Sacreblue! x SBS: The September Selection

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29 Sep 2023

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Sacreblue! x SBS
The September 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 September selection, enjoy these adventure-filled tales to put a pep into your step as we head into Spring.


Twist à Bamako / Mali Twist (2021)

Director: Robert Guédiguian
Cast: Stéphane Bak, Alice Da Luz, Saabo Balde, Bakary Diombera, Ahmed Dramé, Diouc Koma, Miveck Packa, Issaka Sawadogo, Youssouf Djaoro, Abdoulaye Diakhaté

Mali Twist is a historical drama set in 1962 Mali, shortly after the proclamation of the country’s independence. The film centres around the unlikely love story of Samba, a yound socialist revolutionary, and Lara who has just escaped a forced marriage, as they navigate the political turmoil of a changing society.

The film featured in the Valladolid International Film Week and at the 2022 Alliance Française French Film Festival.


Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Police / Night Shift (2020)

Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Virginie Efira, Omar Sy, Grégory Gadebois, Peyman Moaadi, Elisa Lasowski, Emmanuel Barrouyer, Anne-Pascale Clairembourg, Anne-Gaëlle Jourdain, Cécile Rebboah, Cédric Vieira, Thierry Levaret, Aurore Broutin, Tadrina Hocking, Gwenaël Clause, Damien Abysique

Adaptated from the 2016 novel Police by Hugo Boris, three Parisian police officers are tasked with escorting an illegal immigrant from Tajikistan who is subject to deportation from France. The officers face an ethical dilemma when they are confronted with the reality that their prisoner will likely be killed upon return to his home country.

The film had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


The Big Blue / Le Grand Bleu (1988)

Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Paul Shenar, Griffin Dunne, Sergio Castellitto, Marc Duret, Jean Bouise

The Big Blue is a fictionalised story exploring the friendship and sporting rivalry between two leading contemporary champion free-divers in the 20th-century; Jacques Mayol and Enzoe Maiorca and Mayol’s straiend relationship with his girlfriend, caught between his yearning for the deep and his love for her.

The film became one of France’s most commercially successful films, it has been described by film historian Rémi Lanzoni as “one of the most significant cult movies of the 1980s” and as creating a “Big Blue generation”.

The Big Blue was nominated for several César awards and won the César awards for Best Music Written for a Film (Éric Serra) and Best Sound in 1989. The film also won France’s National Academy of Cinema’s Academy Award in 1989.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


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