• Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049), leaves SBS On Demand on October 19th. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout October.
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30 Sep 2020 - 9:20 AM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 3:36 PM

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The Tree of Life (leaves SBS On Demand on October 1st)

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) traces the evolution of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy love and mercy (from his mother, played by Chastain), to his introduction to the 'ways of the world' (from his father, played by Pitt). Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Why You Should Watch: The Tree of Life

 

Vanity Fair (1/10)

PG
UK, 2004
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Romola Garai, Gabriel Byrne, Rhys Ifans
What's it about?
Early 1800s. Napoleon and England are about to go to war as we meet the grown Becky Sharp (Witherspoon). Hers is the story of a social climber that begins as she graduates from governess school, where she was taken in as an orphaned toddler. Becky is from the wrong side of the tracks, but that doesn't stop her from marrying into the well to-do Crawley family in a time when women especially were forbidden to cross classes. The story takes Becky from poverty, a social outcast and rural England, to riches, society London, India and back again.

Vanity Fair (2004)

 

Asterix And Obelix Vs Caesar (2/10)

PG
France, 1999
Genre: Adventure
Language: French
Director: Claude Zidi
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni
What's it about?
In 50 B.C., the whole Gaul country is under Roman occupation... except for one small village, who keep resisting to the invaders. That is until Roman Emperor Julius Caesar decides to have the village druid, Getafix, kidnapped and to besiege the village. Two fearless villagers, Asterix (Christian Clavier) and Obelix (Gérard Depardieu), decide to go on a mission to rescue Getafix.

 

Departures (2/10)

M
Japan, 2008
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôjirô Takita
Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki
What's it about?
Daigo Kobayashi (Motoki) is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Departures Review

 

Saint Laurent (2/10)

MA15+
France, 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: French
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel, Brady Corbet
What's it about?
A look at the life of the late French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent (Ulliel), from 1965 to 1976 when he was at the peak of his career. From acclaimed director Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, House of Pleasures).

Saint Laurent Review

 

Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future (2/10)

PG
Canada, USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Damon Kwame Mason
What's it about?
Presents and retells the unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. For untold decades, hockey was seen as a homogeneous sport, exciting to watch but played by one kind of player. But people deserve to now know of the exploits of athletes who dared to stand out, and dared to make the sport their own.

 

 

The Real Rocky (2/10)

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
What's it about?
Chuck Wepner is a liquor salesman from Bayonne, N.J., who drives a Cadillac with “Champ” vanity plates. A former New Jersey State Heavyweight Boxing Champion, he took abuse from Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired Sylvester Stallone to write “Rocky” which won three Academy Awards. Wepner was left out of the “Rocky” glory, and his career took turn after strange turn as he worked to stay in the spotlight: he went on to fight Andre the Giant as “The Assassin” and boxed a 900 pound bear. Twice.

The Real Rocky
 

 

Black Sea (3/10)

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
This thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the VoidLast King of Scotland) follows a captain (Law), who puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.

 

Florence Foster Jenkins (3/10)

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson
What's it about?
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears (The QueenMy Beautiful Laundrette).

Florence Foster Jenkins review: A bright, bubbly and ear-bursting biopic

 

Vicky Donor (3/10)

M
India, 2012
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: Hindi
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia
What's it about?
The head of a fertility clinic and sperm bank (Kapoor) needs a reliable source of high-quality semen. As luck would have it, he comes into contact with Vicky Arora (Khurrana), an attractive Punjabi whom he convinces to become a donor. When Vicky falls in love and marries a Bengali called Ashima (Gautam), their relationship takes a turn for the worse when it is discovered that she is infertile.

 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (4/10)

PG
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

 

Headdress (5/10)

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: JJ Neepin
What's it about?
For First Nations communities, the headdress bears significant meaning. It's a powerful symbol of hard-earned leadership and responsibility. As filmmaker JJ Neepin prepares to wear her grandfather's headdress for a photo shoot she reflects on lessons learned and the thoughtless ways in which the tradition has been misappropriated.

 

Waru (6/10)

M
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori, English
Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
What's it about?
From eight female Maori directors come eight connected stories (in Maori, waru means 8), each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.

 

A Perfect Day (8/10)

M
Spain, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Serbian, English, Spanish, French, Bosnian
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry
What's it about?
Somewhere in the Balkans, 1995. A team of aid workers must solve an apparently simple problem in an almost completely pacified territory that has been devastated by a cruel war, but some of the local inhabitants, the retreating combatants, the UN forces, many cows and an absurd bureaucracy will not cease to put obstacles in their way.

