• L-R: Ali's Wedding, Kiki's Delivery Service, Cold War, I Am Love (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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4 Feb 2021 - 4:31 PM  UPDATED 5 Feb 2021 - 2:05 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 8 - 14 February
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) available for I Am Love, Ali's Wedding, Results and Kiki's Delivery Service

 

MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY

Cold War
7:55pm

M
Poland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Polish
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Michael Blaiklock, Rammel Chan
What's it about?
In the ruins of post-WWII Poland, pianist Wiktor (Kot) falls in love with the beautiful Zula (Kulig), a fiery and charismatic singer with a past. When a performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West, a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain. From director Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida), and nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography).

Cold War
REVIEW
'Cold War': An Intimate Epic
Pawel Pawlikowski's follow-up to 2013's Oscar-winning Ida is a beautifully shot monochromatic chronicle of a torrid love affair between two jazz musicians in mid-twentieth century Poland.

Song Lang
9:30pm

M
Vietnam, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Leon Le
Starring: Isaac, Lien Binh Phat, Vu T. Le Thi, Phuong Minh
What's it about?
Set against a gloriously filmed backdrop of the distinctly jaded charm of mid-'90s Saigon, the lives of two men (Isaac, Lien Binh Phat) intertwine as they are both bound by traditions and honor. One to his mafia family, the other to the traveling troupe that performs elaborate classic operas. Yet they have much more in common than either wants to admit.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Lola and Her Brothers
7:30pm

M
France, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Jean-Paul Rouve
Starring: Ludivine Sagnier, José Garcia, Jean-Paul Rouve, Ramzy Bedia
What's it about?
Lola (Sagnier) has two brothers: Benoit (Rouve), who is getting married for the third time, and Pierre (Garcia), who shows up late for the wedding. Lola meets Zoher (Bedia) while she's still going through her divorce, while Pierre's already significant professional problems take a turn for the worse. Though everything in their lives seems to be pulling them apart, the three of them stick together - an inseparable trio.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

I Am Love
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
Italy, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian, Russian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Pippo Delbono, Alba Rohrwacher
What's it about?
Over two decades ago, Emma (Swinton) left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi (Delbono), the man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a wealthy Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three. Although not unhappy, Emma feels confusedly unfulfilled. As cracks in the family façade appear, she is reawakened to the forces of passion and unconditional love. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash).

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Why You Should Watch: I Am Love
Sex, love, food, and money: Tilda Swinton’s Milanese melodrama has got the lot. It’s free to watch for almost a year at SBS On Demand.

 

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY

Love is in the Air
7:30pm

M
France, 2005
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Rémi Bezançon
Starring: Vincent Elbaz, Marion Cotillard, Elsa Kikoine, Gilles Lellouche
What's it about?
A flight instructor (Elbaz) who suffers from a debilitating fear of flying, is forced to confront the sources of his trauma. With nostalgia and humour, he takes stock of the far-reaching impact of his phobia, including the strong of failed romances that it caused.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Ali's Wedding
9:30pm

M, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Starring: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah
What's it about?
Ali (Sami) is the son of a Muslim cleric who despite the best of intentions, just can’t seem to make the right life choices. Ali dreams big - he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he’s been promised to another girl at his father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he doesn’t get the marks. And above all, he wants to make his father proud - really proud. So what will Ali do to live up to the impossible expectations? He must fake it, because as the son of the cleric, he doesn’t have a choice.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
The crowdpleasing hit romantic comedy Ali's Wedding airs Fri 14 June, 8:35PM on SBS
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THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY

Results
7:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Starring: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker
What's it about?
Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Corrigan) is proof that money can't buy happiness. Danny's well-funded misery is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru and owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce in 2015's 'Results'
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It's Complicated
9:30pm

