SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: July 19-25 | Film news

THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Feel the beat, Lost in translation and Bird man
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Then you came, Lost in translation, The receiver is a spy, Bird man and Anomalisa

MONDAY JULY 19

Feel the beat
7:50 p.m.

M, CC
Sweden, 2018
Kind: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Language: Swedish, English
Director: Rikard svensson
With: Rikard Svensson, Anna Sise, Magnus Krepper, Piotr Giro, Hilderun Gorpe
What is it about?
Due to his aversion to dancing, workaholic Adam (Svensson) stays at home while his wife Lisa (Sise) has fun in Stockholm swing dance clubs. When Lisa is hit by a car and falls into a coma, Adam finds out that she has been unfaithful. His only clue is that the lover is a dancer – and he becomes obsessed with finding him. There is only one problem: he must first learn to dance.

The host
9:30 p.m.

M
South Korea, 2006
Kind: Science fiction, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon Ho
With: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Doona Bae
What is it about?
A US military base in Yongson releases toxic chemicals into the Han River drain under direct orders from an arrogant coroner. Six years later, a mutant squid monster leaves the water and attacks people by the river. The third feature film by Bong Joon-ho (also starring his regular actor Song Kang-ho), director of the Oscar for best picture in 2020 Parasite.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

TUESDAY JULY 20

Just a breath
7:50 p.m.

M
France, 2018
Kind: Science fiction
Language: French
Director: Daniel Roby
With: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin
What is it about?
When Paris is plunged into a strange deadly fog, the survivors take refuge in the floors and roofs of the city. Without news, electricity, water or food, a small family struggles to survive the disaster. But as the hours go by, they are forced to face reality – rescue teams do not come. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to risk going out in the fog.

Trace
9:30 p.m.

M
Poland, 2017
Kind: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: english, polish
Director: Agnieszka Holland
With: Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, Wiktor Zborowski, Jakub Gierszał
What is it about?
The story of Janina Duszejko (Mandat-Grabka), an elderly woman, who lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who (or what) is the murderer, but no one believes her. Directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europe Europe and Olivier, Olivier).

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

WEDNESDAY JULY 21

Lucky grandma
7:55 p.m.

M
United States, 2020
Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Sasie Sealy
With: Tsai Chin, Hisao-Yuan Ha, Michael Tow, Emma Hong, Yan Xi, Lyman Chen
What is it about?
Set in New York’s Chinatown, a chain-smoker Chinese grandmother (Tsai Chin) goes all-in at the casino, putting herself on the wrong side of luck – and in the midst of a gang war. Reviewer for The Hollywood Reporter, Harry Windsor noted that “the film features virtually no spoken English and in a very funny way captures a hermetic immigrant culture in which no one even thinks of calling the police.”

By the grace of God
9:30 p.m.

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Kind: Drama
Language: French
Director: Francois Ozon
With: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Eric Caravaca
What is it about?
Alexander (Poupaud) lives in Lyon with his wife and children. One day, he discovers by chance that the priest who abused him with scouts still officiates with children. He then begins a fight, quickly joined by François (Menochet) and Emmanuel (Arlaud), also victims of the parish priest, to “free their word” about what they have suffered. Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2018, and directed by Francois Ozon (In the House, Frantz).

THURSDAY JULY 22

Then you came
7:45 p.m.

MAD
United States, 2019
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Hutchings
With: Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev, Tyler Hoechlin, David Koechner
What is it about?
A funny and poignant coming of age story celebrating the desire for friendship, romance and life. American hypochondriac (Butterfield) working as a porter at the airport is forced to face his fears when a terminally ill British teenager (Williams) enlists him to help him complete his bucket list eccentric.

Lost in translation
9:30 p.m.

PG, AD, CC
United States, 2003
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sofia coppola
With: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
What is it about?
Bob Harris (Murray) and Charlotte (Johansson) are two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte is a young woman who accompanies her workaholic photographer husband (Ribisi). Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the bar of the luxury hotel, and this chance encounter quickly turns into a surprising friendship. Nominated for four Oscars in 2004, including Best Picture, and Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay (Sofia Coppola).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

FRIDAY JULY 23

The catcher was a spy
7:40 p.m.

