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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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31 Jul 2020 - 10:09 AM  UPDATED 31 Jul 2020 - 11:16 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 3 - 9 August
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 3 AUGUST

Belle and Sébastien
12:15pm

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Adventure
Language: French
Director: Nicolas Vainer
Starring: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier 
What's it about?
In a small French village in the snowy Alps during the 1940s, a lonely boy called Sebastian (Bossuet) meets and tames a wild dog, Belle. But his peaceful village life is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of Nazi soldiers. Soon Sebastian's mother goes missing, so the boy and Belle go searching for her, along the way crossing paths with many travellers including Caesar (Karyo), an old man in search of his past.

3 Generations
7:50pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Gaby Dellal
Starring: Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Tate Donovan, Maria Dizzia
What's it about?
Manhattan teenager Ray (Fanning) transitions from female to male, and his family must come to terms with that fact, despite the general support of mother Maggie (Watts) and grandmother Dolly (Sarandon), an out lesbian who has been in a long-term relationship with Frances (Emond). Trouble arrives in the signing of a parental consent form, and father Craig (Donovan) hasn't been around for years.

Farewell
9:30pm

M
France, 2009
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French, Russian
Director: Christian Carion
Starring: Emir Kusturica, Willem Dafoe, Guillaume Canet, Alexandra Maria Lara, Fred Ward
What's it about?
Tells the true story of little-known KGB Colonel Sergei Grigoriev (Kusturica). Growing increasingly disillusioned with the Soviet government during the darkest days of the Cold War, the veteran Russian spy turns double agent and leaks state secrets to the West via the ear of French businessman, Pierre Froment (Canet).

Farewell review: A Fascinating Cold War Conspiracy

TUESDAY 4 AUGUST

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.

Female Agents
10:05pm

MA15+
France, 2008
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: French
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Deborah Francis, Marie Gillain
What's it about?
A five-woman commando unit parachutes into occupied France in May 1944 on a daring and dangerous mission to protect the secret of the D-Day Landings and eliminate Colonel Heindrich (Bleibtreu), the head of the German counter-intelligence. Louise (Marceau) is a trained sniper and the widow of a Resistance leader. Jeanne (Depardieu) is a tough sex worker who won't hesitate to kill. Gaelle (Francis) is a young and brilliant explosives expert desperate to see some action. Suzy (Gillain) is a stunning former showgirl and Heindrich's one-time lover. Maria (Maya Sansa) is an Italian contessa undercover with the French Resistance.

Female Agents review: Spy drama goes beyond the Mata Hari myth (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST

Elegy
7:30pm

M
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Peter Sarsgaard, Patricia Clarkson, Penélope Cruz, Ben Kingsley
What's it about?
This adaptation of Philip Roth's 2001 novel "The Dying Animal" charts the passionate relationship between a celebrated New York college professor, David Kepesh (Kingsley) and a young Cuban-born woman, Consuela Castillo (Cruz) whose beauty both ravishes and destablises him. As their intimate connection transforms them – more than either could imagine – a charged sexual contest evolves into an indelible love story. Written & directed by Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me).

Elegy: Review

The Company You Keep
9:35pm

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Redford
Starring: Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Julie Christie, Anna Kendrick
What's it about?
After a former member (Sarandon) of the radical protest/terrorist organisation the Weather Underground turns herself in to the FBI, a young journalist (LaBeouf) becomes determined to find the other members. Soon enough, he discovers the identity of Jim Grant (Redford), another former member who is wanted for murder. 

THURSDAY 6 AUGUST

Arbitrage
7:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta, Chris Eigeman
What's it about?
On the eve of his 60th birthday, New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Gere) is the portrait of success - at least on the surface. In reality, Miller is in over his head, trying desperately to sell his empire to a big bank before the authorities and his family uncover the depth of his fraud. Unexpectedly, a critical error forces Miller to juggle family, business and crime with the aid of a former associate, but a detective's suspicions mean it may already be too late.

Wall Street scams get personal in 'Arbitrage'

The East
9:30pm

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Starring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Aldis Hodge, Patricia Clarkson
What's it about?
An operative (Page) for an elite private intelligence firm goes into deep cover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. Bent on apprehending these fugitives, she finds her loyalty tested as her feelings grow for the group's charismatic leader (Skarsgård). The second feature from writer/director Batmanglij and writer/actor Marling, following 2011's sci-fi/thriller The Sound of My Voice

The East: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

FRIDAY 7 AUGUST

On Chesil Beach
7:30pm

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Dominic Cooke
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson
What's it about?
It is summer 1962, and England is still a year away from huge social changes - Beatlemania, the sexual revolution and the Swinging Sixties. We first encounter Florence (Ronan) and Edward (Howle), a young couple in their early twenties, on their wedding day. Now on their honeymoon, they are dining in their room at a stuffy, sedate hotel near Chesil Beach in Dorset, where one of them makes a major decision that will utterly change both of their lives forever. Based on the novella by Ian McEwan.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
9:35pm

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon McBurney
What's it about?
In 1970s England, the head of MI6, Control (Hurt), dispatches an agent to meet with a Hungarian general who knows the identity of a Soviet spy in the organisation's ranks. However, the mission goes wrong and the general dies before he can reveal the information. Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (McBurney) calls veteran agent George Smiley (Oldman, in his first Oscar-nominated performance) back from forced retirement to ferret out the mole and stop the flow of vital British secrets to the Russians. Based on the classic John Le Carre novel

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Tomas Alfredson interview
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

SATURDAY 8 AUGUST

The World's Fastest Indian
6:10pm

PG
New Zealand, 2005
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, Craig Hall
What's it about?
After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle, Burt Munro (Hopkins) set off from the bottom of the world to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all odds against him, he set a new speed record and captured the spirit of his times. Based on a true story, and directed by Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Smash Palace).

The Debt
8:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Madden
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds
What's it about?
The story of Rachel Singer (Mirren), a former Mossad agent who endeavoured to capture and bring to trial a notorious Nazi war criminal—the Surgeon of Birkenau—in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has surfaced, and Rachel must go back to Eastern Europe to uncover the truth. Overwhelmed by haunting memories of her younger self and her two fellow agents, the still-celebrated heroine must relive the trauma of those events and confront the debt she has incurred.

The Debt pays off for Worthington (interview)
The Debt: Review

A Dangerous Method
10:35pm

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon
What's it about?
Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Fassbender) takes the unbalanced Sabina Spielrein (Knightley) as his patient in this psychological drama from acclaimed director David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers, A History of Violence). Jung's weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), but soon both men fall under Sabina's spell.

A Dangerous Method: David Cronenberg interview
Why You Should Watch: A Dangerous Method

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST

A United Kingdom
6:25pm

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport
What's it about?
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

'A United Kingdom' celebrates interracial couples on screen, with contemporary relevance

Burning
9:30pm

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Korean
Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jun Jong-seo, Kim Soo-kyung, Choi Seung-ho
What's it about?
Deliveryman Jongsu (Yoo) is out on a job when he runs into Haemi (Jun), a girl who once lived in his neighbourhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return, she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben (Yeun), who she met during her trip. One day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby... Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, and directed by Lee Chang-Dong (Oasis, Secret Sunshine).

'Burning': Fanning The Flames Of Rage
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