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Alexandra Wentworth, John Krasinski
What's it about?
Jane (Streep) is a mother of three whose amicable relationship with her remarried ex-husband Jake (Baldwin) unexpectedly becomes more than amicable, which in turn makes her something almost unimaginable - the other woman. Caught in the middle of their renewed romance is Adam (Martin), an architect hired to remodel Jane's kitchen. Healing from a divorce of his own, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realises he's become part of a love triangle.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

The Big Boss
7:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 1971
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu
Starring: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Nora Miao
What's it about?
Cheng (Lee), a young Chinese man sworn to an oath of non-violence, is sent to live in Thailand with his uncle and cousins. His promise to his mother not to fight is repeatedly tested when he goes to work in the local icehouse for an abusive overseer. When some of his cousins are killed, after discovering the icehouse is actually a front for a heroin-smuggling operation, Cheng sets out to exact revenge.

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Fist of Fury
9:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 1972
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Wei Lo
Starring: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien
What's it about?
Kung Fu pupil Chen Zhen (Lee) returns to Shanghai only to learn of his beloved teacher's death. When he discovers that his mentor was in fact murdered, Chen sets out to avenge his death.

 

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY

The Finishers
5:50pm

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 fulfill. 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.

REVIEW
The Finishers Review
Charming French melodrama takes regular course.

Way of the Dragon
7:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 1972
Genre: Crime, Action, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Director: Bruce Lee
Starring: Bruce Lee, Nora Mia, Chuck Norris, Robert Wall
What's it about?
Tang Lung (Lee) travels to Rome to help a family friend whose restaurant is being targeted by the local Mafia. After driving off the local thugs, the stakes are raised as Tang must confront a number of martial arts experts hired by the crime boss, including Karate champion Colt - and soon a final showdown looms. Memorable for its iconic final battle scene between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in Rome’s historic Colosseum.

Game of Death
9:25pm

M
Hong Kong, USA 1978
Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Crime
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Director: Robert Clouse
Starring: Bruce Lee, Dean Jagger, Chuck Norris, Robert Wall, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sammo Hung
What's it about?
Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a game of death, playing a martial arts movie star who must fake his own death in order to find the people who are trying to kill him. The film includes classic fights between both Lee and basketballer Kareem Abdul Jabar and nunchaku expert Dan Inosanto.

 

SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY

Kiki's Delivery Service
4:10pm

G, CC
Japan, 1989
Genre: Adventure, Animation/3D, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice cast: Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds
What's it about?
Kiki, a young witch, has turned 13, and according to ancient tradition must leave home to find her own place in the world. She flies her broom to a coastal town where she finds a room above a local bakery, run by Mrs Osono, and sets up a delivery service. Despite a few misadventures, Kiki is doing fine until one day she discovers that her powers have disappeared - she cannot fly her broomstick and she can no longer communicate with her cat Jiji. Ursula, a painter Kiki has met on one of her delivery runs, explains artist's block and how something similar may have affected Kiki. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Our Little Sister
6:10pm

G
Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Ōtake, Ryô Kase
What's it about?
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows).

REVIEW
Our Little Sister review: Shades of Ozu in classic family drama
An elegant domestic drama

Loving Pablo
8:30pm

MA15+
Spain, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard
What's it about?
The true story of the volatile love affair between Colombia’s most famous journalist, Virginia Vallejo (Cruz) and the world’s most feared drug lord, Pablo Escobar (Bardem). When Virginia first met Pablo, she was drawn to him by his charisma and contagious passion for his country and the people he loves. As their passionate affair intensified, so did the brutal violence and tyranny that surrounded Escobar’s empire.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Worlds Apart
10:45pm

M
Denmark, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Starring: Rosalinde Mynster, Pilou Asbæk, Sarah Boberg
What's it about?
Based on a true story, a young girl (Mynster) is torn between her conscience, religion and passion when she is forced to make a choice between her faith and her feelings for a man (Asbæk) who does not belong to her family's church, the Jehovah's Witnesses. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.)

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

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