Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to the documentary “20,000 Days On Earth,” featuring musician Nick Cave.
Drafthouse made the deal with Hanway Films two weeks after “20,000 Days” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the directing and editing awards in the World Cinema Documentary category. The film is making its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
“20,000 Days” is the debut directorial feature film by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and is set to an original score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It’s a Pulse Films / JW Films production, produced by James Wilson and Dan Bowen with the support of Film4, Corniche Pictures and the BFI.
Drafthouse is planning a theatrical release for later this year.
The film is an exploration of the artistic process as Forsyth and Pollard filmed the early stages of Cave writing his 2013 album “Push The Sky Away” with the directors structuring the film around a fictional narrative of his 20,000th day.
Rob Nelson said in his review for Variety that the film is “simply astounding, razor sharp, dynamic.”
The deal was negotiated by Tim League and James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Thorsten Schumacher at Hanway Films on behalf of the producers.