SBS World Movies Highlights: February 14-20 | Cinema News

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  • Audio description (AD) available for Last Chance Harvey, The face of love, A girl with an earring, On Chesil Beach, find your feet, teen spirit, Dancing at Lughnasa, The old man and the gun and Family
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Last Chance Harvey, On Chesil Beach, find your feet, Dancing at Lughnasa, The old man and the gun and the whistler

MONDAY FEBRUARY 14

Last Chance Harvey
6:50 p.m.

LW, AD, CC
United States, 2009
Kind: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joel Hopkins
With : Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, James Brolin
What is it about?
Harvey (Hoffman), a struggling New York jingle writer, and Kate (Thompson), a lonely British bureaucrat, meet by chance in London at a wedding and transform each other’s lives. Kate, for reasons that become clear, refuses to commit to a relationship; she lives in London, he’s based in New York, so how can they turn this into anything other than a fun interlude?

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The face of love
8:50 p.m.

CRAZY
United States, 2013
Kind: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Arie Posin
With : Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams
What is it about?
Lonely widow Nikki (Bening) strikes up a romance with art teacher Tom (Harris), who bears an uncanny resemblance to her late husband Garret (also played by Harris). She doesn’t tell him about the lookalike, or her friends and family, which begins to strain her new relationship.

TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY

little men
6:55 p.m.

PG
United States, 2016
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ira Sachs
With : Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Paulina Garcia, Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina
What is it about?
Jake (Taplitz) is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler who dreams of being an artist. He meets the affable Tony (Barbieri) at his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely couple soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put in jeopardy, however, when a dispute over rent between Jake’s father, Brian (Kinnear), and Tony’s mother, Leonor (García), threatens to become contentious. By Ira Sachs, screenwriter and director of love is strange and Keep the lights on.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

First love
8:30 p.m.

MA15+
Japan, 2019
Kind: Crime, Action
Language: Japanese
Director: Takashi Miike
With : Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shota Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky
What is it about?
During a night in Tokyo, we follow Leo (Kubota), a young boxer out of luck, as he meets Monica (Konishi), a call girl. Little does Leo know, Monica is unwittingly caught up in a drug smuggling scheme, and the two are chased all night by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads. Their fates intertwine in dramatic style, from director Takashi Miike (Hearing, 13 Assassins).

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16

a girl with an earring
6:40 p.m.

PG, AD
UK, 2003
Kind: Drama, Romance, Biography
Language: English
Director: Peter Webber
With : Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Essie Davis, Cillain Murphy
What is it about?
Griet (Johansson), the young daughter of a poor 17th-century Delft family, is sent to work as a maid for the family of painter Johannes Vermeer (Firth), who lives by getting painting commissions from her patron, Van Ruijven (Wilkinson). Griet’s arrival begins to upset the emotional balance of the family, and when Van Ruijven secretly asks Vermeer to paint his portrait for his private and very personal collection, Vermeer is inspired – but knows how much his pregnant wife, Catharina (Davis), take this.

On Chesil Beach
8:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
United Kingdom, 2018
Kind: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Dominique Cooke
With : Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson
What is it about?
It’s the summer of 1962, and England is still a year away from huge social change – Beatlemania, the sexual revolution and the Swinging Sixties. We first meet Florence (Ronan) and Edward (Howle), a young couple in their early twenties, on their wedding day. Now on their honeymoon, they have dinner in their room at a quiet, stuffy hotel near Chesil Beach in Dorset, where one of them makes a major decision that will completely change both of their lives forever. Based on the short story by Ian McEwan.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17

cutthroat island
6:15 p.m.

PG
United States, 1995
Kind: Action, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Renny Harlin
With : Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin
What is it about?
Morgan Adams (Davis) and his slave, William Shaw (Modine), are on a quest to recover the three parts of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the last part is owned by his murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew are skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made even more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to put an end to its pirate raids.

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find your feet
8:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
United Kingdom, 2017
Kind: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
Language: English
Director: Richard Loncraine
With : Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman
What is it about?
Sandra’s (Staunton) life is transformed when she flees her broken marriage to stay with her bohemian sister Bif (Imrie) in London. In an effort to cheer Sandra up, Bif drags her into a community dance class, where little by little, the colorful, defiant, and energetic group shows Sandra that it’s never too late to start over.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18

teen spirit
6:50 p.m.

