SBS World Movies Highlights: May 18-24 | Cinema News

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

  • Audio description (AD) available for zoo, The Blues Brothers, A star is born, brief encounter and Free
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Blues Brothers, A star is born, eight miles high and woman at war

WEDNESDAY MAY 18

Warm bodies
7:40 p.m.

M
United States, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Tongue: English
Director: Jonathan Levin
With : Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
What is it about?
When a zombie (Hoult) saves a girl (Palmer) from impending death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets off a chain of events that will change him, his dead companions, and possibly even the entire world. without life. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine (madness, 50/50).

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
9:30 p.m.

MA15+
UK, USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Horror
Tongue: English
Director: Tim Burton
With : Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen
What is it about?
Based on true events, this darkly comic musical tale tells the story of London barber Benjamin Barker (Depp, in an Oscar-nominated performance) who returns from wrongful imprisonment in 1840s London, determined to exact revenge on the rape and death of his wife, and resumes his trade while forming a sinister partnership with his housemate, Mrs Lovett (Bonham Carter). Based on the Broadway musical by the late Stephen Sondheim.

THURSDAY MAY 19

zoo
7:45 p.m.

FURIOUS
UK, Ireland, 2018
Genre: Family, War, History
Tongue: English
Director: Colin McIvor
With : Art Parkinson, Emily Flain, Toby Jones, Ian O’Reilly, Ian McElhinney
What is it about?
The true story of a larger than life friendship. Tom (Parkinson), 12, is the son of the Belfast Zoo vet. As bombs fall on Northern Ireland during World War II, Tom’s father is drafted into the British Army. With animal safety at stake, Tom must find a hiding place for the zoo’s newest addition: a baby elephant named Buster. Tom enlists his best friend, Pete (O’Reilly), and his sensitive classmate Jane (Flain) to help hide Buster.

The Blues Brothers
9:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
USA, 1980
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Action
Tongue: English
Director: John Landis
With : Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Aretha Franklin
What is it about?
Jake Blues (Belushi) has just been released from prison and teams up with his brother, Elwood (Aykroyd) on a “mission from God” to raise money for the orphanage they grew up in. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so that they get their old band together and get on the right track, while attracting a few trouble here and there.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

FRIDAY MAY 20

brief encounter
7:40 p.m.

FURIOUS
USA, UK, 1974
Genre: Drama, TV movie
Tongue: English
Director: Alan Bridges
With : Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Jack Hedley, Rosemary Leach, Ann Firbank
What is it about?
Based on Noel Coward’s classic play of a chance encounter, it’s a story of innocence and unexpected love. Anna (Loren) and Dr. Alec Harvey (Burton) meet by chance and their casual friendship turns into a tormenting relationship. Realizing the danger to her marriage, Anna avoids Alec who is unhappy in his own marriage and pursues Anna with increasing intensity. Unable to resist his charm, Anna accepts Alec’s invitation to a date at a friend’s apartment.

A star is born
9:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
USA, 1976
Genre: Music, Drama, Romance
Tongue: English
Director: Frank Pierson
With : Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand, Gary Busey, Robert Englund
What is it about?
The 1976 rock music version (after the 1937 and 1954 film versions, and preceding the recent 2018 update) of this story of a young woman (played by Streisand) who enters show business, meets and falls in love with an established male star (played by Kristofferson), only to see his career rise while hers declines.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

SATURDAY MAY 21

The Hollars
6:55 p.m.

M
United States, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Tongue: English
Director: Jean Krasinski
With : John Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick
What is it about?
John Hollar (Krasinski) is an aspiring New York artist who brings his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Central American hometown on the eve of his mother’s brain surgery. There he is forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school buddies, father and overly impatient ex-wife return to his pre-surgery life.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Regression
8:30 p.m.

MA15+
Canada, Spain, 2015
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Tongue: English
Director: Alejandro Amenabar
With : Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis, Lothaire Bluteau, Dale Dickey, David Dencik
What is it about?
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and with no memory admits his guilt, famed psychologist Dr. Raines (Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories, and what they uncover unravels a horrifying national mystery.

eight miles high
10:30 p.m.

