Home' Sydney Film Festival Program : Program 2014 Contents 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
WED 4 JUN 7:30 PM STATE -- OPENING NIGHT
SUN 8 JUN 4:00 PM STATE
UK | 2013 | 95 mins | In English | Australian Premiere
Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard | Screenwriters: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Nick Cave | Producers: James
Wilson, Dan Bowen | Distributor: Madman Entertainment
Drama and reality collide in this extraordinary portrait of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. Artists
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard take a fascinating approach in this visually astonishing and highly stylised
imagination of Cave's 20,000th day on earth, all set to a sparkling narration by Cave himself. Through
his visits to his archive, and a long and revealing session with his therapist, a picture of the artist, his
origins, and his creative process is beautifully drawn. The filmmakers also follow Cave into the studio
as he writes and records his hit album Push the Sky Away. Along the way, we witness fascinating
and humorous conversations between Cave and his friends and collaborators like Kylie Minogue,
Ray Winstone, Blixa Bargeld and Warren Ellis. Capturing Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds live at the
Sydney Opera House helps reveal the massive impact Cave has and the deep devotion he inspires.
Imaginative, intimate, daring and defying easy categorisation, 20,000 Days on Earth is not just a
scintillating portrait of a visionary artist, but a tremendous work of art in itself.
Filmmaker guests: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
IAIN FORSYTH & JANE POLLARD have worked together as artists since the mid-1990s.
They are known for pioneering the use of reenactment within contemporary art, and their
work has been collected by museums and institutions worldwide. Performance and music are
significant in their work, including a sound installation with Scott Walker at Sydney Opera House,
and their ongoing collaboration with Nick Cave. 20,000 Days on Earth is their debut feature.
BLACK COAL, THIN ICE
BAI RI YAN HUO
WED 11 JUN 6:00 PM STATE
THU 12 JUN 2:35 PM EV4
China, Hong Kong | 2014 | 106 mins | In Mandarin with English subtitles | Australian Premiere
Director, Screenwriter: Diao Yinan | Producers: Qu Vivian, Wan Juan, Shen Yang, Zhang Dajun | Cast: Liao Fan,
Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing | World Sales: Fortissimo Films
Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, this film noir is a stylish and exhilarating look at a
police investigation in contemporary China. Following a mysterious killing in a small town in the
industrial north, a police investigation uncovers multiple suspects but the case ends in tatters
when police officers are killed and wounded in the course of the investigation. Forced to retire,
injured officer Zhang Zili (Liao Fan) takes on a demeaning job as a security guard and drowns his
sorrows. Years later, a series of uncannily similar murders come to light, and Zhang sets about
solving the mystery which is centred around a beautiful woman. Director Diao Yinan has cited
John Huston, David Lynch and the Coen Brothers as influences on the film, and this paired with a
gritty Chinese milieu makes for a potent combination. With astonishing setpieces at the start and
the end of the film, and a complex performance from Liao, which earned him the Best Actor prize
in Berlin, Black Coal, Thin Ice is both powerful and memorable.
Filmmaker guest: Diao Yinan
DIAO YINAN is a leading writer/director in China's avant-garde theatre. His debut
feature, Uniform, won the Dragons & Tigers Award at Vancouver International Film
Festival. In 2007, his second film, Night Train, premiered in Un Certain Regard at
The Sydney Film Prize is the pinnacle of the competitive awards at Sydney Film Festival each year, presented
in recognition of the most courageous, audacious and cutting-edge new cinematic creations from around the
world. The Official Competition celebrates that rare but thrilling kind of film that truly moves the art form forward.
Innovative, provocative or controversial, they broaden our understanding of the world and say important things
in original ways. The previous Sydney Film Prize winners are: Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation
(2011), which went on to win an Academy Award; Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).
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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2014
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