 

Hector and the Search for Happiness (8/10)

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Language: German, English, French
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer
What's it about?
Hector (Pegg) is an eccentric psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine-driven life, embarking on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

 

The Falcon and the Snowman (8/10)

MA15+
UK, USA, 1985
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten
What's it about?
The idealistic son (Hutton) of an ex-FBI agent and his volatile, dope dealing friend (Penn), pull off the most brazen act of espionage since World War II when they sell some of America's most sensitive secrets to the KGB. From director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man).

 

Beauty and the Beast (9/10)

PG
France, 2014
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
In this adaptation of the classic fairy tale, an unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter (Seydoux) of a merchant (Dussollier) offers herself to the mysterious beast (Cassel) to which her father has become indebted. 

 

Kon-Tiki (9/10)

M
UK, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Action
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
What's it about?
The story of the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's (Hagen) epic 101 day, 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947. Along with 5 adventurous companions, Heyerdal sought to prove his theory that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

Adam Goodes - The Final Quarter (10/10)

PG
Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ian Darling
What's it about?
Re-examines the incidents that marked the final 3 years of Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes' playing career. Made entirely from archival footage, photos and interviews sourced from television, radio and newspapers, the film reviews the national conversation that took place over this period.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest (10/10)

G
UK, 1952
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Dorothy Tutin
What's it about?
Algernon Moncrieff (Denison) is surprised to discover that his affluent friend (Redgrave) -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing. Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew (Tutin). Cecily believes that Ernest is Jack's wayward brother and is keen on his raffish lifestyle. Algernon, seeing an opportunity, assumes Ernest's identity and sneaks off to woo Cecily. Based on the classic Oscar Wilde play.

The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

 

Lord of the Flies (11/10)

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Harry Hook
Starring: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale, Andrew Taft
What's it about?
The 1980’s adaptation of the classic novel by Nobel Prize winner Sir William Golding is the powerful drama of a group of young American military school cadets stranded on a remote island.

 

 

Midnight in Paris (11/10)

PG
Spain, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
Vacationing in contemporary Paris with his fiancee (McAdams), an insecure writer (Wilson) is whisked back in time and meets Jazz Age giants of art and literature. The most commercially successful film to date from Woody Allen, who won the Best Original Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Midnight in Paris: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

 

Breathe (12/10)

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Andy Serkis
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
In 1957, Robin Cavendish (Garfield), a dashing, charismatic young Englishman, meets a beautiful woman named Diana Blacker (Foy) and swiftly decides to marry her. He takes his new wife out to Kenya, where he works as a tea broker. But within months, he is struck down by polio, which leaves him completely paralysed from the neck down, and dependent on a respirator to ‘breathe’ for him. 

 

Hearts Beat Loud (12/10)

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'

 

Closed Curtain (13/10)

M
Iran, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Kambuzia Partovi, Jafar Panahi
Starring: Abolghasem Sobhani, Azadeh Torabi, Hadi Saeedi, Maryam Moqadam, Kambuzia Partovi, Jafar Panahi
What's it about?
They are both on the run: the man with the dog he isn’t allowed to own because Islamic law deems it to be unclean, and the young woman who took part in an illicit party on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They barricade themselves into a secluded villa with curtained windows and eye each other suspiciously. Why has he shaved his head? How does she know he is being followed by the police? They are both now prisoners in a house without a view in the midst of a hostile environment. The second film Panahi made during his filmmaking ban, after 2011's This Is Not A Film.

 

Mary and Max (16/10)

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Animation
Language: English
Director: Adam Elliot
Voice Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries
What's it about?
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary (voiced by Collette), a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max (voiced by Hoffman), a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. From Adam Elliot, creator of the Oscar-winning 2003 short Harvie Krumpet, and nominated for Best Film at the 2009 AFI Awards.

Mary and Max Review: An achingly beautiful character study of an enduring friendship (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

 

Loving (17/10)

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp
What's it about?
The story of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga, in an Oscar-nominated performance), an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), the story was also the subject of the documentary The Loving Storynow streaming at SBS On Demand.

 

Philomena (18/10)

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Mare Winningham
What's it about?
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan, who also co-wrote the film's Oscar-nominated screenplay) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena (Dench, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America.Philomena

 

Incendies (19/10)

MA15+
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette
What's it about?
When notary Lebe (Rémy Girard)l sits down with Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon Marwan (Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal's (Lubna Azabal) will, the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn't know existed. In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal's retreat into unexpected silence during the final weeks of her life. From director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Arrival).

