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Don't miss your chance to watch these standout feature films leaving SBS On Demand throughout May.
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30 Apr 2021 - 5:02 PM  UPDATED 30 Apr 2021 - 5:07 PM

For a complete list of feature films, documentaries, TV episodes and more leaving SBS On Demand throughout May, click here.

 

Silence

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Japanese, English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's long-awaited adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about 17th century Jesuits (Garfield, Driver) who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. Nominated for Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto) at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Streaming until May 1st, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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The Long Good Friday

MA15+
UK, 1979
Genre: Crime, Action, Mobster
Language: English
Director: John Mackenzie
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Freeman
What's it about?
Mobster Harold Shand (Hoskins) is the all powerful boss of the London underworld, who beneath a gentrified veneer is all snarl and menace. On one fateful Good Friday, the day Harold is to close a crucial deal with an American organised crime group, Shand finds his empire suddenly under attack. Somebody has killed two of his henchman, tried to murder his mother and blown his favourite pub to smithereens. And somebody's going to pay.

Streaming until May 1st, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Long Good Friday Review
A crime classic.

 

Lion

M
Australia, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
What's it about?
A five-year-old Indian boy (played by Sunny Pawar, and as an adult by Dev Patel) gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple (Wenham & Kidman) in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Nominated for six 2017 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and one of the most commercially successful Australian-made films of all time.

Streaming until May 2nd, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Julieta

M
Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Emma Suárez, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Priscilla Delgado
What's it about?
Julieta (Suárez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo (Grandinetti). Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea (Jenner), former best friend of her estranged daughter Antia, who reveals that Antia is living in Switzerland, married, and with three children. Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and moves to the apartment where she used to live with Antia, in the hope that her daughter will send her a letter. Based on short stories by Alice Munro.

Streaming until May 5th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Sink or Swim

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Gilles Lellouche
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Marina Fois, Benoit Poelvoorde
What's it about?
40-year-old Bertrand (Amalric) has been suffering from depression for the last two years and is barely able to keep his head above water. Despite the medication he gulps down all day, every day, and his wife's encouragement, he is unable to find any meaning in his life. Curiously, he will end up finding this sense of purpose at the swimming pool, by joining an all-male synchronised swimming team.

Streaming until May 7th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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A Private Function

M
UK, 1984
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Starring: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Richard Griffiths, Denholm Elliott, Pete Postlethwaite
What's it about?
In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby (Elliott), accountant Henry Allardyce (Alison Steadman) and solicitor Frank Lockwood (John Normington) are fattening a black-market pig for the big day. Egged on by his wife Joyce (Smith), meek Gilbert Chilvers (Palin) steals the swine, but the couple must conceal it from inspector Morris Wormold (Bill Paterson).

Streaming until May 8th, 2021 at SBS On Demand: 

 

Withnail & I

MA15+
UK, 1987
Genre: Comedy, Cult
Language: English
Director: Bruce Robinson
Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown, Richard Griffiths
What's it about?
This cult comedy classic follows a couple of destitute young actors living in drunken squalor in 1969, in the twilight days of swinging London. The elegantly wasted Withnail (Grant) is a depraved dandy without money or ambition, while his anxious sidekick is the younger and more impressionable Marwood (McGann). The demented duo drown their minds in booze and pills until finally escaping to the country, staying in the home of wealthy, lecherous Uncle Monty (Griffiths), who later takes a liking to young Marwood.

Streaming until May 8th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

Dark Age

MA15+
Australia, 1987
Genre: Horror, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Arch Nicholson
Starring: Burnham Burnham, David Gulpilil, John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps
What's it about?
A pair of rangers (Burnham & Gulpilil) help Steve (Jarratt) search for a giant killer crocodile. Their mission? To try and safely relocate the sacred croc to a wildlife sanctuary before a bunch of bloodthirsty redneck poachers find it first. An gem of the 'Ozploitation' genre, and a personal favourite of Quentin Tarantino.

