SBS World Movies Highlights: December 13 – 19 | Film news

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  • Audio Description (AD) available for The face of love, Mississippi Grind and Ali’s wedding
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Hyde Park on Hudson, Phoenix, Vice and Ali’s wedding

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13

Loving Vincent
7:45 p.m.

M
United Kingdom, 2017
Kind: Animation, Drama
Language: English
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Voice distribution: Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Helen McCrory, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd
What is it about?
The world’s first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent brings Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to life to tell his remarkable story. Each frame in the film, totaling approximately 65,000, is an oil painting hand painted by 125 professional oil painters who have traveled from around the world to Loving Vincent Studios in Poland and Greece to be part of the production. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Oscars.

Gomorrah
9:30 p.m.

MA15 +
Italy, 2008
Kind: Drama, Crime
Language: Italian
Director: Matteo garrone
With : Gianfelice Imparato, Tony Servillo, Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino
What is it about?
Based on Roberto Saviano’s book, it is an inside look at today’s criminal families in Italy, told through the stories of five people who believe they can make their own pact with the Camorra. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2008, and of five European Film Awards, including that of the best film.

TUESDAY 14 DECEMBER

The face of love
7:50 p.m.

CRAZY
United States, 2013
Kind: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Arié Posin
With : Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams
What is it about?
Lonely widow Nikki (Bening) begins a romance with art teacher Tom (Harris), who looks eerily like her late husband Garret (also played by Harris). She doesn’t tell him about the resemblance, or her friends and family, which begins to strain her new relationship.

Like crazy
9:30 p.m.

MA15 +
France, Italy, 2016
Kind: Drama, Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Virz
With : Valeria Bruni ‑ Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti, Anna Galiena
What is it about?
Beatrice is a talkative and a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe that she has achieved intimacy with world leaders. Donatella is a quiet tattooed young woman, locked in her own mystery. They are both patients of a psychiatric establishment and subject to custodial measures.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15

Mississippi Grind
7:30 p.m.

CRAZY
United States, 2015
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
With : Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller
What is it about?
Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented but unlucky player whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis (Reynolds), a very charismatic young poker player. The two become friends immediately, and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high-stakes poker game in New Orleans. From the writer-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Demi Nelson).

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Dogman
9:30 p.m.

MA15 +
Italy, 2018
Kind: Crime, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Matteo garrone
With : Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi
What is it about?
Marcello (Fonte, who won the Best Actor award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival), a small and sweet dog groomer, finds himself embroiled in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a violent ex-boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of revenge. Directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah).

THURSDAY DECEMBER 16

Hyde Park on Hudson
7:40 p.m.

M, CC
United Kingdom, 2012
Kind: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Roger michel
With : Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West, Olivia Colman
What is it about?
In June 1939, the reigning British King (West) and Queen (Colman) visited President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) and Eleanor Roosevelt (Williams) at their New York home. War with Germany is looming on the horizon and England desperately needs the president’s support. An unforgettable weekend unfolds as FDR tries to juggle international affairs with the intricacies of his domestic arrangement, seen through the eyes of the President’s intimate confidant.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The traitor
9:30 p.m.

MA15 +
Italy, 2019
Kind: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: Italian
Director: Marco bellocchio
With : Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Fausto Russo Alesi
What is it about?
Palermo, Sicily, 1980. Tommaso Buscetta (Favina), member of the Mafia, decides to settle in Brazil with his family fleeing the constant war between the different clans of the criminal organization. But when, after having lived through several misfortunes, he is forced to return to Italy, he makes a daring decision that will forever change his life and the fate of Cosa Nostra.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 17

Walking under the sun
6:40 p.m.

PG
United Kingdom, 2014
Kind: Comedy, Romance
Language: italian, english
Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
With : Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti, Greg Wise, Katy Brand
What is it about?
Set to a soundtrack of popular hit songs from the 1980s, this film is set in a beautiful coastal village in contemporary Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie (Scholey) prepares to marry gorgeous Italian Raf (Berruti) and has invited her sister Taylor (Arterton) to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor’s former flame and the love of her life.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The old man and the gun
8:30 p.m.

