SBS World Movies: The Cost of War

France, Germany, UK, USA, 2020
Genre: War, History, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Clemence Poesy, Matthias Schweighöfer, Géza Röhrig
What’s it about?
Before he becomes known as the world-famous mime Marcel Marceau, aspiring Jewish actor Marcel Mangel (Eisenberg) joins the French Resistance during the war. He agrees to take part in a dangerous mission to save 123 Jewish orphans from the grasp of the Nazis and the ruthless Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie (Schweighöfer) and take them to safety across the border to Switzerland.

A Very Long Engagement

Monday 7 November, 8:30pm on SBS World Movies / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

France, 2004
Genre: War, Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
What’s it about?
As the first World War draws to a close, Mathilde (Tautou) gets word that her fiance Manech (Ulliel) is one of five soldiers who wounded themselves to avoid the trenches; they have been court-martialled and pushed out into the no-man’s land between the French and German armies to almost certain death. Unwilling to accept that Manech is dead, Mathilde embarks on a desperate quest to find him.



Tuesday 8 November, 8:30pm on SBS World Movies / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

Russia, 2013
Genre: War, Action, Drama
Language: German, Russian
Director: Fyodor Bondarchuk
Starring: Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina, Philippe Reinhardt, Heiner Lauterbach
What’s it about?
Set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favour of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on the Nazi forces that occupy half of Stalingrad on the other side of the Volga, but the operation to cross the river is unsuccessful. A few soldiers who managed to get to the other side take refuge in a house on the bank of Volga. Here they find a girl who didn’t escape when the Germans came. 


The Wall

Wednesday 9 November, 8:30pm on SBS World Movies / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

USA, 2017
Genre: War, Thriller, Drama
Language: English
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli
What’s it about?
This tense psychological thriller follows two American soldiers ((Taylor-Johnson, Cena) pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



Thursday 10 November, 8:30pm on SBS World Movies / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

UK, 2001
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Romance, War
Language: German, English
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet, Saffron Burrows, Jeremy Northam, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
What’s it about?
During World War Two, the British authorities discover that Nazi U-boats have unexpectedly changed the code of their Enigma machines – thus endangering the lives of thousands of Allied sailors. They enlist the help of Tom Jericho (Scott), a brilliant young code breaker. But Tom also needs to solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves (Winslet), who is suspected of being a spy. Directed by Michael Apted (the Up series) and adapted by Tom Stoppard from Robert Harris’ novel of the same name.


Act of Valour

Friday 11 November, 8:30pm on SBS World Movies / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

USA, 2012
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Scott Waugh, Mike McCoy
Starring: Roselyn Sánchez, Drea Castro, Raul Canizales II, Kenny Calderon, Jeffrey Barnachea
What’s it about?
A look into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plotagainst the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.


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