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All the 2023 Sony Pictures Classics Releases

Sony Pictures Classics is a division of Sony Pictures that distributes movies that might otherwise be overlooked in a world that prioritizes big-money blockbusters. The distributor primarily distributes independent narrative and documentary films. 

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The 2023 line-up illuminates how the independent movie world during and shortly after Covid. This year’s movies are a balanced juxtaposition: live action and animation, dance and theatre, international and domestic, lighthearted comedy and serious drama, freedom and captivity, and present and past. 

Movies by Month


Carmen is forced to leave her home in Mexico following the murder of her mother, and she escapes to the United States where she meets a man who is trying to move forward in his life. The movie incorporates dance styles from flamenco to krumping (with a lot of ballet) to tell their love story.

Release Date: May 12, 2023  Director: Benjamin Millepied  

Cast: Reda Kateb, Gana Bayarsaikhan, and Rebecca Hall

It Ain’t Over

The Miracle Club

Strange Way of Life

After 25 years, Silva rides a horse across the desert to visit his friend Sheriff Jake. They celebrate the meeting, but the next morning, Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their friendship. The movie runs approximately 30 minutes, making it a short film.

Release Date: October 6, 2023  Director: Daniel Sánchez Aréval  

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Pedro Pascal, José Condessa 


The Persian Version


They Shot the Piano Player

A Little Prayer

The Teachers’ Lounge

Carla Nowak, a dedicated sports and math teacher, starts her first job at a high school. She stands out among the new staff because of her idealism. When a series of thefts occur at the school and one of her students is suspected, she decides to get to the bottom of the matter on her own.

Carla tries to mediate between outraged parents, opinionated colleagues and aggressive students, but is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. The more desperately she tries to do everything right, the more the young teacher threatens to break.

The Teachers’ Lounge is a German-language film that is alternatively titled Das Lehrerzimmer

Release Date: November 2, 2023  Director: Ilker Çatak

Cast: Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachowiak

Freud’s Last Session

On the eve of the Second World War, two of the greatest minds on the twentieth century, C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud converge for their own personal battle over the existence of God. Freud’s Last Session interweaves the lives of Freud and Lewis, past, present, and through fantasy, bursting from the confines of Freud’s study on a dynamic journey. 

Release Date: May 12, 2023  Director: Matt Brown

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Goode, Liv Lisa Fries