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SBS World Movies Highlights: April 26 – May 2

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

  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Cassandra CrossingAnother Mother’s Son, The Best Offer, Seven Years in Tibet, The Lighthorsemen, Red Sun, Breaker Morant, Jane Got a Gun, Piercing, Charade, Leon: The Professional, The Escape and The Sound of Silence
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Cassandra CrossingAnother Mother’s Son, Red Sun and Leon: The Professional 

 

WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL

The Cassandra Crossing
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
UK, 1976
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Starring: Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen, O.J. Simpson, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster
What’s it about?
Terrorists have planted a deadly virus on a transcontinental train. On board are the glamorous Jennifer Chamberlain (Loren) and her ex-husband, Dr Jonathan Chamberlain (Harris). To save Europe from a deadly epidemic, Colonel Stephen Mackenzie (Lancaster) is called in to handle the crisis. He alone must decide whether to re-route the train over the unstable Cassandra Crossing – where it will plunge into oblivion. Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Tombstone).

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Another Mother’s Son
9:50pm

PG, AD, CC
UK, 2017
Genre: War, Drama
Language: English, French, German, Russian
Director: Christopher Menaul
Starring: Jenny Seagrove, Julian Kostov, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Nicholas Farrell
What’s it about?
Jersey, 1942. As Hitler strengthens his grip on Western Europe, The Channel Islands fall into occupied hands. Used by the Germans as a base where prisoners of war are put to work in slave labour camps, the residents of Jersey face a future of uncertainty and fear which frays tempers and tests loyalties among the tight-knit island community.

 

THURSDAY 27 APRIL

The Best Offer
7:30pm

M, AD
Italy, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks
What’s it about?
Virgil Oldman (Rush) is a misogynist auctioneer and art collector who puts his friend Billy (Sutherland) in charge of purchasing works of art undisturbed. One day he receives a call from Claire (Hoeks), heiress to a sprawling villa full of paintings and antiques. She convinces him to evaluate her late parents’ property. From here begins a story full of passion and intrigue. From Giuseppe Tornatore, director of Cinema Paradiso.

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Seven Years in Tibet
9:55pm

M, AD
USA, 1997
Genre: Adventure
Language: English
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Danny Denzongpa, Mako, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
What’s it about?
Based on the true story of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer (Pitt). In 1939, Harrer travels to the Himalayas to head an expedition, but when WWII breaks out, the arrogant adventurer is taken prisoner by the Allied forces. He escapes and makes his way to Tibet, where he meets the 14-year-old Dalai Lama (Wangchuk) whose friendship ultimately transforms his outlook on life. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Quest For Fire, In the Name of the Rose).

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FRIDAY 28 APRIL

The Lighthorsemen
5:20pm

PG, AD
Australia, 1987
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Simon Wincer
Starring: Gary Sweet, Sigrid Thornton, Jon Blake, John Walton
What’s it about?
Four gallant men of the Australian Light Horse Regiment are thrust into the last great cavalry charge when the British campaign in Palestine becomes stalemated in 1917. In a desperate attempt to aid the Allies’ cause 800 young Australian horsemen set off against gunfire and insurmountable odds in a last ditch attempt to save the attacking British soldiers from imminent annihilation by the Turco-German Army.

Red Sun
7:30pm

PG, AD, CC
France, Italy, Spain, 1971
Genre: Action, Western
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese
Director: Terence Young
Starring: Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, Alain Delon, Toshirô Mifune
What’s it about?
The Japanese ambassador is traveling through the Wild West by train, when gangsters hold up the train, to rob a gold shipment. They also carry an ancient Japanese sword the ambassador was carrying as a present for the US president. The ambassador’s bodyguard (Mifune) will go after them, with the aid of one of the gang’s leaders betrayed by his pals.

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Three Kings
9:35pm

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, War
Language: English
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney, Spike Jonze, Cliff Curtis, Nora Dunn
What’s it about?
A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. Directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle).

