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THE CHINESE LIVES OF ULI SIGG

Michael Schindhelm
CH 2016    52' 93'
⚬ Arts & Culture 

Synopsis

The Swiss entrepreneur and world famous arts collector Uli Sigg went to China in 1979, when he negotiated the first joint venture between China and western business. He also established the world’s most significant collection of contemporary Chinese art. "However famous I become, he (Sigg) is the maker." says Ai Wei Wei in the films opening scene. The majority of this collection (estimated worth tens of millions) will be transferred to Hong Kong's M+ museum, due to open in 2019.

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Director

Michael Schindhelm

Producer

Marcel Hoehn

Production Company

T&C Film AG

Cinematography

Filip Zumbrunn

Editor

Marina Wernli

Music & Sound Design

Feng Mengbo, Peter Bräker

Sound

Dieter Meyer

Festivals

Festival del Film Locarno 2016

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2017

Film Details

Runtimes 52' 93'
Spoken Languages Swiss German, German, English, Mandarin
Production Countries Switzerland

Biography

Michael Schindhelm was born in 1960 in Eisenbach, Germany. He’s a writer, filmmaker, performing arts expert and cultural advisor for international organisations. In 1979 he studied at the International University of Voronezh (USSR) and in 1984 graduated with a Master of Science in Quantum Chemistry (cum laude). From 1984 to 1986 he started his work as assistant professor for the "Zentralinstitut für physikalische Chemie" at the East Berlin Academy of Science. His previous films include BIRD’S NEST – HERZOG & DE MEURON IN CHINA (2008) and CHANTS OF THE STEPPES (2004).

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