This summer, indulge in a month-long fling with the most scandalous films from around the globe. Every night this January, World Movies Summer of Sin will be heating up your screen with the sexiest secrets in cinema.
Friday 1 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
Love (2015, Belgium)
Over the course of an endless rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone in his apartment, reminiscing about the greatest love affair of his life, his two years with Electra – a burning passion full of promises, games, excesses and mistakes.
Saturday 2 January 8.30pm
Novo (2002, France)
The women in Graham’s life decide to use his terminal memory loss to their sexual advantage! A lusty homage to Memento, with a sexy Spanish twist, and a gorgeous cast.
Sunday 3 January 8.30pm
The Blonde With The Bare Breasts (France, 2010)
Two brothers supplement their income with petty theft. However, their criminal lives take a turn into the big leagues when they are talked into stealing a valuable painting.
Monday 4 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
The Duke Of Burgundy (2014, United Kingdom)
Day after day, Cynthia and Evelyn act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn’s punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn’s obsession with erotica quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to breaking point.
Tuesday 5 January 8.30pm
Betty Blue (1986, France)
Director’s cut of the electrifying cult classic. Desire blinds a man to Betty’s stormy destruction. Nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Stars Beatrice Dalle.
Wednesday 6 January 8.30pm
Lie With Me (2005, Canada)
Leila’s appetite for men is challenged when she meets sexy young artist David, who is looking for commitment. They embark on a passionate affair and soon become hopelessly entangled in each other.
Thursday 7 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
Homesick (2015, Norway)
Effervescent Charlotte leads a comfortable life, but aches for an affection she feels her cold mother and ailing alcoholic father have never offered. Bedevilled by shared demons, Charlotte and her half-brother find comfort with each other. This shared yearning brings the two closer and closer together, until they are finally tempted to violate one of humanity’s oldest taboos.
Friday 8 January 8.30pm
Intimate Parts (2013, Russia)
How intimate are our lives behind closed doors? This controversial-yet-honest film explores the relationship between the public and private spheres of sexuality in contemporary, urbanite Moscow.
Saturday 9 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
Welcome To New York (2014, France, USA,)
A sex-addicted French financier, a fateful hotel room encounter, and a scandal that would rock the world: the mighty Gérard Depardieu gives a fearless performance in this ripped-from-the-headlines saga of sin and sleaze from boundary-pushing director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant).
Sunday 10 January 8.30pm
Eva Braun (2014, Italy)
Inspired by the actual sex scandals in the Italian Parliament and from the 120 Days of Sodoma by Marquis De Sade, this film takes a grotesque journey through power, sex and the people who’d do anything to be successful.
Monday 11 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
Blind (2013, Norway)
Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home – a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid’s real problems lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.
Tuesday 12 January 8.30pm
A Real Young Girl (1976, France)
Catherine Breillat’s controversial exploration of a teenage girl’s sexuality, based on her own novel, centres on Alice, a precocious 1960’s teen that explores her sexuality while lusting after a sawmill worker.
Wednesday 13 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
After Eden (2015, Canada)
Eve is a successful adult film performer whose daily routine consists of feigning youthful innocence to please her invisible audience. Adam is a reclusive university student with an obsession for media and a fixation on Eve. After he tracks her down in the real world, he becomes her anonymous follower – until he finds the courage to connect in person.
Thursday 14 January 8.30pm
Naked Ambition (2014, Hong Kong)
When some buddies from Hong Kong decide to finance a pornographic video production in Japan, it all seems so easy – until their male lead quits on the first day forcing one of them to take his place.
Friday 15 January 8.30pm
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2012, Canada)
To win back his ex-girlfriend, a conservative accountant enlists an exotic dancer to help guide him on a quest of sexual experience, leading him into a world of strip clubs, massage parlours, cross-dressing and S&M.