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SATURDAY 29 APRIL

Breaker Morant
6:30pm

PG, AD
Australia, 1980
Genre: War, Classics
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Charles \’Bud\’ Tingwell, Bryan Brown
What’s it about?
South Africa, 1901. The British war against the Boers has deteriorated into bitter guerilla warfare. A unit of the Bushveladt Carbineers, made up mainly of Australians, is ordered by the British High Command to fight the Boer on it’s terms and take no prisoners; an order which will prove fatal to a man they call ‘The Breaker’ – Lieutenant Harry Morant.

Breaker Morant ‘cleared’ at new trial (NEWS)

Jane Got a Gun
8:30pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Nash Edgerton
What’s it about?
After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane (Portman) reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn’t seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job. Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior).

Piercing
10:20pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Marin Ireland, Wendell Pierce
What’s it about?
After kissing his wife and baby goodbye for a seemingly normal business trip, Reed (Abbott) checks himself into a hotel room to accomplish something he’s always dreamed of: the perfect murder. As his sinister plans unfold, he soon realises he might be in over his head with a mysteriously unhinged call girl named Jackie (Wasikowska).

 

SUNDAY 30 APRIL

Charade
6:25pm

PG, AD
USA, 1963
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Language: English
Director: Stanley Donen
Starring: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Ned Glass
What’s it about?
After Regina Lampert (Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband’s World War II cronies, Tex (Coburn), Scobie (Kennedy) and Gideon (Glass), who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name? Directed by Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain).

Rendition
8:30pm

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep
What’s it about?
Isabella El-Ibrahimi (Witherspoon), the wife of an Egyptian-born engineer, tries desperately to track down her husband after he disappears on an international flight. Meanwhile, a CIA analyst’s (Gyllenhaal) world spins out of control as he witnesses the engineer’s interrogation and torture at the hands of the secret police. Directed by Gavid Hood (Tsotsi).

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Leon: The Professional
10:45pm

MA15+, AD, CC
France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What’s it about?
Léon (Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-silent and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn’t seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer (Oldman), Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family’s killer. From cult director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Nikita).

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MONDAY 1 MAY

The Escape
7:35pm

M, AD
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dominic Savage
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber, Marthe Keller, Montserrat Lombard
What’s it about?
An intimate portrait of a married woman who seemingly has it all. Married young, Tara (Arterton) has all the trappings of a successful life: a comfortable house, a loving but over-worked husband (Cooper), young children and a nice lifestyle. But she is unhappy and yearns for more, something that she is unable to put her finger on.

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A Son
9:30pm

M
France, Lebanon, Qatar, Tunisia, 2020
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Mehdi M. Barsaoui
Starring: Sami Bouajila, Najla Ben Abdallah, Youssef Khemiri, Noomene Hamda, Slah Msaddek
What’s it about?
The holiday to Southern country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year old son Aziz when he is accidentally shot in an ambush. His injury will change their lives as Aziz needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret. Will Aziz and their relationship survive?

 

TUESDAY 2 MAY

The Sound of Silence
6:15pm

M, AD
USA, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Tyburski
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton, Kate Lyn Sheil
What’s it about?
Peter, a successful New York ‘house tuner’, studies the ambient sounds in people’s homes and helps modify them to create a soothing effect for the residents. However, he faces a challenge when nothing seems to work for Ellen, a difficult client.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

After Love
7:50pm

M
UK, 2020
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, English, Urdu, French
Director: Aleem Khan
Starring: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Nasser Memarzia, Talid Ariss, Sudha Bhuchar
What’s it about?
Set in the port town of Dover in the South-East of England, Mary Hussain (Scanlan, in a performance that won her the BAFTA for Best Actress) suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the burial, she discovers he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais.

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Wildland
9:30pm

MA15+
Denmark, 2020
Genre: Crime
Language: Danish
Director: Jeanette Nordahl
Starring: Sandra Guldberg Kampp, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joachim Fjelstrup
What’s it about?
Following a car accident, which kills her mother, 17-year-old Ida moves in with her estranged aunt and her aunt’s grown sons. The home is filled with physical tenderness and love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life.

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