You are cordially invited to see a new daring documentary about the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, premiering in New York’s IFC CENTER on May 16th!
AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE
a documentary by Andreas Johnsen
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US premiere May 16th at NYC’s IFC Center
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A LIFE LIVED IN SILENCE IS NOT A LIFE.
Named Best Documentary of 2014 by the Danish Film Critics’ Association
After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss, 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and home, police agents follow his every move, and heavy restrictions from the Kafkaesque Chinese authorities weigh him down. Picking up where Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry left off, AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE is more explicitly political, reflecting Ai’s battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during his year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights and free expression. The film also features the creation of S.A.C.R.E.D., a new work depicting Ai’s time in prison, which premiered during the Venice Biennale and is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum.
“POWERFUL. MOVING. ABSORBING. The world’s press turns off their cameras, but it is here that Andreas Johnsen’s film begins. FASCINATING.”- Mark Adams, Screen
“Picks up where Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry left off, serving as not just an update, but an EVEN MORE GALVANIZING call for reform. Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“INTIMATE. TOPICAL.”- Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
San Francisco, CA – Starts 5/23 at Landmark Opera Plaza
Berkeley, CA – Starts 5/23 at Landmark Shattuck
Santa Fe, NM – Starts 5/23 at Contemporary Arts Center
Los Angeles, CA – Starts 6/6 at Laemmle Royal
Portland, OR – Starts 6/6 at Northwest Film Forum
Chicago, IL – Starts 6/13 at Gene Siskel Film Center
Miami, FL – Starts 6/27 at O Cinema