• L-R: L.A. Story, The Kindergarten Garden, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Taxi Driver (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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23 Sep 2021 - 11:52 AM  UPDATED 23 Sep 2021 - 4:49 PM

FOR MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV, 27 SEPTEMBER - 3 OCTOBER
TV Movie Guide: 27 September - 3 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 (CC) available for L.A. Story, The Graduate, Taxi Driver, American Beauty, The Godfather and The Kindergarten Teacher
  • Audio Description (AD) available for L.A. Story, Le Week-End, The Graduate, Edie, Taxi Driver, American Beauty, The Godfather, Chalet Girl and The Kindergarten Teacher

 

MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

L.A. Story
7:40pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Steve Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant
What's it about?
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" (Martin, who also wrote the film's screenplay) tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-'90s Los Angeles.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Amelie
9:30pm

M
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Dominique Pinon, Yolande Moreau
What's it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it's secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

Le Week-End
7:50pm

M, AD
UK, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander
What's it about?
A long married British couple (Broadbent, Duncan) return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Whilst on holiday they run in to an old friend (Goldblum), who changes the way the couple think about their love for one another. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting HillVenus).

REVIEW
Le Week-End Review
Late-life love story gets it right.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
9:30pm

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.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review
Elusive but magnificent.

 

WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

Manifesto
7:30pm

M
Australia, Germany, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Italian
Director: Julian Rosefeldt
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer, Ruby Bustamante, Carl Dietrich Carls
What's it about?
A tribute to various (art) manifestos of the nineteenth and twentieth century, ranging from Communism to Dogme, in connection with thirteen different characters, including a homeless man, a factory worker and a corporate CEO, who are all played by Cate Blanchett. A striking humorous film version of Julian Rosefeldt's acclaimed multi-screen film installation.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
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The Graduate
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 1967
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, Buck Henry
What's it about?
During a party given by his parents to celebrate his graduation, Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), the wife of one of his father's closest friends. They have an affair, but Benjamin then falls in love with her daughter, Elaine (Ross). Jealous and angry, Mrs. Robinson does everything to keep the young couple apart. This landmark comedy won Best Director for Mike Nichols (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer) at the 1968 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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THURSDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

Edie
7:35pm

M, AD
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Simon Hunter
Starring: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan, Amy Manson, Wendy Morgan
What's it about?
83-year-old Edie (Hancock) believes that it is never too late - packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have as a young married women - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.

Taxi Driver
9:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Robert De Niro
Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks
What's it about?
Travis Bickle (De Niro) is an insomniac ex-marine who works the night shift as a taxi driver in 1970s New York. Chronically lonely and socially inept, he attempts to woo an attractive presidential campaign worker (Shepherd), but his misguided ideas about romance fall flat. Increasingly paranoid, Bickle fancies himself as the decaying city's saviour, culminating in a political assassination plot and the violent 'rescue' of a child prostitute (Foster). A landmark portrait of psychosis from director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER

Night Train to Lisbon
7:30pm

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bille August
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Raimund Gregorius (Irons) is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. From two-time Palme d'Or-winning director Bille August (The Best Intentions, Pelle the Conqueror).

American Beauty
9:35pm

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Mena Suvari, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper
What's it about?
Telesales operative and father Lester Burnham (Spacey) becomes disillusioned with his existence and begins to hunger for fresh excitement in his life. Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and directed by Sam Mendes (1917Road to Perdition).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER

Master Cheng
6:25pm

PG
China, Finland, 2019
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Finnish
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Starring: Pak Hon Chu, Anna-Maija Tuokko, Lucas Hsuan, Kari Väänänen, Vesa-Matti Loiri
What's it about?
Cheng (Pak Hon Chu), 45, a restaurant owner from China, has travelled with his young son halfway around the world to a remote village in Finland. His wife died recently in an accident, and Cheng wanted to have a break from everything by traveling with his son to see an old Finnish friend who lives on a farm in the countryside of Finland. It’s the most remote place Cheng can imagine with endless forests, thousands of lakes, a country with entire population of one-fifth of Cheng’s home town, Shanghai.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Godfather
8:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1972
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan
What's it about?
Don Vito Corleone (Brando) is a man trying to protect his children Michael (Pacino), Sonny (Caan), and Fredo (Cazale) from the horrors of the family 'business', while Michael attempts to care for his new wife Kay (Keaton). Winner of three Academy awards including Best Picture, and based on the novel by Mario Puzo. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Wild Tales
11:45pm

MA15+
Spain, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Damián Szifron
Starring: Rita Cortese, Ricardo Darín, Liliana Ackerman, Luis Manuel Altamirano García
What's it about?
Six separate stories tales, whose characters find themselves facing a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, and crossing the divide between civilisation and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they lose control. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 3 OCTOBER

Chalet Girl
6:35pm

PG, AD
UK, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: German, English
Director: Phil Traill
Starring: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Brooke Shields, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Egerton
What's it about?
While working a job at an exclusive ski resort to support her Dad, Kim (Jones) learns to snowboard and is so good at it that she enters a competition with a huge cash prize. She has to dig deep to overcome her fears, but her life gets more complicated through her spoken-for boss, Jonny (Westwick).

Chalet Girl

The Kindergarten Teacher
8:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sara Colangelo
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Gael Garcia Bernal, Michael Chernus
What's it about?
Lisa Spinelli (Gyllenhaal) is a Staten Island teacher who is unusually devoted to her students. When she discovers one of her five-year-olds is a prodigy, she becomes fascinated with the boy, ultimately risking her family and freedom to nurture his talent.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Border
10:20pm

MA15+
Denmark, Sweden, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Ali Abbasi
Starring: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Sten Ljunggren, Ann Petrén
What's it about?
When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. Based on a short story from Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, this won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

REVIEW
'Border': Genre-Bending Swedish Film Destined For Cult Status
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