SBS World Movies Highlights: July 20 – 26 | Cinema News


FOR THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV

  • Audio description (AD) available for A bump along the way, pawn sacrifice, The escape, clay pigeons, Seven Psychopaths and Get real
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Pawn sacrifice, sibyl, The tree of life and clay pigeons

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

A bump along the way
7:40 p.m.

MAD
United Kingdom, 2019
Gender: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: love shell
With : Bronagh Gallagher, Lola Petticrew, Mary Moulds, Dan Gordon, Andy Doherty
What is it about?
When a middle-aged, fun-loving single mother (Gallagher) living in Derry, Northern Ireland, accidentally becomes pregnant, her teenage daughter (Petticrew) is outraged. But mother and daughter slowly reverse roles as the pregnancy progresses.

Gaia
9:30 p.m.

M
South Africa, 2021
Gender: Horror, Fantasy, Drama
Language: Afrikaans, English
Director: Jacques Bouwer
With : Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk, Anthony Oseyemi
What is it about?
A ranger injured on a routine mission is saved by two off-grid survivors. What is initially a welcome rescue becomes more suspicious as the son and his renegade father reveal a bigoted devotion to the forest. But when their cabin is attacked by a strange being, it’s clear there’s a much bigger threat in this unrelenting wilderness.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

THURSDAY JULY 21

pawn sacrifice
7:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
United States, 2015
Gender: Drama
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
With : Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg
What is it about?
During the Cold War, chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Maguire) takes on Boris Spassky (Schreiber), the Soviet world champion. Although Fischer wants a normal game against his rival, the United States wants him to be seen as the Cold War plays out on the chessboard. All of this doesn’t help the fact that Fischer constantly struggles with paranoia. It’s the world of chess like you’ve never seen it before.

Memory
9:40 p.m.

PG
Colombia, Thailand, France, 2021
Gender: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: English Spanish
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
With : Tilda Swinton, Agnes Brekke, Juan Pablo Urrego, Jeanne Balibar, Elkin Diaz
What is it about?
A Scottish orchid farmer (Swinton) visiting her ailing sister in Bogotá, Colombia, befriends a young musician (Urrego) and a French archaeologist (Balibar) overseeing a project to build a century to dig a tunnel through the Andes mountain range. Every night, she is bothered by louder and louder detonations that prevent her from sleeping. From the famous Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee who can remember his past lives), and winner of the Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

FRIDAY JULY 22

The escape
7:35 p.m.

MAD
United Kingdom, 2018
Gender: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dominique Sauvage
With : Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber, Marthe Keller, Montserrat Lombard
What is it about?
An intimate portrait of a married woman who seems to have it all. Married young, Tara (Arterton) has all the ingredients for a successful life: a comfortable home, a loving but overworked husband (Cooper), young children and a healthy lifestyle. But she is unhappy and longs for more, something she is unable to put her finger on.

Golden exits
9:30 p.m.

M
United States, 2017
Gender: Drama
Language: English
Director: Alex Ross Perry
With : Emily Browning, Jason Schwartzman, Mary-Louise Parker, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Horowitz
What is it about?
The story of two families in Brooklyn and the outcome of an unspoken misfortune that occurs when a young Australian girl (Browning), spending time abroad, upsets the balance on both sides. Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Philip, His smell).

SATURDAY JULY 23

almost known
7:30 p.m.

MA15+
United States, 2000
Gender: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Cameron Crowe
With : Patrick Fugit, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Billy Crudup
What is it about?
A funny and poignant coming-of-age chronicle of 15-year-old rock ‘n’ roll obsessed William (Fugit) in 1973. When his love of music landed him a Rolling Stone assignment to interview the up-and-coming band Stillwater Led by guitarist Russell Hammond (Crudup) and vocalist Jeff Bebe (Lee), William embarks on an eye-opening journey on tour with the band, despite the objections of his protective mother (McDormand). Winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001 for writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Say anything…).

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

curious
9:45 p.m.

MA15+
France, 2019
Gender: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Lou Jeunet
With : Noémie Merlant, Niels Schneider, Benjamin Lavernhe, Camélia Jordana, Amira Casar
What is it about?
Paris 1895. To pay off her father’s debts, Marie de Heredia (Merlant) marries the poet Henri de Regnier (Lavernhe), but it is Pierre Louys (Schneider) whom she loves, an equally erotomaniac poet. It is with him that she will live an initiation to love and eroticism through the photographic and literary link that they invent together.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Sibyl
11:45 p.m.

