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SBS World Movies Highlights: January 17 – 23 | Cinema News

  • Audio description (AD) available for Boy, The farewell drink, Jane red, The receiver was a spy, Blinded by the light, The song of names, The place Beyond the Pines and Vita & Virginia
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Boy and woman at war

MONDAY, JANUARY 17

White Lion
7:50 p.m.

PG
South Africa, 2010
Kind: Drama, Family
Language: English, Italian
Director: Michael Swan
With : Jamie Bartlett, John Kani, Thabo Malema, AJ Van der Merwe, Brendan Grealy
What is it about?
According to Shangaan legend, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it’s been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is miraculously born in this valley, a young Shangaan named Gisani finds himself destined to protect this rare and magnificent creature at all costs. This young lion, who will come to be known as Letsatsi, is driven from his pride and forced to embark on a perilous journey of survival.

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The spy
9:30 p.m.

M
Norway, 2019
Kind: Thriller, Drama, History
Language: Norwegian, English, Swedish, German
Director: jens jonsson
With : Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf Lassgård, Damien Chapelle, Alexander Scheer, Erik Hivju
What is it about?
Sonja Wigert (Berdal) is a diva and star in Stockholm when World War II breaks out, quickly catching the attention of Nazi officer Josef Terboven (Scheer). She is then recruited by the Swedish secret service as a spy, but Terboven has her spy on the Swedes.

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TUESDAY JANUARY 18

Boy
7:55 p.m.

M, AD, CC
New Zealand, 2010
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
With : James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Mavis Paenga
What is it about?
The year is 1984 and 11-year-old Boy (Rolleston) lives on a farm in New Zealand with his grandmother and younger brother. Shortly after Gran is gone for a week, Boy’s father appears out of the blue. After imagining a heroic version of his father while he was away, Boy comes face to face with the real version – an incompetent thug who has returned to find a bag of cash he buried years before. Writes, directs (and performs) Taika Waititi (Wild Peoples Hunt, Thor: Ragnarok).

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black book
9:30 p.m.

MA15+, DC
Netherlands, 2006
Kind: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: Dutch, German
Director: Paul Verhoeven
With : Carice van Houten, Christian Berkel, Sebastian Koch, Michiel Huisman
What is it about?
Rachel Stein (Houten) hides out in rural Holland in the final stages of the war. When her foster home is destroyed by a bomb, she is rescued by a resistance fighter and meets Mr. Smaal (Vries), a lawyer who helps wealthy Jews escape. But the planned escape ends in a massacre, including Rachel’s family. She joins the Resistance and becomes involved with high-ranking SS officer Ludwig Muntze (Koch), hoping to gather useful information. By Paul Verhoeven, director of Primary instinct and She.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19

The farewell drink
7:45 p.m.

CRAZY
United States, 2018
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephane Moyer
With : Anna Paquin, Melissa Leo, Rhys Ifans, Cynthia Nixon, Ed Asner, Denis O’Hare
What is it about?
A separated family reunites when the youngest sister, Colleen (Paquin), mysteriously dies. Left to sort through her affairs, Colleen’s father, her three siblings, and her ex-husband piece together their memories of the woman they lost.

Jane red
9:30 p.m.

CRAZY
United Kingdom, 2018
Kind: Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: Trevor Nunn
With : Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Tereza Srbova, Stephen Campbell Moore
What is it about?
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Dench) lives a contented retirement. Then suddenly her quiet existence is shattered as she is shockingly arrested by MI5. Because Joan has hidden an incredible past – she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Based on the novel by Jennie Rooney.

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THURSDAY JANUARY 20

Our stupid brother
7:55 p.m.

M
United States, 2011
Kind: The comedy
Language: English
Director: Jesse Peretz
With : Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn, Rashida Jones, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Zooey Deschanel
What is it about?
Dumb slacker Ned Rochlin (Rudd) makes the biggest mistake of his so far uninspired life when he sells weed to a cop. Homeless and jobless upon his release from prison, Ned must ask his three sisters for help. Although Ned himself is utterly unambitious, his sisters, however, find their carefully ordered lives thrown into chaos whenever he’s around.

The receiver was a spy
9:30 p.m.