PG, AD
UK, USA, 2019
Kind: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Max Minghella
With : Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Agnieszka Grochowska, Zlatko Buric, Millie Brady
What is it about?
Violet (Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion for singing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent, and ambition. Carried by a pop soundtrack, teen spirit is a visceral and elegant take on the Cinderella story.

Dancing at Lughnasa
8:30 p.m.

LW, AD, CC
Ireland, UK, 1998
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Pat O’Connor
With : Meryl Streep, Catherine McCormack, Brid Brennan, Kathy Burke, Sophie Thompson
What is it about?
Kate Mundy (Streep) is the eldest of five sisters living together in a small house in Ireland in 1936. The only one with a steady job, Kate oversees the various conflicting personalities. Although neither of the women are married, Christina (McCormack) has a young son named Michael. The house is fine in its own way, but after the arrival of the sisters’ senile brother, Jack (Gambon), and then Michael’s father, Gerry (Ifans), things are unlikely to stay the same.

The royal bride
10:15 p.m.

M
Vietnam, 2020
Kind: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Bao Nhan, Namcito
With : Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Lê Xuân Tiền, Hồng Vân, Thùy Anh, Jun Vũ, Le Khanh
What is it about?
Outrageous TV host Quyen (Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc) travels to her fiancé’s hometown in hopes of uncovering a mysterious showbiz secret. But she might find more than she bargained for.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19

Kundun
6:00 p.m.

PG
United States, Monaco, Morocco, 1997
Kind: Biography, Drama
Language: English, Tibetan, Mandarin
Director: Martin Scoresese
With : Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
What is it about?
In 1937, a two-year-old boy from a simple family was recognized as Kundun, the fourteenth reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the monk-educated spiritual and political leader of Tibet. The film traces his extraordinary growth into a figure who brings global awareness to the Buddhist spirit society, the plight of Tibet, and the suffering endured by its people with indescribable grace and dignity. From legendary director Martin Scorsese.

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The old man and the gun
8:30 p.m.

M, AD, CC
United States, 2018
Kind: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Bassey
With : Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits
What is it about?
The true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), from his daring escape from San Quentin at age 70 to an unprecedented series of burglaries that baffled authorities and enchanted audiences. Wrapped up in the chase are a detective, who becomes captivated by Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him despite his chosen profession.

the whistler
10:15 p.m.

MA15+, DC
United States, 2010
Kind: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Larysa Kondracki
With : Rachel Weisz, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Laurence Fishburne, Benedict Cumberbatch
What is it about?
Kathryn Bolkovac (Weisz), a police officer from Nebraska, accepts a well-paying UN peacekeeping position in UN-regulated Bosnia. Working for a private contractor, the International Police Task Force is tasked with training local law enforcement to restore order in the war-torn country. As she begins to understand the terrain in her new surroundings, Kathryn begins to see the signs of a shocking underground human sex trafficking industry, whose patrons are not just the company but the UN itself. .

SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Mission Mangal
6:10 p.m.

PG
India, 2019
Kind: Drama, History
Language: Hindi
Director: Jagan Shakti
With : Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari
What is it about?
Based on a true story of a team of Indian scientists from ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) who take on the extraordinary task of successfully sending a satellite into orbit of the planet Mars in the first attempt at a country.

Family
8:30 p.m.

MA15+, AD
United States, 2013
Kind: The comedy
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
With : Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo, Tommy Lee Jones
What is it about?
After exposing the mob, a mob boss (De Niro) and his family enter the witness protection program and move to a sleepy town in France, but their insistence on resorting to their old ways puts them in danger in the face of vengeful friends.

Source code
8:30 p.m.

M
United States, 2011
Kind: Science fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Duncan Jones
With : Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeffrey Wright, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
What is it about?
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of a stranger, he finds he’s part of a mission to find the Chicago commuter train bomber. In a mission he has never known, he learns that he is part of a government experiment called “Source Code”, a program that allows him to cross the identity of another man during the last eight minutes of his life. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon).

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