2023 Upfronts: SBS World Movies – on TV tonight | Episode Movies

SBS has confirmed that major movie titles will be coming to SBS World Movies in 2023.

Benedetta
TX: November 2022 on SBS World Movies*
Set in 17th-century Italy, Benedetta (2021) is a haunting film about ecstatic visions and strange desires, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Charlotte Rampling. Pescia, Tuscany, a young woman (Virginia Efira) capable of performing miracles since childhood enters a convent as a novice. The surrounding plague-stricken community is instantly and irrevocably affected by her powers as she wields her abilities alongside her lover, Bartolomea (Daphne Patakia). Official Cannes Selection

The truth
TX: December 2022 on SBS World Movies*
The Truth (2019) mixes famous gossip and personal stories surrounding a family. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is a famous French cinema actress. As she publishes her memoir, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to Paris from New York with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter in tow. As mother and daughter try to reconnect, scores are settled, secrets are revealed, and love is confessed.

drive my car
TX: January 2023 on SBS World Movies
Drive My Car (2021) is an adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story and haunting road movie about the challenges of love and loss. When Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, mourns the unexpected death of his wife, he receives an offer to direct an Uncle Vanya production in Hiroshima. There, Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman, is hired to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. Oscar for Best International Feature Film Cannes for Best Screenplay

limbo
TX: January 2023 on SBS World Movies
Continuing Wes Anderson’s distinctive visual style, Ben Sharrock’s second feature film Limbo (2020) is an unconventional and poignant story about the refugee experience. This offbeat cross-cultural satire follows a group of refugees stranded on a remote, fictional Scottish island awaiting asylum. Throughout the film, the four men try to balance the hardships of their experiences with their tentative hope. The protagonist of the group is Omar: a talented musician who misses his family in Syria.
Official Cannes Selection

The father
TX: January 2023 on SBS World Movies
The Father (2020) is an Academy Award-winning film about a father (Anthony Hopkins) and daughter (Olivia Colman) as they grapple with a diagnosis of dementia. A man refuses any help from his daughter as he grows older. As he tries to understand his changing circumstances. He soon begins to doubt his loved ones, his own sanity, and even the fabric of his reality. Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor

Six minutes to midnight
TX: January 2023 on SBS World Movies
Six Minutes to Midnight (2020) is a spy thriller based on true events. With Dame Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Jim Broadbent and James D’Arcy. Great Britain, August 15, 1939, just before the start of the Second World War, an English teacher, his camera and twenty German teenagers disappear from a boarding school on the coast. Six days later, British intelligence agent Thomas Miller is scheduled to investigate what happened to them, why and what it might mean in the context of the rapidly approaching conflict between England and Germany.

Portrait of a lady on fire
TX: Early 2023 on SBS World Movies
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) is a masterful meditation on the intimacy of portraiture and love. France, 1760. Marianne (Noemie Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adele Haenel), a young woman who has just left the convent. Being a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. The portrait of Héloïse soon becomes a shared token of love.
Cannes Prize for Best Screenplay

altitude
TX: 2023 on SBS World Movies
Set against the landscapes of 1930s Arnhem Land, High Ground (2020) presents a fictional account of the Gan Gan massacre and the events surrounding it. To save the last of his family, Gutjuk (Jacob Junior Nayinggul) teams up with ex-soldier Travis (Simon Baker) to track down Baywarra (Sean Mununggurr) – the Territory’s most dangerous warrior. As Travis and Gutjuk travel the outback, they earn each other’s trust, but when the truth about Travis’ past exploits emerges, he becomes the hunted.

Minari
TX: 2023 on SBS World Movies
A tender tale of what binds us together, Minari (2020) follows a Korean-American family as they move to a tiny farm in Arkansas in search of their own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and harsh Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience that togetherness offers and what home really is. This semi-autobiographical take on director Lee Isaac Chung’s childhood experiences immerses you in the pitfalls and joys of pursuing American ideals for an immigrant family in the 1980s. Sundance Official Selection Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film

A hero
TX: 2023 on SBS World Movies
From Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi, A Hero (2021) is a contemporary thriller based on true events.
Rahim is in prison for a debt he couldn’t pay back. During a two-day vacation, he tries to persuade his creditor to drop his lawsuit in return for part payment. But things don’t go as planned. Cannes Grand Prix Winner

ema
TX: 2023 on SBS World Movies
Pablo Larraín, one of contemporary cinema’s most exciting and award-winning directors, presents a tale of longing, achievement and family. Ema (2019), starring Gael Garcia Bernal and flashy newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo, follows a couple as they deal with the aftermath of an adoption gone awry. Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival

supernova
TX: 2023 on SBS World Movies
Supernova (2020) is a quiet but powerful love drama that questions what it means to love someone unconditionally. Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanely Tucci) have been together for twenty years. But in the two years since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, her life has changed. Finally, they must confront the question of what it means to love each other in the face of Tusker’s illness.

Lunana: A yak in the classroom
TX: 2023 on SBS World Movies
An aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia.
Oscar nomination for Best International Feature Film

Lingui: The Sacred Bindings
TX: 2023 on SBS World Movies
Amina (Achouackh Abakar), a practicing Muslim, lives with her 15-year-old daughter Maria (Rihane Khalil Alio). When Amina learns that Maria is pregnant and wants to have an abortion, they are faced with an impossible situation in a Chad where abortion is legally and morally condemned. Official Selection Cannes Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival

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