Streaming until May 10th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Piano

M
New Zealand, 1993
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill
What's it about?
After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada (Hunter) and her young daughter, Flora (Paquin), are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair (Neill). Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his acquaintance, George (Keitel), leading to life-altering conflicts. Written and directed by Jane Campion, who won an Oscar for the film's original screenplay and became the second woman ever nominated for Best Director.

Streaming until May 10th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Big Fish

PG
USA, 2003 
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
When Edward Bloom (played by Finney in the present day and McGregor as a younger man in flashbacks) becomes ill, his son, William (Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling. 

Streaming until May 10th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Delicatessen

M
France, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: French
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech
What's it about?
Set in a post-apocalyptic future, a landlord who happens to be a butcher starts slaughtering humans to feed his starving tenants, a practice which outrages a vegetarian guerrilla group living in the sewers beneath the city streets. Winner of four César Awards in 1992, including Best First Work for Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who together directed The City of Lost Children, while Jeunet went on to direct Amelie.)

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Streaming until May 11th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Beat That My Heart Skipped

M
France, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Romain Duris, Emmanuelle Devos, Niels Arestrup, Linh Dan Pham
What's it about?
Tom (Duris) works as a real estate debt collector for his father Robert (Arestrup). This violent line of work leads Thomas to wish he could be more like his late mother, who was a concert pianist. When offered a piano audition, he starts to practise again. Will Thomas get stuck in a cycle of crime and cruelty just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a musician. A remake of the cult 1978 film Fingers (starring Harvey Keitel in Duris' role). 

Streaming until May 12th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Miles Ahead

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Cheadle
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lakeith Stanfield
What's it about?
Inspired by events of his life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle also makes his directorial debut with this unconventional biographical drama.

Streaming until May 13th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Guilty

M
Denmark, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: Danish
Director: Gustav Moller
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen
What's it about?
Police officer Asger Holm (Cedergren), demoted to desk work as an alarm dispatcher, answers a call from a panicked woman who claims to have been kidnapped. Confined to the police station and with the phone as his only tool, Asger races against time to get help and find her.

Streaming until May 13th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Berlin Syndrome

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Language: English, German
Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading
What's it about?
Alone and adrift in Berlin, Australian photographer Clare meets charismatic local Andi, and there is an instant attraction between them. But what begins as a passionate romance takes a sinister turn when Clare wakes up one morning to discover Andi has locked her in his apartment, and he has no intention of letting her leave, ever. From Cate Shortland, director of SomersaultLore and Marvel's upcoming Black Widow.

Streaming until May 15th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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In the Loop

MA15+
UK, 2009
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Gina Mckee, Anna Chlumsky
What's it about?
In the lead up to sanctioning American and British military action in the Middle East, a gaffe by a minor British government minister (Hollander) gives hope to anti-war supporters. The politician and a staffer are sent to Washington to appease Britain’s ally, but they soon become pawns in the backroom dealings that are seemingly at odds with the reality of what is about to occur. This film spin-off of the BBC series "The Thick Of It" (also starring Capaldi as the iconic Malcolm Tucker) was a 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay.

Streaming until May 16th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Loving

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).

Streaming until May 17th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Babel

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Adriana Barraza
What's it about?
A rifle shot in the Moroccan desert sets in a motion a series of events that will have tragic consequences for the two young Moroccan gunmen, as well as a married American couple who are grieving on holiday, a Mexican nanny struggling to make ends meet and a rebellious, deaf Japanese girl. Nominated for seven 2007 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and winner of one for Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).

