Sydney Film Festival has announced the Opening Night Film for this year’s festival will be the Australian premiere of 20,000 Days On Earth.

20,000 Days On Earthis about international cultural icon Nick Cave’s 20,000th day on Earth. It is the first feature-length film by UK visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who take a fascinating approach in this visually astonishing and highly stylised imagination of Cave’s 20,000th Day on Earth, all to a narration by Cave himself. Forsyth and Pollard recently collaborated on a sound installation with Scott Walker as part of Vivid Live 2013.

20,000 Days On Earthwas recently awarded the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary, and the Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2014.

In addition to film-only tickets, a limited number of film and party tickets are also available, which include entry to the Opening Night Film and the afterparty at Keystone’s Bungalow 8.

The full Sydney Film Festival program is announced on Wednesday 7 May at 10am.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday April 10, but flexipasses and subscriptions to Sydney Film Festival 2014 are on sale now via the website.

20,000 Days On Earth willscreen at the State Theatre at 7:30pm on Wednesday June 4.

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