Titane (2021)

Sacreblue! x SBS: The October Selection

Here is our October selection of SBS French thriller and horror films for a special francophone spooky season!

Written by Sacreblue!

26 Oct 2023

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Sacreblue! x SBS
The October Selection

Every month, Sacreblue! highlights some francophone films from the SBS catalogue.
These movies will be available for the whole month for free on SBS On Demand.

Here is our October selection, enjoy a selection of French thriller and horror films for a special francophone spooky season!


Titane (2021)

Director: Julia Ducournau
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, Laïs Salameh, Bertrand Bonello, Dominique Frot, Mara Cisse, Marin Judas, Diong-Kéba Tacu, Myriem Akeddiou, Céline Carrère

A woman with a titanium plate fitted in her head and murderous intent on her mind embarks on a bizarre journey of identity and unconditional love when she’s forced to go on the run.

Called “the most shocking film of 2021”  by  BBC’s Nicholas Barber in his review for Variety magazine, Titane had its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and received the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top award. Ducournau is the second female director to win the award after Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano. The film also screened in New York, London and Toronto and won the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film Festival.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Evolution (2015)

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Cast: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Mathieu Goldfeld, Nissim Renard, Pablo-Noé Etienne, Nathalie Legosle, Chantal Aimée

Nicholas is a sickly young boy living on an island populated solely by women and other boys. The boys undergo strange medical procedures and Nicholas suspects that he is being lied to and sets out, with help from a young nurse, to discover what the women secretly do at night…

Winner of the Best Cinematography award at both the San Sebastián and Stockholm International Film Festivals, Evolution has been described by the Hollywood Reporter as “A trippy visual feast and a mesmerizing experience.”

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Climax (2018)

Director: Gaspar Noé
Cast: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude Gajan Maull, Giselle Palmer, Taylor Kastle, Thea Carla Schott

In the winter of 1996, a professional French dance troupe, led by manager Emmanuelle and choreographer Selva, gathers in a rural, abandoned school to rehearse an upcoming performance. After succeeding in completing the elaborate closing piece of the dance, the group commence a celebratory after-party. Mysterious seemingly drug-laced alcohol causes their jubilant rehearsal to descend into a dark and explosive nightmare as they try to survive the night before it’s too late.

The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, screening in the Directors’ Fortnight section where it won the Art Cinema Award.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.

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