Streaming until May 18th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Seven Psychopaths

MA15+
UK, USA, 2012
Language: English
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell
What's it about?
Boozy writer Marty (Farrell) is a man in search of a screenplay. He has a catchy title but no story to go along with it. Marty has a couple of oddball buddies, Hans (Walken) and Billy (Rockwell), who make a living by kidnapping rich people's dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward, and Marty uses the ensuing events of a kidnapping-gone-awry as fodder for his screenplay. A typically dark and acerbic comedy from Martin McDonagh, writer-director of In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Streaming until May 18th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Heartbeats

M
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider, Anne Dorval
What's it about?
Francis (Dolan) and Marie (Chokri) have it all - youth, good looks, and a best friendship that is indestructible. That is, until the night they both meet a beautiful young man named Nicolas (Schneider) at a dinner party, and instantly fall for him. A casual crush turns into an emotional obsession for them both, and as they pursue him with dinners, parties, and trips to the countryside, their friendship falls apart. From maverick writer and director Xavier Dolan (Laurence AnywaysMommy). 

Streaming until May 20th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Heartbeats Review
Three-way heats up impressive second effort.

 

Woman at War

M
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Action
Language: Icelandic, English
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Jörundur Ragnarsson
What's it about?
Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life. From Of Horses and Men writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Streaming until May 21st, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
'Woman at War': Environmental Injustice Drives One Woman To Revenge
Writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson's delightful follow-up to Of Horses and Men concerns a modest environmental activist determined to bring down heavy industry one electric pylon at a time.

 

Capharnaüm

M
Lebanon, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Nadine Labaki
Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Nadine Labaki
What's it about?
Zain (Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until May 22nd, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Sweet Country

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

Streaming until May 23rd, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Bedevil

M
Australia, 1993

Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tracey Moffatt
Starring: Lex Marinos, Tracey Moffatt, Riccardo Natoli 
What's it about?
BeDevil is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions - real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks in a stylish vision from writer/director and celebrated visual artist Tracey Moffatt.

Streaming until May 23rd, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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A strange, unsettling trilogy of supernatural tales by acclaimed Australian photographer/artist Tracey Moffatt.
 
 

Captain Fantastic

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English, Esperanto
Director: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso
What's it about?
Raised in the forest and living off the grid, six children venture out into the world for the first time after their recently widowed father (Mortensen, in an Oscar-nominated performance) takes them on a road trip. Also starring 1917's George MacKay. 

Streaming until May 25th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
Viggo Mortensen in 'Captain Fantastic'
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Il Divo

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti
What's it about?
A chronicle of the character and career of the seven-time Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti (Servillo), renowned for leading one after another of Italy’s rapid succession of administrations and surviving a major bribery and corruption investigation, while opponents and former allies mysteriously dropped dead around him. From Paolo Sorrentino, director The Great Beauty and The Young Pope.

Streaming until May 25th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Counterfeiters

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Devid Striesow
What's it about?
Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch (Markovics) is an expert Jewish counterfeiter enjoying the good life until he’s sent to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. Sally manages to survive for five years before transfer to Sachsenhausen, where he is assigned to produce perfect forgeries of British and US banknotes for the Third Reich. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2008.

Streaming until May 25th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Counterfeiters Review
Elegantly shot and constructed, with a fine central performance by Karl Markovics, The Counterfeiters entertains while also asking big, divisive moral questions, and is a well deserved Oscar winner.
 

Tracks

M
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.

Streaming until May 25th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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An extraordinary odyssey.

 

A War

M
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 until May 29th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
 

Jackass: The Movie

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Ryan Dunn
What's it about?
Johnny Knoxville and his friends appear on the big screen for the very first time in Jackass: The Movie. They wander around Japan in panda outfits, wreak havoc on a once civilised golf course, they even do stunts involving live alligators, and so on. While Johnny Knoxvile and his pals put their life at risk, they are entertaining people at the same time. 

Streaming until May 29th, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Who You Think I Am

M
Belgium, France, 2019
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Safy Nebbou
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, François Civil, Marie-Ange Casta, Charles Berling
What's it about?
Claire (Binoche) is a university lecturer and mother of two teenage boys, who is contending with the approach of middle age and remains stung by the betrayal of her ex-husband (Berling), who is building a new life with another partner. Claire has a new lover too, the handsome Ludo, but is under no illusions as to his fidelity. Out of a mix of petulance and curiosity, she impulsively creates a fake Facebook profile in which to keep an eye on him.