Incendies: Denis Villeneuve interview
Incendies Review
Why You Should Watch: Incendies


 

This Beautiful Fantastic (20/10)

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. 

 

Fahrenheit 11/9 (21/10)

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Featuring: Michael Moore, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Roseanne Barr, Stephen K. Bannon
What's it about?
Renowned filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the United States. Traveling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump's victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the Electoral College, the government agenda and his hometown of Flint, Michigan. 

 

Micmacs (21/10)

M
France, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Nicolas Marié, Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle
What's it about?
This whimsical fantasy comedy from acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (AmelieA Very Long Engagement), takes on the arms dealers of the world. While standing in the doorway of the video shop where he works, Bazil (Boon) has been inadvertently shot in the head. Now homeless and jobless, he is taken in by a troupe of misfits who live in a giant mound of trash. There Bazil begins his quest for revenge against the people who produced the gun that shot him. 
Micmacs

 

Nakom (21/10)

M
Ghana, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Kelly Daniela Norris, T.W. Pittman
Starring: Jacob Ayanaba, Grace Ayariga, Justina Kulidu
What's it about?
Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student returns to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival. Nominated for the John Cassavetes Award (best feature budgeted under $500,000) at the 2017 Independent Spirit awards.

 

Ash Is Purest White (25/10)

MA15+
China, 2018
Genre: Crime, Romance, Drama
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Director: Jia Zhangke
Starring: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Feng Xiaogang, Xu Zheng
What's it about?
Qiao (Zhao) is in love with Bin (Fan), a big time mobster in a small provincial town. Despite the dangers of the criminal underworld, Qiao rests easy with the protection provided by the mob’s brotherhood. However, when a rival gang attacks, Qiao steps up to protect Bin. Her act of loyalty sends her to prison for five years. From acclaimed director Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin, Platform).

Ash is Purest White review: Love smoulders, crime pays

 

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (25/10)

M
Spain, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Javier Bardem
What's it about?
Two girlfriends (Johansson, Hall) on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter (Bardem), unaware that his ex-wife (Cruz, winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

It’s three the easy way in Vicky Cristina Barcelona

 

Paradise Now (27/10)

M
Palestine, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Arabic
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal
What's it about?
Lifelong Palestinian friends, Said (Kais Nashif) and Khaled (Aki Suliman) lead a normal life, working together in a garage and never discussing politics or religion. Having sometime ago volunteered to become suicide bombers they learn they have been chosen for the next mission and that it will begin in only 24 hours. But the carefully designed plans go awry as the two men are separated and cannot communicate. They have to face their destiny and their own convictions. Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Paradise Now: Review

 

Jungle Book (28/10)

G
USA, 1942
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Zoltan Korda
Starring: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Rosemary DeCamp, Patricia O'Rourke
What's it about?
A baby is brought up in the jungle by a wolf pack. Mowgli (Sabu) is content with his animal friends, until one day he stumbles upon a village and is captured. One of the women recognises him as her lost son, and there he also meets and falls in love with a young girl, Mahala (O'Rourke). After killing his rival, Shere Kahn the tiger, he returns with its skin as a trophy, at which point the villagers believe he is a demon and cast him out. Back in the jungle once more, he is determined to see his mother and be loved again. The first big screen treatment of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel.

 

Arsene Lupin (29/10)

M
France, 2004
Genre: Crime
Language: French
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Starring: Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas
What's it about?
Arsène Lupin (Duris), an aristocratic Belle Epoque gentleman robber, preys on the rich and is kind to the poor. Fate teams him up with the beautiful and mysterious Countess of Cagliostro (Scott Thomas) who is involved in a devious plot to recover the treasure of the kings of France. The key to the treasure is seven golden crucifixes. An underground monarchist network is also after the treasure: they need it to fund the restoration of the monarchy.

 

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (31/10)

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, William Hurt
What's it about?
In a future world of runaway global warming and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspect of their lives with sophisticated companion robots called Mechas. When an advanced prototype robot child named David (Osment) is programmed to show unconditional love, his human family isn't prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, David is on his own in a strange and dangerous world. Befriended by a streetwise Mecha (Law), David embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secret of his own identity. Originally a project that was to be directed by Stanley Kubrick, who handed it to Steven Spielberg in 1995.

 

Bad Genius (31/10)

M
Thailand, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Crime
Language: Thai
Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya
Starring: Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan, Teeradon Supapunpinyo
What's it about?
Inspired by true events. Lynn (Chuengcharoensukying), a brilliant high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to travel from Bangkok to Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the millions-Baht task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.

