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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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21 Apr 2021 - 2:16 PM  UPDATED 21 Apr 2021 - 4:57 PM

TV Movie Guide: 26 April - 2 May
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.

  • Audio Description available for Grandma and Chef
  • Closed Captions available for Chef and The Man Who Knew Infinity



The Elephant and the Butterfly

Belgium, 2017
Genre: Drama, Family
Language: French
Director: Amélie van Elmbt
Starring: Lina Doillon, Thomas Blanchard, Judith Chemla, Alice de Lencquesaing, Isabelle Barth
What's it about?
Dour ex-boyfriend Antoine (Blanchard) returns to his Belgian hometown where he reunites with his ex-lover and the mother (Chemla) of their five-year-old girl, Elsa (Doillon), whom he has never met. Through an unexpected turn of events, Antoine suddenly finds himself left alone to take care of the young, inquisitive and spirited youngster.

The Spy

Norway, 2019
Genre: Thriller, Drama, History
Language: German, English, Polish, Swedish
Director: Jens Jonsson
Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Lassgård, Damien Chapelle, Alexander Scheer, Erik Hivju
What's it about?
Sonja Wigert (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) is a diva and star in Stockholm when WWII breaks out, rapidly getting attention from the Nazi officer Josef Terboven (Alexander Scheer). She's then recruited by Swedish intelligence as a spy, but Terboven makes her spy on the Swedes.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



The Young Master

Hong Kong, 1980
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Pai Wei, Yuen Biao, Sek Kin, Lily Li Li-Li, Hwang In-Shik
What's it about?
Dragon (Jackie Chan), the younger of two orphans who are brought up by a strict master, tries to save the elder orphan, Tiger (Pai Wei), from being arrested by the county sheriff. As he attempts to capture the chief thief he keeps bumping into the sheriff and his two children. He manages to clean his own name and save Tiger's life by capturing the prisoner whom Tiger has innocently set free.

The Captain

Germany, 2017
Genre: War, Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Marko Dyrlich, David Scheller
What's it about?
Based on a true story. Soldier Willi Herold (Hubacher), a deserter of the German army, stumbles into a uniform of Nazi captain abandoned during the last and desperate weeks of the Third Reich in 1945. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he has stolen only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whoever he is.

'The Captain' Presents Chilling, Lesser-Known Chapter Of WWII History
German director Robert Schwentke examines our troubling relationship with authority in the true story of an imposter who posed as a Nazi officer.



Just a Breath Away

France, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: French
Director: Daniel Roby
Starring: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin
What's it about?
When Paris is submerged in a strange mortal fog, survivors take refuge on the city’s upper floors and rooftops. Without news, electricity, water or food, one small family struggles to survive the catastrophe. But as the hours pass, they are forced to face reality - rescue teams aren’t coming. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to risk going out into the fog.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:


UK, 2018
Genre: War, Drama
Language: English, Polish, German
Director: David Blair
Starring: Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson, Stefanie Martini, Marcin Dorocinski, Krystof Hádek
What's it about?
The story of the Polish fliers who found themselves fighting for the freedom of their own country in foreign skies. Seen through the eyes of a Polish fighter ace and adventurer, it tells how the Poles—driven across Europe by the German war machine—finally make their last stand. Flying Hurricanes for the RAF over Britain, they became a key component in the legend of ‘The Few’. Up against the might of the Luftwaffe they hoped that, by saving Great Britain from Nazi invasion, they were keeping the dream of a free Poland alive.




USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Pena
What's it about?
Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid (Tomlin) has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage (Garner), shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
Grandma review
Tough love comedy takes no prisoners.

A War

Denmark, 2015
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Arabic, Danish, Spanish, English
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck, Dar Salim
What's it about?
Company commander Claus Michael Pedersen (Asbæk) and his men are stationed in Helmand, Afghanistan. Meanwhile back in Denmark, with a husband at war and three children missing their father, everyday life is a struggle for Claus' wife Maria. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy Taliban crossfire. In order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that ultimately sees him return to Denmark accused of a war crime. Directed by Tobias Lindholm (A HijackingThe Investigation).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
SBS On Demand: Pilou Asbaek double bill
Explore the work of 'Borgen' alumni and 'Game of Thrones' latest addition Pilou Asbaek, with these two gripping Danish movies directed by long-time collaborator Tobias Lindholm. Available anytime at SBS On Demand.




USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
What's it about?
Carl Casper (Favreau) is a disillusioned chef fed up with his restaurant’s management, poor reviews and lack of creativity. After an online battle with a well-known critic leads to further frustration, Carl decides to leave and go solo as a food truck operator in a bid to rediscover his flair for cooking.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Apocalypse Now Redux

USA, 1979
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, French, Cambodian, Vietnamese
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard (Sheen) is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz (Brando), who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation), and loosely based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Apocalypse Now Redux Review: A great film, made greater
Even greater in an entirely new version.



The Man Who Knew Infinity

UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Brown
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
When self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel) fails out of college, he does not give up hope. Determined to pursue his passion, he contacts Professor GH Hardy (Irons) and is invited to attend Trinity College.  

Never Look Away

Germany, Italy, 2018
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Language: German
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl, Oliver Masucci
What's it about?
Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, this Oscar-nominated film from The Lives of Others director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tells the story of a young art student, Kurt (Schilling) who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie (Beer). Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:


Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back

China, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Kris Wu, Lin Gengxin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun, Yang Yiwei, Mengke Bateer
What's it about?
Tang Monk (Wu) brings three disciples on a journey to the West. On the outside, everything seems harmonious. However, tension is present beneath the surface, and their hearts and minds are not in agreement. After a series of demon-capturing events, the monk and his disciples gain mutual understanding of each others' hardships and unease. Finally, they resolve their inner conflict and work together to become an all-conquering, demon-exorcising team.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

As Tears Go By

Hong Kong, 1988
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Language: Cantonese
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Starring: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man, Ronald Wong Ban
What's it about?
A low-level triad ‘big brother’, Wah (Lau), has a hot-tempered ‘little brother’, Fly (Cheung), who can't keep out of trouble, and consequently is in constant need of being bailed out by his protector. Wah then his cousin Ngor (Cheung) from Kowloon and falls in love with her, and thinks about leaving the triad life behind. This debut feature from Wong Kar Wai (In The Mood For LoveChungking Express) is an edgy, romantic thriller that features the dreamy style that fast become his trademark. 

Days of Being Wild

Hong Kong, 1990
Genre: Drama, Romance, Crime
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Rebecca Pan, Jacky Leung
What's it about?
Yuddy (Cheung), a devastatingly handsome lothario, seduces and forsakes women without compunction. Abandoned at birth, Luddy's self-destructive search for love is really a quixotic quest for a feeling of permanence and a sense of identity. When Yuddy beguiles lovely shop girl Su Lizen (Cheung), he unknowingly sets in motion a sequence of broken hearts and unremembered promises that climaxes in naked obsession, inadvertent self-discovery and shocking violence.

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