Streaming until May 31st, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Rams

M
Iceland, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Icelandic
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
What's it about?
In a secluded valley in Iceland, two brothers, Gummi (Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Júlíusson), live side by side, tending to their sheep. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, Gummi and Kiddi have to come together in order to save them. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the basis for the recent Australian remake starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton.

Streaming until May 31st, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
Cannes-winning Icelandic film 'Rams'
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Burning

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Korean
Director: Lee Chang-Dong
Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jun Jong-seo, Kim Soo-kyung, Choi Seung-ho
What's it about?
Deliveryman Jongsu (Yoo) is out on a job when he runs into Haemi (Jun), a girl who once lived in his neighbourhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return, she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic young man named Ben (Yeun), who she met during her trip. One day Ben tells Jongsu about his most unusual hobby... Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, and directed by Lee Chang-Dong (Oasis, Secret Sunshine).

Streaming until May 31st, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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'Burning': Fanning The Flames Of Rage
A short story by revered Japanese author Haruki Murakami becomes a tantalising, slow-burning mystery-thriller from South Korean director Lee Chang-Dong, featuring a mesmerically creepy turn from Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).

 

Custody

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Xavier Legrand
Starring: Denis Ménochet, Lea Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux, Mathieu Saikaly
What's it about?
In the midst of a divorce, Miriam Besson decides to ask for exclusive custody of her son, in order to protect him from a father that she is accusing of violence. The judge-in-charge of the file grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers abused. Taken as a hostage between his parents, Julien Besson will do everything to prevent the worst from happening.

Streaming until May 31st, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Great Beauty

MA15+
Italy, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso
What's it about?
Journalist Jep Gambardella (Servillo) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. But when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory - a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Things to Come

M
France, Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French, English, German
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard
What's it about?
Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.

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Cold War

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).

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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.

 

Shoplifters

M
Japan, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki, Kirin Kiki
What's it about?
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Franky) and his son (Kairi) come across a little girl (Sasaki) in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife (Ando) agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. From Hirokazu Kore-eda, writer-director of After Life, Nobody Knows and Our Little Sister.

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The cast of 'Shoplifters', written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
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God Willing

PG
Italy, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Edoardo Falcone
Starring: Marco Giallini, Enrico Oetiker, Alessandro Gassman, Laura Morante, Ilaria Spada
What's it about?
Tommaso (Giallini) is a successful, respected cardiac surgeon who also happens to be an atheist. However, Tommaso's son Andrea (Oetiker) who is a medical student announces in a family get-together that he wants to become a priest. Tommaso is petrified with he hears the news as he expected his son was going to come out as homosexual. Irritated, Tommaso goes undercover on retreat in a monastery, to investigate and bring down the charismatic Father Don Pietro (Gassman), who he believes has 'brain-washed' his son.

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The Guardians

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Starring: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours, Olivier Rabourdin
What's it about?
In this ensemble drama set in rural France, the women of the Paridier farm are left to run it by themselves while their men are off fighting in World War I. But things become complicated with the arrival of American troops.

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Rojo

M
Argentina, 2018
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Benjamín Naishtat
Starring: Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Laura Grandinetti
What's it about?
A small town in an Argentinian province, 1975. The life of Claudio, a successful lawyer, gets complicated when he has a stupid quarrel with a stranger in a crowded restaurant.

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Tess

PG
France, UK, 1979
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin, Sylvia Coleridge
What's it about?
A strong-willed peasant girl (Kinski) is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalise on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge. Based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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Vai

PG
New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Fiji, Maori, Samoan, Tonga
Director: Nicole Whippy, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney
Starring: Mereani Tuimatanisiga, Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Fiona Collins, Maliaga Erick, Hinetu Dell
What's it about?
A portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries - Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different Indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries.