'Bad Genius': Exam-Cheating Syndicate Makes For Nail-Biting Heist Movie

 

Black Snake Moan (31/10)

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, David Banner
What's it about?
A troubled bluesman (Jackson) seeks to redeem a young woman (Ricci) whose uncontrollable lust threatens to destroy her life. From Craig Brewer, writer and director of Hustle & Flow.

 

Border (31/10)

MA15+
Denmark, Sweden, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Ali Abbasi
Starring: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Sten Ljunggren, Ann Petrén
What's it about?
When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. Based on a short story from Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, this won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

 

Brotherhood of the Wolf (31/10)

MA15+
France, 2001
Genre: Horror
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Mark Dacascos, Samuel Le Bihan
What's it about?
In 18th Century France, naturalist Grégoire de Fronsac (Le Bihan) and his American Indian blood brother Mani (Dacascos) are sent to hunt for the mysterious wolf-like beast that has been killing women and children. Fronsac soon meets Jean-François de Morangias (Cassel), a sour young man who lost an arm at battle, and his sister Marianne (Dequenne), with whom he falls in love. He visits the local whorehouse where the very beautiful madam Sylvia (Bellucci) appears to have designs on him. But the killings continue and Fronsac starts to have suspicions that the beast has a master.  

 

Café de Flore (31/10)

M
France, Canada, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Hélène Florent, Kevin Parent, Marin Gerrier, Evelyn Brochu
What's it about?
A love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline (Paradis), a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., Dallas Buyers Club).

Café de Flore: Jean-Marc Vallée interview
Café de Flore Review

 

Capricorn One (31/10)

PG
UK, USA, 1977
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Karen Black
What's it about?
In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phoney Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on re-entry. Now, with the help of a crusading reporter, they must battle a sinister conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep the truth.

 

Court (31/10)

MA15+
India, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Marathi, English, Gujarati, Hindi
Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Starring: Usha Bane, Vivek Gomber, Pradeep Joshi, Geetanjali Kulkarni
What's it about?
A sewerage worker's dead body is found inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abetment of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. As the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.

 

Death in Brunswick (31/10)

MA15+
Australia, 1990
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Ruane
Starring: Sam Neill, Zoe Carides, Yvonne Lawley, Nick Lathouris, Nicholas Papademetriou
What's it about?
A reserved man in need of a job, Carl Fitzgerald finds employment at a Greek restaurant. Upon meeting waitress Sophie, Carl begins dating the attractive woman. Though it seems things are improving for Carl, an unexpected situation leads to the death of Mustafa, a shady coworker, and Carl must figure out how to cover up the incident. Unsure of what to do, Carl enlists the help of his buddy, Dave, to get rid of Mustafa's corpse.

 

Dogs in Space (31/10)

MA15+
Australia, 1986
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Lowenstein
Starring: Michael Hutchence, Saskia Post, Nique Needles, Deanna Bond, Tony Helou
What's it about?
The place is Melbourne, Australia 1978. The punk phenomenon is sweeping the country and Dogs In Space, a punk group, are part of it. In a squat, in a dodgy suburb, live a ragtag collection of outcasts and don't-wanna-be's who survive on a diet of old TV space films, drugs and good music. And the satellite SKYLAB could crash through their roof at any moment.

Rooms for the Memory: 'Dogs in Space' and the getting of wisdom

Michael Hutchence in 'Dogs in Space'

 

Experimenter (31/10)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo
What's it about?
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to a stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Ryder) stands by him through it all.

'Experimenter': Fascinating Biopic of Controversial Social Psychologist Stanley Milgram

Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram in 2015's 'Experimenter'

 

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (31/10)

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Danish, French, Tahitian
Director: Édouard Deluc
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini
What's it about?
In 1891, the French painter Paul Gauguin (Cassel) leaves Paris and travels to Tahiti to renew his art as a free man, far from the European artistic conventionalism. On his journey of discovery, he faces solitude and disease, but he also knows the beauty of wild nature and the love of Tehura (Adams), a young native girl who becomes his wife and model.

 

Hidden (31/10)

M
France, 2005
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Annie Girardot
What's it about?
A married couple, terrorised by a series of surveillance videotapes and drawings planted at their home, tries to find the identity of their stalker, with unexpected and life-shattering consequences. Directed by Michael Haneke (Amour, Funny Games).