MAD
United States, 2018
Kind: Drama, War, Thriller
Language: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Director: Ben lewin
With: Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti
What is it about?
This gripping spy thriller and stranger than the fiction of director Ben Lewin (The sessions) brings to life the incredible true story of Moe Berg (Rudd), the professional baseball player turned spy during WWII. A Jewish, Princeton-educated and multilingual receiver for the Boston Red Sox, the enigmatic Berg was drafted by the US government to go behind enemy lines and assassinate the Nazi’s chief nuclear scientist before the Germans could develop a atomic bomb.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
9:30 p.m.

MA15 +, AD, CC
United States, 2014
Kind: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
With: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
What is it about?
A declining actor (Keaton) best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to make his comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more selfless, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove more difficult than expected. Winner for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars.

NOTE: No catch-up after airing on SBS On Demand

SATURDAY JULY 24

Master Cheng
6:25 p.m.

PG
China, Finland, 2019
Kind: Drama, Comedy
Language: Finnish
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
With: Pak Hon Chu, Anna-Maija Tuokko, Lucas Hsuan, Kari Väänänen, Vesa-Matti Loiri
What is it about?
Cheng (Pak Hon Chu), 45, a Chinese restaurateur, traveled with his young son halfway around the world to a remote village in Finland. His wife recently died in an accident and Cheng wanted to take a break from traveling with his son to see an old Finnish friend who lives on a farm in the Finnish countryside. It is the most remote place Cheng can imagine with endless forests, thousands of lakes, a country with an entire population of one-fifth of Cheng’s hometown of Shanghai.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

From the Land of the Moon
8:30 p.m.

MA15 +
France, 2016
Kind: Drama, Romance
Language: French, Spanish, German
Director: Nicole garcia
With: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Àlex Brendemühl, Brigitte Rouan
What is it about?
An adaptation of Milena Agus’ eponymous novel set after WWII, this film spans 20 years, following the fate of a passionate and free-spirited woman (Cotillard) who is in a loveless marriage and falls in love. from another man. In Official Competition selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

In his name
10:45 p.m.

MA15 +
France, 2016
Kind: Drama, Crime
Language: english, french, german
Director: Vincent Garenq
With: Daniel Auteuil, Sebastian Koch, Marie-Josée Croze, Christelle Cornil
What is it about?
Based on a true story, Kalinka tells the story of André Bamberski (Auteuil) for justice for his daughter Kalinka who died under mysterious circumstances. After 27 years of investigating his suspected murderer, Bamberski finally has the chance to bring the murderer to justice.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

SUNDAY JULY 25

When Marnie was there
5:00 p.m.

PG
Japan, 2014
Kind: Drama, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Voice distribution: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima
What is it about?
12-year-old Anna thinks she is outside the invisible magic circle that most people belong to and cuts herself off from everyone around her. Concerned about her health, Anna’s adoptive mother decides to send her to the Hokkaido countryside to stay in a sleepy seaside town. There she meets Marnie, an energetic young girl who seems to appear out of nowhere. The couple quickly becomes inseparable.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The secret of Kells
7:00 p.m.

PG
Ireland, 2009
Kind: Family, Fantasy, Animation
Language: English
Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Voice distribution: Brendan Gleeson, Michael McGrath, Paul Young, Mick Lally
What is it about?
The adventure awaits 12-year-old Brendan, who must battle Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to complete Brother Aiden’s book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will lead him beyond the walls of the Abbey and into the Enchanted Forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest? Nominated for the Oscar for best animated feature.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

A promise
8:30 p.m.

MA15 +
France, Belgium, 2013
Kind: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Patrice Leconte
With: Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden
What is it about?
Set in Germany just before World War I, this period drama based on Stefan Zweig’s novel and directed by Patrice Leconte (Man in train, Ridiculous) centers on a married woman (Hall) who falls in love with her husband’s protégé. Separated first by duties and then by war, they mutually dedicate their devotion.

Anomalisa
10:20 p.m.

MA15 +, DA
United States, 2015
Kind: Drama, Animation
Language: English
Director: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Featured (voice): David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
What is it about?
Suffering from an identity crisis, middle-aged writer Michael (Thewlis) meets during his overnight visit to Cincinatti an old flame, who never recovered from throwing her, and a woman named Lisa (Leigh), who came to hear him speak at a seminar and who gives Michael new inspiration for life. By Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Flawless Spirit.

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