The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg
by Michael Schindhelm, Switzerland, China, Germany 2016, 93'
PHOTOGRAPHY: Filip Zumbrunn   MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN: Feng Mengbo, Peter Bräker
EDITING: Marina Wernli   PRODUCER: Marcel Hoehn
SOUND: Dieter Meyer   LANGUAGE: German, Chinese, English

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2016
Uli Sigg, a well-known Swiss art entrepreneur and an ex-ambassador to China, Mongolia and North Korea, has had major influence on Chinese economic policy over the last forty years. Since the years of his diplomatic activity, he has understood the extraordinary novelty of the new generation of Chinese artists of the 1990s. Serving as a mediator for Ai Weiwei, Zeng Fanzhi and Cao Fei, he becomes one of the first and most influential Western collectors, convinced that "creativity is a country’s only inexhaustible resource." Michael Schindhelm’s film (Lo schermo dell’arte presented his documentary Bird's Nest, about Herzog & de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium in Beijing, in 2008), provides interesting insight into contemporary China. The camera takes us on a visit to the ateliers of artists (including Ai Weiwei, Wang Guangyi, Fang Lijun), records the lively karaoke bar scene, and moves on to the site of the new project for M +, a museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which will open in 2019 in Hong Kong, to which Sigg has sold most of the contemporary Chinese art works in his collection.
Michael Schindhelm
Michael Schindhelm (1960) lives in Ticino and London. In 1979 he studied at the International University of Voronezh (USSR) and graduated in 1984 in Quantum Chemistry. He works as a writer, librettist and documentary maker. He has worked as a television presenter (Der Salon, Swiss TV) and has translated into German works by Gogol, Chekhov and Mandelstam; he has published seven books since 2000. In 2003 he shot the documentary Lied von der Steppe in the Gobi Desert, in collaboration with Jörg Jeshel. From 2003 to 2008 he made the film Bird's Nest about the making of the Beijing National Stadium in collaboration with Christoph Schaub.
Selected Filmography
2016 The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg 2008 Bird’s Nest 2003 Lied von der Steppe  

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