 

Holy Motors (31/10)

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Jean-François Balmer, Eva Mendes, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue
What's it about?
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar (Lavant), a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man. He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part – but there are no cameras present. From Leos Carax, cult director of The Lovers on the Bridge and the upcoming musical Annette (starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard).

Holy Motors: Denis Lavant interview
Holy Motors: Cheat sheet
Holy Motors Review

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One Thousand Ropes (31/10)

M
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Frankie Adams, Nathaniel Lees, Uelese Petaia, Beulah Koale
What's it about?
The father of a deeply troubled household that endured tragedy both from without and within, seeks to reconcile with his youngest daughter by making a journey to both symbolically and culturally lay the family "ghosts" to rest.

 

Our Time Will Come (31/10)

M
China, Hong Kong, 2017
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese
Director: Ann Hui
Starring: Zhou Xun, Deannie Yip, Eddie Peng, Wallace Huo, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
What's it about?
In the 1940s, school teacher Fang Lan becomes embroiled with the resistance efforts of local guerilla group Dongjiang during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. Fang is recruited by one of the resistance group's captain Blackie Lau after assisting the group with a rescue mission of novelist Mao Dun. Fang's mother volunteers to take her place as a courier for a mission and is arrested. To save her mother, Fang finds herself turning to a childhood sweetheart, who now works at the Japanese occupation headquarters.

'Our Time Will Come' leads Hong Kong Film Awards

 

Polina (31/10)

M
France, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Russian
Director: Angelin Preljocaj, Valerie Muller
Starring: Anastasia Shevtsova, Juliette Binoche, Niels Schneider, Miglen Mirtchev, Aleksey Guskov
What's it about?
Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski (Guskov), Polina (Shevtsova) is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Binoche). Despite her determination and hard work to the point of obsession, Polina just can't seem to break through. So she moves to Anvers in search of work - and a new life.

 

The Duellists (31/10)

PG
UK, 1977
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, Russian
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox, Cristina Raines
What's it about?
In 1800, as Napoleon Bonaparte rises to power in France, a rivalry erupts between Armand and Gabriel, two lieutenants in the French Army, over a perceived insult. For over a decade, they engage in a series of duels amidst larger conflicts, including the failed French invasion of Russia in 1812, and shifts in the political and social systems of Europe.

 

The Eagle Has Landed (31/10)

PG
UK, 1976
Genre: War, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, German, Polish
Director: John Sturges
Starring: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence
What's it about?
When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Hitler.

 

The Orator (31/10)

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 (Fiaula 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

The Orator

 

The Past (31/10)

M
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Ali Mosaffa, Tahar Rahim
What's it about?
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife Marie (Bejo, winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival prize for Best Actress) starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce, unveiling a secret from their past. From acclaimed writer-director Asghar Farhadi, whose films A Separation and The Salesman have won Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 and 2017 Academy Awards.

The Past review: Farhadi betters his Oscar-winning break-up tale
The Past: Asghar Farhadi interview

 

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (31/10)

M
UK, 1965
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Dutch, English
Director: Martin Ritt
Starring: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker
What's it about?
Based on a novel by John Le Carre, this classic espionage movie stars Richard Burton as a burnt-out British agent sent out on his last mission in Berlin. There, he is to infiltrate East German intelligence, as he's recruited by an ambitious Communist operative, but his real role soon becomes all too apparent.

 

The Unknown Girl (31/10)

M
Belgium, France, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Language: French
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jeremie Renier, Louka Minnella
What's it about?
Jenny, a young doctor who feels guilty after a young woman she refused to see winds up dead a few days later, decides to find out who the girl was, after the police can't identify the young woman. Written and directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night, The Kid With the Bike).

 

Venus (31/10)

MA15+
UK, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Griffiths
What's it about?
Maurice is an aging veteran actor who becomes absolutely taken with Jessie - the grandniece of his closest friend. When Maurice tries to soften the petulant and provincial young girl with the benefit of his wisdom and London culture, their give-and-take surprises both Maurice and Jessie as they discover what they don't know about themselves.

 

Winter Sleep (31/10)

M
Turkey, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Turkish
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag
What's it about?
Former actor Aydin (Haluk Bilginer) now runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his wife Nihal (Melisa Sözen), with whom he has a stormy relationship, and his sister Necla (Demet Akbag), who is taking time after a messy divorce. As the snows begins to fall, the hotel becomes a refuge but also an inescapable prison that fuels the animosities between the family members.  

Winter Sleep review: Home truths hit hard in Palme d'Or winner

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