Saturday 16 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
The Smell Of Us (2014, France)
Legendary director and photographer Larry Clark (KIDS) leaves behind the suburbs of America for the streets of Paris, discovering that teen alienation works the same no matter where you are – with absurd, brutal and always explicit consequences.
Sunday 17 January 8.30pm
The Story Of O (1975, Germany)
A young fashion photographer known only as O surrenders herself at a remote ch√¢teau at her lover’s request, where she is immediately subjected to a round-the-clock regimen of sadomasochistic rituals.
Monday 18 January 8.30pm
Arabian Nights (1975, France)
Pier Paolo Pasolini travelled to Africa, India, and the Middle East to realise this ambitious cinematic treatment of a selection of stories from the legendary The Thousand and One Nights
Tuesday 19 January 8.30pm (Australian Television Premiere)
Young & Beautiful (2014, France)
Acclaimed director Fran√ßois Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts.
Wednesday 20 January 8.30pm
Leap Year (2010, Mexico)
Laura lives in Mexico City where her life consists of one affair after another until she embarks on an intense sexual relationship with Arturo. The 2010 Camera d’Or winner from Australian director Michael Rowe.
Thursday 21 January 8.30pm
Canterbury Tales (1971, Italy)
Eight of Geoffrey Chaucer’s lusty tales come to life on-screen in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s gutsy and delirious masterpiece, which was shot in England and offers a remarkably earthy re-creation of the medieval era.
Friday 22 January 8.30pm
Enter The Void (2009, Canada)
Gaspar Noe’s follow up to the controversial Irreversible premiered at Cannes 2009, shows the underside of Tokyo through the eyes of two young tourists working as a stripper and a drug dealer.
Saturday 23 January 8.30pm
Sex and Lucia (2001, Spain)
Reality and fantasy blur in this erotic exploration of love and loss. Paz Vega gives a sultry performance as Lucia, a Madrid waitress who retreats to a Mediterranean island to confront her grief.
Saturday 24 January 8.30pm
Panama (2015, Serbia)
Jovan starts dating Maja casually, no strings attached. But overtime, her mysterious and shady behaviour begins to disturb him. Jovan starts to follow videos and clues over social networks that hint at Maja’s parallel life.
Monday 25 January 8.30pm
9 Songs (2004, United Kingdom)
Michael Winterbottom’s sexually explicit feature follows the sexual passion of a new couple over a period of several months as the inevitable stages of their relationship unfolds in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs.
Tuesday 26 January 8.30pm
The ABC of Love and Sex (1978, Australia)
This Aussie exploitation film is a witty, tongue-in-cheek sex education documentary that covers a different subject over 26 sequences, each based on a letter of the alphabet. This is the holy grail of true-blue retro skinema.
Wednesday 27 January 8.30pm
Sex Is Comedy (2002, France)
A director attempts to shoot a sensitive love scene involving two actors who hate each other, but she is determined to get the scene right without compromise. Directed by Catherine Breillat and inspired by her own experiences.
Thursday 28 January 8.30pm
In The Cut (2003, USA)
In the underbelly of lower Manhattan, Frannie Avery (Meg Ryan), a reserved English professor, becomes obsessed after seeing more than she should of an impassioned couple. After the young woman turns up dead, Frannie is questioned by a homicide detective (Mark Ruffalo) who draws her into a liberating but disturbing erotic encounter.
Friday 29 January 8.30pm
R100 (2013, Japan)
A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrixes ‚Äî each with a very special talent ‚Äî in this hilarious and bizarre Japanese comedy.
Saturday 30 January 8.30pm
3some (2009, Spain)
An art student surprises his classmate and fellow artist by unexpectedly keeping the portrait he has painted of her. The turn of events continues into a seductive, passionate love triangle with a third student.
Sunday 31 January 8.30pm
Don Jon (2013, USA)
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a good old-fashioned guy whose buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to score a different woman every weekend. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a good old-fashioned girl, determined to find her Prince Charming. Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.