M
United States, 2018
Kind: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Lowery
With : Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits
What is it about?
The true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), from his daring escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to a series of unprecedented heists that have baffled authorities and delighted audiences. A detective, who is captivated by Forrest’s commitment to his profession, and a woman, who loves him despite the profession he has chosen, are enveloped in the pursuit.

Phoenix
10:15 p.m.

M, CC
Germany, 2014
Kind: Drama
Language: german, english
Director: Christian petzold
With : Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
What is it about?
Seriously injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (Hoss) returns to her hometown, Berlin. Barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly goes in search of her husband, Johnny (Zehrfeld), the love of her life who is convinced that his wife is dead. When Nelly finally finds him, he only recognizes a disturbing resemblance and doesn’t believe it can really be her. Hoping to secure his family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests that Nelly take the identity of his late wife. Written and directed by Christian Petzold (Barbara, Transit).

SATURDAY DECEMBER 18

The Well Digger’s Daughter
6.30 p.m.

PG
France, 2010
Kind: Drama
Language: French
Director: Daniel Auteuil
With : Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle
What is it about?
While cutting across the fields to bring lunch to her father, Patricia Amoretti (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) meets Jacques Mazel (Nicolas Duvauchelle). She is 18, he is 26. She is pretty, with beautiful demoiselle manners; he is a handsome fighter pilot. A little moonlight will do the rest on their second meeting; there will not be a third since Jacques is sent to the front. However, the second meeting leads to the pregnancy of Patricia.

Vice
8:30 p.m.

M, CC
United States, 2018
Kind: Drama, History, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Adam mckay
With : Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Shea Whigham, Eddie Marsan
What is it about?
George W. Bush (Rockwell) chooses Dick Cheney (Bale), the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. Regular in politics, Cheney’s impressive resume includes positions as as White House Chief of Staff, House Minority Whip and Secretary of Defense. When Bush narrowly wins, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.

Ali’s wedding
11:00 p.m.

M, AD, CC
Australia, 2017
Kind: Romantic comedy
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Jeffrey walker
With : Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah
What is it about?
Ali (Sami) is the son of a Muslim cleric who, despite the best of intentions, seems incapable of making the right choices in life. Ali dreams big: he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he has been promised to another girl at her father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor the community expects of him, but he doesn’t get the grades. 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 has to pretend, because as the son of the clerk he has no choice.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

SUNDAY DECEMBER 19

Middle Angrezi
5:50 p.m.

PG
India, 2020
Kind: Drama, Comedy
Language: Hindi
Director: Homi adajania
With : Irrfan Khan, Radhika Madan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Tripathi
What is it about?
A modest Mithai store owner and single father (Khan) is on the verge of fulfilling his daughter’s (Madan) dream of studying in London. However, certain misadventures lead him and his family on a new quest, which renews their relationships and their bonds.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Parasite
8:30 p.m.

MA15 +
South Korea, 2019
Kind: Drama, Comedy, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon Ho
With : Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam
What is it about?
In this multiple Oscar-winning film (the first and only non-English film to win Best Picture), the struggling Kim family seizes an opportunity when their son begins working for the wealthy Park family. Soon all of them find a way to work in the same household and begin to live a parasitic life. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (The host, Murder memories, Snowdrops).

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

what Maisie knows
10:55 p.m.

M
United States, 2013
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Siegel, Scott McGehee
With : Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Emma Holzer, Alexander Skarsgård, Joanna Vanderham
What is it about?
Six-year-old Maisie (Holzer) is caught in the middle of a custody battle between her rock star mother, Suzanna (Moore) and her art dealer father, Beale (Coogan). In a race to gain court advantage, Beale marries Maisie’s nanny, Margo (Vanderham), prompting Suzanna in turn to marry local bartender, Lincoln (SkarsgÃ¥rd). Maisie is infinitely tolerant and angelic in her ability to observe their immature actions without judgment, remaining calm in the midst of chaos.


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