Antenna Documentary Film Festival Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus
19 February 2024
In the Playhouse
Australian Premiere | Japan | 2023 | Japanese | Documentary, Music
The Australian Premiere Screening of Sakamoto’s last performance, a concert film featuring just him and his piano playing for the last time. A celebration of an artist’s life in the purest sense, this is the definitive swan song of the beloved maestro. Directed by Neo Sora.
|Monday 19 February 2024
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8am, Thursday 11 January 2024
The duration of this event is 150 minutes, inclusive of short interval. This is inclusive of 30 minute closing ceremony followed by 103 minutes film.
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This film is exempt from classification and suitable for all ages.
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Performing for the very last time
In the time leading up to his death in 2023, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto performed 20 selections from his vast body of work. During the years he suffered from cancer, Sakamoto could no longer perform live. Despite this, he mustered all of his energy to leave the world with one final performance – featuring just him and his piano. Curated by Sakamoto himself, the selection, spanning his entire career, includes beloved film soundtracks like The Sheltering Sky, The Last Emperor, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Captured with precision and poetry by his son, director Neo Sora, Sakamoto bares his soul through his music, aware that this might be his final opportunity to present his art. A celebration of an artist’s life in the purest sense, Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus is the definitive swan song of the beloved maestro.
This screening commences with the closing ceremony of Antenna Documentary Film Festival 2024.
Sydney Opera House and Antenna Documentary Film Festival Present
Cast and credits
Director Neo Sora
Starring Ryuichi Sakamoto
Antenna Film Festival Bio
Antenna, established in 2011, is an annual documentary film festival with the mission to promote, celebrate, and champion creative documentary cinema as one of the most exciting means by which audiences can connect to the contemporary world.
Each year, the Antenna team searches the globe for the latest documentaries and handpicks 50 outstanding nonfiction works. Antenna believes in the transformative potential of documentary and presents a program that introduces audiences to the endless possibilities of the genre, with films that surprise them, spark their imagination, and expand their world-views.
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