Ai Weiwei's Directing A Film Via Skype
The Chinese government’s worst enemy and one of the world’s most beloved contemporary artists Ai Weiwei is working on a new project in Berlin, from his home in Beijing. What’s fascinating behind Weiwei’s upcoming short film Berlin, I Love You—beyond the fact that it is about his six-year old son, is that Ai Weiwei will be directing the film via Skype. Unable to leave China due to his arrest which resulted in the confiscation of his passport, Ai Wei Wei has not seen his young son Ai Lao, who has been living in Berlin since August. In regards to Weiwei’s confinement, there is no determined date of his release: ‘They have told me that I will be released one day, but it’s still uncertain when.’
Berlin I Love You, is part of a series of ten love stories that take place in the title city, told by an individual group of directors. If this doesn’t sound familiar, try to remember New York, I Love You and Paris, je t’aime—Berlin, I Love You will be the third installment of these saccharine vignettes.
This particular short is being produced by Claus Clausen who will be implementing Weiwei’s instructions in Berlin. In a chat with THR, Clausen describes how it will all work, ‘The shooting will be filmed and screened in real time on big monitors in Berlin on Potsdamer Platz and in Beijing on a little screen in Weiwei’s studio, he sees a wide shot of the set.’
Clausen explains that the project is one, ‘…that exemplifies the belief that love can overcome obstacles.’ It’s a beautiful message, and in Weiwei’s particular story the love is absolutely real. The script is written by Ai Lao’s mother and documentary filmmaker, Wang Fen and will also star German actor, Til Schweiger, best known for his role as Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.
The project’s debut hasn’t been provided just yet, but make sure to keep an eye out for these heart-warming tales.