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Vai
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Two Is a Family

M
France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, French
Director: Hugo Gélin
Starring: Omar Sy, Clemence Poesy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston, Ashley Walters
What's it about?
Samuel (Sy) enjoys an A-list, hedonistic lifestyle on the sun-drenched beaches of the Cote d’Azur. Life is good, until the day former lover Kristin (Poesy) arrives out of nowhere and deposits the fruits of their tryst - an infant daughter, Gloria - in his care.

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Far from Men

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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The King's Choice

M
Norway, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Language: Danish, Swedish, German
Director: Erik Poppe
Starring: Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny
What's it about?
On 9 April 1940, German soldiers arrive in the city of Oslo. The King of Norway faces a choice that will change his country forever. This film tells the a story of the three most dramatic days in Norway's history, the royal family's escape and King Haakon's difficult choice after Nazi Germany's invasion of Norway.

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Ong-Bak

MA15+
Thailand, 2005
Genre: Crime, Martial Arts
Language: Thai
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Starring: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol 
What's it about?
In a poor Thai village, the sacred statue of Ong Bak watches over its inhabitants, who feel safe and secure in its presence. When a former villager steals the statue's head to sell it to the the underworld, the villagers are fearful of the consequences, and pin their hopes on Ting, a gifted but reluctant Muay Thai boxer. Ting is charged with travelling to the seedy streets of Bangkok, to and fight and reclaim Ong Bak for his village.

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Perfect Strangers

M
Italy, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Genovese
Starring: Valerio Mastandrea, Kasia Smutniak, Marco Giallini, Alba Rohrwacher
What's it about?
During a dinner party, seven long-time friends decide to share the contents of every text, email and phone call they receive. As secrets are brought to the surface, friendships are tested, in this film that has spawned eighteen remakes in four years - holding the Guinness world record for being remade more than any other feature film.

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Les Cowboys

M
France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French, Urdu
Director: Thomas Bidegain
Starring: François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Iliana Zabeth, John C. Reilly
What's it about?
When his daughter runs away from their prairie town east of France with her Muslim boyfriend, Alain (Damiens) and his young son, Kid (Oldfield), head out to find her. This directorial debut from Thomas Bidegain (co-writer of A Prophet and Rust & Bone) is a loose reworking of John Ford's The Searchers.

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Thunder Road

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jim Cummings
Starring: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Macon Blair
What's it about?
A police officer (Cummings, who also wrote and directed) faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother. Winner of Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival award for Best Narrative Feature, this microbudgeted film began life as a short film in 2016 and was largely funded by kickstarter, and played in Australian theatres in 2019.

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Jim Cummings, the writer, director and star of Thunder Road

 

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

M
Italy, 2013
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Pif
Starring: Pif, Cristiana Capotondi, Rosario Lisma, Barbara Tabita, Alex Bisconti
What's it about?
While Arturo tries to gain the love of Flora, he witnesses the history of Sicily from 1969 to 1992, miraculously dodging the crimes of the Mafia and supporting as a journalist the heroic struggle of the judges and policemen who fought this infamous organisation.

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Black Souls

MA15+
France, Italy, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Francesco Munzi
Starring: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane, Barbora Bobulova
What's it about?
A former narcotics smuggler, now living peaceably in the Calabrian hills, is drawn back into his family’s drug-trade dynasty by his impetuous teenage son.

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REVIEW
Black Souls

A former narcotics smuggler, now living peaceably in the Calabrian hills, is drawn back into his family’s drug-trade dynasty by his impetuous teenage son.

 

Young Adam

MA15+
UK, 2003
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Peter Mullan, Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Emily Mortimer
What's it about?
A young drifter named Joe (McGregor) finds work on a barge owned by the down-to-earth Les (Mullan) and his enigmatic wife Ella (Swinton). One afternoon Joe and Les happen upon the corpse of a young woman floating in the water and the questions begin. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate the case and a suspect is arrested, it becomes evident that Joe knows more about the drowned woman than he will admit. Directed by David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water, Starred Up).

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REVIEW
Young Adam Review
A moody little drama that satisfies.

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