation in the winter, and try to keep their dream of owning land alive.

Precious
10:05pm

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Sage
What's it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Sidibe, in an Oscar-nominated lead performance) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She's pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother (Mo'Nique, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). In these conditions she grows up unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

Why You Should Watch: Precious

THURSDAY 23 JULY

A Kid Like Jake
7:30pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Silas Howard
Starring: Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Leo James Davis, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra
What's it about?
On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex (Danes) and Greg Wheeler (Parsons) have high hopes for four-year-old Jake. The director of Jake's preschool encourages them to accentuate Jake's gender-expansive behaviour to help him stand out. As Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what's best for Jake, and each other.

Clouds of Sils Maria
9:10pm

M
France, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche, Brady Corbet
What's it about?
At the peak of her acting career, Maria Enders (Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous years ago. Now she is being asked to take on the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant Valentine (Stewart) to rehearse in a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood actress with a penchant for scandal, Jo-Ann (Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid. Maria looks at Jo-Ann and sees an unsettling reflection of herself in her. Written and directed by Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Summer Hours).

Five Faves: ‘Lantana’ director Ray Lawrence picks what to watch in isolation

FRIDAY 24 JULY

The Program
7:30pm

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 Academy Award-nominated 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 (played by Foster), the world-renowned Tour de France champion.

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

Friday Night Lights
9:25pm

PG
USA, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez
What's it about?
A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles (Luke), is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines (Thornton) to instil in the other team members - and, by proxy, the town itself - a sense of self-respect and honour. 

SATURDAY 25 JULY

Orlando
1:00pm

PG
UK, 1992
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Billy Zane, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Crisp, John Bott
What's it about?
Tilda Swinton stars as Virginia Woolf's gender-bending hero, the noble Orlando who is commanded by Queen Elizabeth to stay forever young. Orlando experiences four centuries of sexual politics, initially through the eyes of a man, until one day Orlando wakes as a woman, struggling to retain her property and status. From acclaimed director Sally Potter (Yes, The Tango Lesson).

Orlando reviewed by David Stratton (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 stars) + Sally Potter interview (The Movie Show, Episode 20, 1993)

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.

The Boxer
8:30pm

M
Ireland, 1997
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley
What's it about?
Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn (Day-Lewis) is imprisoned for his involvement with the IRA in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill (later played by Watson). Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighbourhood to resume his life as a boxer. Written and directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name Of The Father).

David & Margaret review The Boxer - ⭐⭐⭐⭐ & ⭐⭐⭐1/2 (The Movie Show, Episode 05, 1998)

Sink or Swim
10:35pm

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Gilles Lellouche
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Marina Fois, Benoit Poelvoorde
What's it about?
40-year-old Bertrand (Amalric) has been suffering from depression for the last two years and is barely able to keep his head above water. Despite the medication he gulps down all day, every day, and his wife's encouragement, he is unable to find any meaning in his life. Curiously, he will end up finding this sense of purpose at the swimming pool, by joining an all-male synchronised swimming team.

French star Gilles Lellouche makes a directorial splash with 'Sink or Swim'

SUNDAY 26 JULY

The Bad News Bears
1:00pm

PG
USA, 1976
Genre: Comedy, Family
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Michael Ritchie
Starring: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Ben Piazza, Vic Morrow, Erin Blunt, Jackie Earle Haley
What's it about?
A grumbling, beer-guzzling former minor league pitcher (Matthau) gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits somewhat loosely called a team. With this bunch in uniform, it's impossible to get caught up in the suburban competitive spirit that drives other adults to extremes of parental discipline. So, instead, the Bears have a good time.

The Bad News Bears (1975)

The Finishers
6:50pm

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Fabien Héraud, Alexandra Lamy, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Julien (Héraud) dreams of adventure. But when you live in a wheelchair, such dreams are difficult to fulfil. To do so, Julien challenges his father (Gamblin) to compete with him in the ‘Ironman’ triathlon in Nice. A whole family comes together and reconnects in an attempt to see this incredible exploit through. 

The Finishers Review: Charming French melodrama

All Is Lost
8:30pm

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Robert Redford
What's it about?
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a sailor (Redford) wakes to find his yacht is leaking after a collision with an abandoned shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. As one catastrophe follows another, the man finds himself staring his mortality in the face. An extraordinary - and dialogue-free - tale of survival from writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call).

Borg vs. McEnroe
10:30pm

M
Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Janus Metz Pedersen
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
What's it about?
It’s the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship - the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (LaBeouf).

Shia LaBeouf Shines In 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg and Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe in 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

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