CRAZY
United States, 2018
Kind: Drama, War, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ben Levin
With : Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti
What is it about?
This gripping, stranger-than-fiction spy thriller from director Ben Lewin (Sessions) brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg (Rudd), the professional baseball player turned spy during World War II. A Princeton-educated polyglot Jewish catcher for the Boston Red Sox, the enigmatic Berg was enlisted by the US government to go behind enemy lines and assassinate the Nazis’ chief nuclear scientist before the Germans could develop an atomic bomb.

FRIDAY JANUARY 21

Blinded by the light
6:20 p.m.

PG, AD
United Kingdom, 2019
Kind: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gurinder Chadha
With : Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir, Aaron Phagura
What is it about?
Javed (Kalra) is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton in 1987. He writes poetry to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the stubborn opinions of his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels between the singer’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Directed and co-written by Gurinder Chadha (Play it like Beckham, Marriage and prejudice).

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The song of names
8:30 p.m.

CRAZY
Canada, Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom, 2019
Kind: Drama
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francois Girard
With : Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, Saul Rubinek
What is it about?
Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in this historical drama about a man in search of his childhood best friend – a Polish violin prodigy orphaned by the Holocaust – who disappeared decades before the night of his first solo concert. Directed by Francois Girard (The red violin, Thirty-two short films about Glenn Gould).

Do not hesitate
10:35 p.m.

M
Netherlands, 2021
Kind: Thriller, War, Drama
Language: Arabic, Dutch
Director: Sharif Korver
With : Joes Brauers, Spencer Bogaert, Tobias Kersloot, Omar Alwan
What is it about?
After their truck breaks down somewhere in a Middle Eastern desert, three young Dutch soldiers must guard the vehicle alone. As they await the arrival of a repair party, they encounter a local boy who demands compensation for the death of his goat, caused by one of the soldiers. The boy then refuses to leave.

SATURDAY 22 JANUARY

Adam
6:35 p.m.

PG
Morocco, 2019
Kind: Drama
Language: Arab
Director: Maryam Touzani
With : Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda, Aziz Hattab, Hasnaa Tamtaoui
What is it about?
Abla (played by Fires and Paradise now’s Lubna Azabal) runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her eight-year-old daughter, Warda (Belkhaouda). When Samia (Hattab), a young pregnant woman, knocks on their door, Abla is far from imagining that her life will change forever.

The place Beyond the Pines
8:30 p.m.

MA15+, AD
United States, 2012
Kind: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Derek Cianfrance
With : Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn
What is it about?
A motorcycle stuntman (Gosling) turns to bank robbery to support his lover (Mendes) and their newborn baby, a move that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop (Cooper) navigating in a police department run by a corrupt detective. Directed by Derek Cianfrance (blue valentine, The light between the oceans).

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woman at war
11:05 p.m.

M, CC
Iceland, 2018
Kind: Drama, Comedy, Action
Language: 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. From Horses and men screenwriter/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

SUNDAY JANUARY 23

The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King
6:35 p.m.

PG
Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, 2017
Kind: Adventure, Fantastic
Language: Norwegian
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
With : Vebjørn Enger, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Elias Holmen Sørensen, Allan Hyde
What is it about?
Espen “Ash Lad” (Enger), the son of a poor farmer, embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to rescue the princess from a vile troll known as the Mountain King – in order to reap a reward and save his family’s farm from ruin.

Vita & Virginia
8:30 p.m.

CRAZY
Ireland, United Kingdom, 2019
Kind: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Chania Button
With : Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones
What is it about?
Socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and literary icon Virginia Woolf (Debicki) ran in different circles in 1920s London. Despite the odds, the magnetic Vita and the seductive Virginia forge an unconventional bond, against the backdrop of their own surprisingly contemporary marriages; which inspired one of Woolf’s most iconic novels, “Orlando.”

Rapeseed
10:35 p.m.

M
South Korea, 2016
Kind: Family, Drama
Language: Korean
Director: Hong Seung Yoon
With : Kim Go-eun, Youn Yuh-jung, Kim Hee-won, Shin Eun-jung, Yang Ik-june, Choi Min-ho
What is it about?
Twelve years after losing her granddaughter Hyeji (Kim Go-eun) by accident at a market, Grandma Gyechun (Kim Go-eun) and her granddaughter reunite. But things are not as smooth and perfect as they were twelve years ago.