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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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18 Dec 2020 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 18 Dec 2020 - 12:42 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 21 - 27 December
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 (CC) are available for Churchill, Eye in the Sky, Billy Elliot, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Blues Brothers, Lost in Translation and Lust, Caution

 

MONDAY 21 DECEMBER

Far from Men
7:35pm

M
France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Spanish, Arabic
Director: David Oelhoffen
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Djemel Barek, Vincent Martin
What's it about?
Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas Mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder, as they are pursued by vengeful settlers. Based on a short story from Albert Camus, and featuring a music score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

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Beats
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2019
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Brian Welsh
Starring: Laura Fraser, Lorn Macdonald, Cristian Ortega, Gemma McElhinney
What's it about?
1994, a small town in central Scotland. Best mates Johnno and Spanner, despite being total opposites, have a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. But this summer is going to be different for them, and for the country.

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TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER

Churchill
7:30pm

PG, CC
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.

Walking on Sunshine
9:30pm

PG
UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Italian, English
Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Starring: Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti, Greg Wise, Katy Brand
What's it about?
Set to a soundtrack of popular hit songs from the 1980s, this film take place in a beautiful coastal village, present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie (Scholey) is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf (Berruti), and has invited her sister Taylor (Arterton) to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor's ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 23 DECEMBER

Eye in the Sky
7:35pm

M, CC
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Iain Glen
What's it about?
London based military intelligence officer Colonel Michelle Madden (Mirren) is set to remotely command a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The carefully planned mission suddenly escalates from a 'capture' to a 'kill' operation when Madden realises that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission, which would result in the catastrophic deaths of many innocent civilians. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Yuli
9:30pm

MA15+
Germany, Cuba, Spain, France, UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Iciar Bollain
Starring: Santiago Alfonso, Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Edison Manuel Olbera, Laura De la Uz
What's it about?
A chronicle of the life and career of the first black guest dancer in London for the Royal Ballet - Carlos Acosta, nicknamed Yuli. As a child Yuli avoids discipline and education, learning from the streets of an impoverished and abandoned Havana. His father, however, has other ideas, and knowing that his son has a natural talent for dance, sends him to the National Ballet School of Cuba. 

 

THURSDAY 24 DECEMBER

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
7:30pm

M
Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China, 2000
Genre: Martial Arts, Drama, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Chen Chang
What's it about?
When a politician's daughter steals a legendary warrior's precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to a deadly encounter with the thief's witch-like minder. From renowned director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), the film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

Streaming until 25th December at SBS On Demand:
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Elusive but magnificent.

Billy Elliot
9:45pm

M, CC
UK, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Daldy
Starring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jamie Draven, Jean Heywood
What's it about?
The inspirational story of a boy from a coal mining town (Bell) whose life is changed when he discovers ballet. Billy Elliot (Bell) dazzles in energetic dance sequences set against the chaos of the 1984 coal miner's strike in Northern England. Julie Walters earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a truly original ballet instructor.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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A charming English film... with a twirl.

 

FRIDAY 25 DECEMBER

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
7:35pm

PG, CC
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. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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The Blues Brothers
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, 1980
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Action
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Aretha Franklin
What's it about?
Jake Blues (Belushi) is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood (Aykroyd) on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their old band together and they're on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SATURDAY 26 DECEMBER

The Ideal Palace
6:30pm

PG
France, 2019
Genre: History, Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Jacques Gamblin, Laetitia Casta, Bernard Le Coq, Florence Thomassin
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Joseph Ferdinand Cheval (Gamblin). After his wife, Philomena (Casta) gives birth to their daughter Alice, Cheval decides to build Alice a palace fit for a princess. With only his bare hands, his love for his daughter and the dedication of his wife, he starts carefully collecting stones and begins building the historically classified monument.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Lost in Translation
8:30pm

PG, CC
USA, 2003
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
What's it about?
Bob Harris (Murray) and Charlotte (Johansson) are two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Ribisi). Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar, and this chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. Nominated for four 2004 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (Sofia Coppola).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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A fabulous film.

Suspiria
10:25pm

MA15+
Germany, Italy, USA, 2018
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English, French, German
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
A darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson) and a grieving psychotherapist (also Swinton). Some will succumb to the nightmare, others will finally wake up... A bold reimagining of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic, directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your NameI Am Love).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 

 

SUNDAY 27 DECEMBER

Tom Thumb
6:50pm

PG
France, 2001
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Romane Bohringer, Nils Hugon
What's it about?
In seventeenth century France, civil war rages, devastating the land. Out of despair, a couple decide to abandon their five children in the depths of a dark forest. Poucet (Hugon) and his brothers try to find their way out making fantastic encounters.

Lust, Caution
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, China, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Language: Mandarin, Japanese, English, Shanghainese, Hindi, Cantonese
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Tang Wei, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang, Tou Chung-Hua
What's it about?
An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi (Tang Wei), gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr Yee (Tony Leung). Directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain), and winner of the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Exquisite attention to detail in this beautifully crafted spy thriller.

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