• From left: An Officer & A Gentleman, Get Low, Puzzle, The Grand Budapest Hotel (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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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9 Oct 2020 - 9:56 AM  UPDATED 9 Oct 2020 - 10:11 AM
THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide Highlights: 12 - 18 October
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.
 
Closed Captions available for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Tracks, Arctic, Hugo and Mr. Holmes
 

MONDAY 12 OCTOBER

The Physician
7:30pm

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Phlipp Stölzl
Starring: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Ben Kingsley, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby
What's it about?
In the 11th century London, a young man (Payne) dreams of becoming a surgeon. He decides to travel to Persia to learn medicine from prestigious physician Avicenna (Kingsley) and passes himself as a Jew so he can be accepted at the school. 

A Matter of Life and Death
10:20pm

PG
UK, 1946
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough
What's it about?
When a young airman (Niven) miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him. From legendary directing team Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes).

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TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER

Get Low
7:30pm

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Aaron Schneider
Starring: Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black
What's it about?
For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Duvall). Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It's not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a 'living funeral', in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Promise at Dawn
9:30pm

M
Belgium, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Eric Barbier
Starring: Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
What's it about?
From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragicomedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary (Niney), one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times.

 

WEDNESDAY 14 OCTOBER

Puzzle
7:35pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marc Turtletaub
Starring: Kelly MacDonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams
What's it about?
Agnes (MacDonald) is a woman who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Kóblic
9:30pm

MA15+
Argentina, Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Sebastián Borensztein
Starring: Ricardo Darin, Inma Cuesta, Oscar Martínez
What's it about?
1977, during the days of the Argentinian Dictatorship. Kóblic (Darin), a former pilot and captain of the Argentinian Navy, disobeys an order and becomes a fugitive in order to survive. He chooses to hide in a small town in the south of the country, where his presence will catch the attention of the unscrupulous and violent local marshal.

 

THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER

The Grand Budapest Hotel
7:35pm

M, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Tony Revolori, Owen Wilson, Jude Law
What's it about?
Adventures are in store for legendary concierge Gustave H (Fiennes), who works at a famous European hotel between the wars. His problems begin when one of the hotel's guests that he has had a romantic encounter with suddenly dies. The deceased woman (Swinton) leaves Gustave a valuable painting, much to the horror of her son (Brody). Written and directed by Wes Anderson (RushmoreThe Royal TenenbaumsMoonrise Kingdom) and nominated for 9 Academy Awards (including Best Picture).

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Sky Hunter
9:30pm

M
China, 2017
Genre: War, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Li Chen
Starring: Li Chen, Fan Bingbing, Tomer Oz, Leon Lee, Guo Mingyu, Jiahang Li
What's it about?
China’s first aerial warfare film tells the story of Wu Di, Zhao Yali, Batu and Gao Yuan, who are the well-trained air force elite of the Chinese military. During one overseas operation, a terrorist conspiracy is revealed which threatens hundreds of lives in the area. In order to resolve the hostage crisis and foil the terrorist plot, they are called into action to devote themselves in the unprecedented sky battlefield.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER

Tracks
7:30pm

M, CC
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Emma Booth, Adam Driver
What's it about?
In 1977, a young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) set out from Alice Springs to trek across 2,700 kilometres of harsh desert of Western Australia to reach the ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson had no other purpose than to reach the ocean and find herself on a journey of self-discovery.

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Arctic
9:35pm

M, CC
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Joe Penna
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
What's it about?
A man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long-awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SATURDAY 17 OCTOBER

Hugo
6:10pm

PG, CC
UK, 2011
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Jude Law
What's it about?
Hugo Cabret (Butterfield) is an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station in the early 1900s. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl (Moretz), and the cold reserved man (Kingsley) who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a fantastic adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. Nominated for eleven 2012 Academy Awards including Best Picture (and winner of five).

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Love and Other Drugs
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hank Azaria, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dorothy Silver, Oliver Platt
What's it about?
Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, tie her down. But she meets her match in Jaime Randall (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Based on Jamie Reidy's memoir.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

An Officer and a Gentleman
10:35pm

M
USA, 1982
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr., David Keith, Robert Loggia
What's it about?
Zack Mayo (Gere) is an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he arrives at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill Sergeant Emil Foley (Gossett Jr., who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). Mayo is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart, so Foley rides him mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with a working girl (Winger) is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER

Mr. Holmes
6:35pm

M, CC
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellan) deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

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Gomorrah
9:30pm

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Italian
Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Gianfelice Imparato, Tony Servillo, Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino
What's it about?
Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, this is an inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, told through the stories of five individuals who think they can make their own compact with the Camorra. Winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2008, and five European Film Awards, including Best Film. 

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