MA15+, DC
Germany, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy
Tongue: German
Director: Achim Bornhak
With : Natalia Avelon, Matthias Schweighöfer, David Scheller, Victor Noren
What is it about?
Based on the true story of Uschi Obermeier (played by Avelon), a 1960s German model who embodied the dreams of the hippie generation – joining a commune in Berlin, starting a modeling career, meeting rock stars and traveling the world in a bus, enjoying love, drugs and freedom.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

SUNDAY MAY 22

woman at war
6:35 p.m.

M, CC
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Action
Tongue: Icelandic, English
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
With : Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Jörundur Ragnarsson
What is it about?
Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) declares a one-woman war against the local aluminum industry. She’s willing to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life. Since Horses and men screenwriter/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Free
8:30 p.m.

FURIOUS
United States, 2015
Genre: Drama
Tongue: English
Director: Pierre-Sollet
With : Steve Carell, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Julianne Moore
What is it about?
Laurel Hester, a decorated New Jersey police detective, is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However, county officials, Freeholders, conspire to stop Laurel from doing so. Dane Wells, Laurel’s ruthless fellow detective, and activist Steven Goldstein band together in Laurel and Stacie’s defense.

little white lies
10:25 p.m.

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Tongue: French
Director: Guillaume Cannet
With : Gilles Lellouche, Francois Cluzet, Benoît Magimel, Marion Cotillard
What is it about?
When the charismatic party animal Ludo (Dujardin) leaves a Parisian nightclub one evening, he is involved in a car accident which leaves him in a coma in the hospital. He is visited by his group of longtime friends, who decide the accident shouldn’t stop them from embarking on their long-awaited summer vacation. Once the group of families and friends arrive at the vacation home, tensions begin to unravel and underlying passions and truths surface.

MONDAY MAY 23

The girl in the fog
7:30 p.m.

M
Italy, 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Tongue: Italian
Director: Donato Carrissi
With : Toni Servillo, Jean Reno, Alessio Boni, Lorenzo Richelmy, Galatea Ranzi
What is it about?
In the foggy Italian mountain village of Avechot, the inscrutable detective Vogel (Servillo, of The great beauty) investigates the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Two days before Christmas, fifteen-year-old Anna Lou disappeared, upsetting the tight-knit community. In Avechot nothing is what it seems and no one tells the whole truth. An adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by Donald Carrisi, who also directed the film.

The domain
9:50 p.m.

M
France, Spain, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Tongue: Spanish
Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyan
With : Antonio de la Torre, Josep Maria Pou, Monica Lopez, Barbara Lennie, Nacho Fresneda
What is it about?
Manuel (de la Torre), a Spanish politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business, threatens to break up his entire party after a newspaper exposes him to the public eye. Rather than admit any wrongdoing, he decides to sell out his entire party in a bid to avoid jail time. It is a decision that will put many lives at risk.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

TUESDAY 24 MAY

Armor of God II (aka Operation Condor)
7:40 p.m.

M
Hong Kong, 1991
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Tongue: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
With : Jackie Chan, Carol Cheng, Eva Cobo, Shoko Ikeda, Vincent Lyn
What is it about?
Agent Jackie (Chan) is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara Desert. He teams up with three clumsy women who are all related in some way. However, a team of mercenaries has ideas about the ownership of the gold. A chase ensues to see who gets there first.

only animals
9:35 p.m.

M
France, Germany, 2019
Genre: Drama, Crime
Tongue: French
Director: Dominique Moll
With : Laure Calamy, Denis Ménochet, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Damien Bonnard
What is it about?
Following the disappearance of glamorous and secretive Evelyne Ducat (Bruni Tedeschi) during a blizzard in the southern highlands of France, the lives of five people inextricably linked to Evelyne are turned upside down as local police investigate the affair. Written and directed by Dominik Moll (Harry, he’s here to help, Lemming).


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