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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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14 Oct 2021 - 4:59 PM  UPDATED 14 Oct 2021 - 5:31 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 18 - 24 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 The Wife, Still Alice, I Am Not A Witch, Lion and Once Upon a Time in America
  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Wife, Experimenter, Still Alice, The Fountain and Once Upon a Time in America

 

MONDAY 18 OCTOBER

The Wife
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
Sweden, UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Bjorn Runge
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd
What's it about?
As her husband Joe (Pryce) is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in honour of his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan (Close, who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress) ruminates over shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

Suspiria
9:30pm

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:

 

TUESDAY 19 OCTOBER

Experimenter
7:45pm

M, AD
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo
What's it about?
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to a stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Ryder) stands by him through it all.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram in 2015's 'Experimenter'
REVIEW
'Experimenter': Fascinating Biopic of Controversial Social Psychologist Stanley Milgram
A non-traditional biopic that examines the essence of human nature.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror
Language: Farsi
Director: Ana Amir Lilypour
Starring: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò
What's it about?
Sheila Vand stars as The Girl, a vampiric loner who roams the streets on a skateboard she stole from a kid. The unsuspecting object of her affections is Arash (Marandi), a handsome James Dean-type who is dealing with his own family issues. In the off-kilter world they inhabit, a touching and unconventional relationship develops.

 

WEDNESDAY 20 OCTOBER

Still Alice
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Alec Baldwin
What's it about?
Fifty-year-old Alice Howland (Moore, whose performance won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress) leads a seemingly perfect life, with a happy marriage and three grown children, and a successful career as a renowned linguistics professor. However, that life is turned upside down when she starts forgetting words, before receiving a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. This puts Alice and her family through the test, as she struggles to remain the woman she once was.

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Nina Forever
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine
Starring: Cian Barry, Abigail Hardingham, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, David Troughton
What's it about?
Depressed Rob (Barry) starts dating Holly  (Hardingham), a colleague at the supermarket where he works. But whenever they have sex, his dead girlfriend, Nina (O'Shaughnessy), pops up. Rob and Holly must find some way to deal with the situation and put Nina to rest.

 

THURSDAY 21 OCTOBER

The Fountain
7:45pm

M, AD
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie
What's it about?
Born from the sacrifices of man, the legendary Tree of Life promises eternity to those who drink its sap. It is the quest for this fabled tree - or more importantly, its gift, which has consumed Tom (Jackman) over the course of 1000 years. Told in a non-linear style, The Fountain follows Tom's soul through three separate incarnations, each of whom is desperate to save the life of his soul mate Izzi (Weisz) by harnessing the power of The Tree. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Marrowbone
9:30pm

MA15+
Spain, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Language: English
Director: Sergio G. Sánchez
Starring: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg
What's it about?
A young man (MacKay) and his three younger siblings (Taylor-Joy, Goth, Heaton), who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live. The haunting directorial debut from Sergio G. Sánchez, screenwriter of The Orphanage and The Impossible.

 

FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER

I Am Not a Witch
7:50pm

M, CC
UK, France, Germany, Zambia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Tonga
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Starring: Maggie Mulubwa, Henry B.J. Phiri, Gloria Huwiler, Nellie Munamonga
What's it about?
After a minor incident in her village in Zambia, eight-year-old Shula (Mulubwa) is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates through her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. Winner of the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

It Comes at Night
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Christopher Abbott, Riley Keough
What's it about?
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorises the world, a man (Edgerton) has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife (Ejogo) and son (Harrison Jr.), but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge. Directed by Trey Edward Shults (Krisha, Waves).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER

Lion
6:20pm

M, CC
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.

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Once Upon a Time in America
8:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, Italy, 1984
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Tuesday Weld
What's it about?
The final film by legendary Italian director Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad & The UglyOnce Upon a Time in the West) is an epic gangster film spanning decades, following the life of Jewish gangster David 'Noodles' Aaronson (De Niro) and his friends, from their childhoods in 1920s New York through Noodles' return to New York in 1968 after a long absence.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER

Frantz
6:25pm

PG
France, Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: German, French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber, Anton von Lucke
What's it about?
Just after the Great War, in a small German town, Anna (Transit's Paula Beer) returns each day to the cemetery to the grave of her fiancé, Frantz (von Lucke), who died on the frontlines in France. But this particular day, Adrien (Niney), a young Frenchman, has come to lay flowers on the grave of his German friend. The presence of a Frenchman after the German defeat gives rise to passionate reactions in the town. Directed by François Ozon, and based on the 1932 Ernst Lubitsch film Broken Lullaby.

REVIEW
Frantz review: Ozon's Lubitsch riff a tender, involving love story
François Ozon's loose adaptation of Ernst Lubitsch's 'Broken Lullaby' is a tender, involving love story set in post-World War I Europe.

Mammoth
8:30pm

M, CC
Sweden, Germany, Denmark, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lukas Moodysson
Starring: Michelle Williams, Gael García Bernal, Marife Necesito, Sophie Nyweide
What's it about?
Bored of his web design job, Leo (Bernal) takes a trip to Thailand in an attempt to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife (Williams) and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid (Necesito) changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence. Nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, from acclaimed director Lukas Moodysson (Show Me LoveLilya 4-Ever and Together).

League of Gods
10:50pm

M
China, Hong Kong, 2016
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Koan Hui On
Starring: Jet Li, Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Angelababy, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
What's it about?
During the reign of King Zhou (Tony Leung Ka-fai), an official enters his bedchamber, and is devoured by the monstrous tails of Daji (Fan Bingbing), his concubine. Outside their city, several warriors within a metal wagon discuss their strategies to free the Invisible People and their Chief, when Jiang Ziya (Jet Li) appears to them. He tells them that when King Zhou was younger, he let himself become possessed by the Black Dragon for his quest for power.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
 
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