MA15+, DC
Belgium, France, 2019
Gender: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Justine Triet
With : Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Niels Schneider, Sandra Hüller
What is it about?
Sibyl (Efira), a jaded psychotherapist, returns to her first passion: writing. But his new patient Margot (Exarchopoulos), a troubled up-and-coming actress, proves to be far too tempting a source of inspiration. Fascinated almost to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes increasingly involved in Margot’s tumultuous life, rekindling volatile memories that confront her with her past. Also featuring Toni Erdmanby Sandra Huller.

SUNDAY JULY 24

The tree of life
6:00 p.m.

PG, CC
United States, 2011
Gender: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malik
With : Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Tye Sheridan, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler
What is it about?
Director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The thin red line) traces the development of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy, love and mercy (from his mother, played by Chastain), to his introduction to the “ways of the world”. (from his father, played by Pitt). Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Oscars.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

clay pigeons
8:30 p.m.

MA15+, AD, CC
United States, 1998
Gender: Crime, Comedy
Language: English
Director: David Dobkin
With : Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, Scott Wilson, Gregory Sporleder
What is it about?
Clay (Pheonix) is a small-town young man who witnesses his friend, Earl (Sporleder), commit suicide because of the ongoing affair Clay was having with the man’s wife, Amanda (Georgina Cates). Feeling guilty, Clay now resists the widow when she urges him to continue their sexual relationship. Clay inadvertently befriends a serial killer named Lester Long (Vaughn), who murders the widow in an attempt to “help” his “fishing buddy”.

Seven Psychopaths
10:25 p.m.

MA15+, AD
UK, USA, 2012
Language: English
Director: Martin McDonagh
With : Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell
What is it about?
Boozy writer Marty (Farrell) is a man in search of a script. It has a catchy title but no story to go with it. Marty has a few eccentric buddies, Hans (Walken) and Billy (Rockwell), who make a living by kidnapping the rich’s dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward, and Marty uses the ensuing events of a kidnapping that went wrong as fodder for its screenplay. A quintessentially dark and acerbic comedy from Martin McDonagh, writer-director of In Brugge and Three billboards outside Ebbing Missouri.

MONDAY, JULY 25

Monk comes down the mountain
7:30 p.m.

M
China, 2015
Gender: Action, Comedy
Language: Chinese
Director: Chen Kaige
With : Baoqiang Wang, Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Chi-Ling Lin, Yuen Wah, Jaycee Chan
What is it about?
When a young monk (Baoqiang Wang) is forced to leave his impoverished monastery, he relies on his extraordinary martial arts skills to survive in the outside world. In search of a mentor, he crosses paths with a Kung Fu master who is in possession of the Book of Secrets, which reveals the lost art of the deadly Ape Strike Kung Fu technique. Directed by Chen Kaige (Farewell my concubine, Together).

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Ip-Man
9:35 p.m.

M
Hong Kong, 2008
Gender: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin
Director: Wilson Yip
With : Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong fan
What is it about?
In 1930s China, the city of Foshan was the legendary center of Kung Fu martial arts. Ip Man (Yen) is an accomplished grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu but chooses to keep a low profile and takes no students. Challenge after brutal challenge, the town realizes that Ip Man is unstoppable. After the Japanese invasion, the city descends into chaos and struggles to survive. Ip Man rises to challenge General Miura and the Japanese army.

TUESDAY JULY 26

Babette’s Feast
5:30 p.m.

g
Denmark, 1987
Gender: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gabriel Axel
With : Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle
What is it about?
At the end of the 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village welcomes Babette (Audran), a French refugee, as the family cook for the daughters of the late pastor. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family’s dwindling congregation. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1988.

Get real
7:30 p.m.

MAD
UK, 1998
Gender: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Shoreline Simon
With : Ben Silverstone, Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Stacy Hart, Kate McEnery
What is it about?
Steven (Silverstone) spends his school days daydreaming about star athlete John (Gorton). But John has a gorgeous girlfriend, and Steven is still in the closet about being gay. The only one who knows the teenager’s secret is her friend Linda (Brittain). After a curious encounter with John in a public restroom, Steven begins to wonder if the jock is straight after all. When they begin a romance, it threatens to expose the truth about both of them.

IP Man 2
9:35 p.m.

M
Hong Kong, China, 2010
Gender: Drama, History, Action
Language: English
Director: Wilson Yip
With : Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Sammo Hung
What is it about?
After defeating the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese Army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man (Yen) and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong. Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his famous art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings him challenges from powerful enemies, including the preeminent master of Hung Gar, Hung Quan (Hung).

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