Ai Weiwei The Fake Case

Andreas Johnsen (DK, 2013)

Ai Weiwei The Fake Case (Andreas Johnsen, DK, 2013)

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. Journalists, the art world and his family all want a piece of him and on top of that he is met with a gigantic lawsuit from the Chinese government, soon to be named 'The Fake Case'. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during the 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. Ai Weiwei strongly believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen.


Basic information

Danish titleAi Weiwei The Fake Case
DirectorAndreas Johnsen
Director of PhotographyAndreas Johnsen
EditorAdam Nielsen
AppearancesAi Weiwei (see all)
Danish festival release2013-11-06
Danish theatrical release30.11.2013
Production countryDenmark
Dialogue languageEnglish, Mandarin
Duration86 min.
With support fromDet Danske Filminstitut (film consultant Klara Grunning-Harris), DR (commissioning editor Mette Hoffmann Meyer), Nordisk Film & TV Fond (documentary film consultant Karolina Lidin), Dansk Skuespillerforbund, MEDIA (EU)
Domestic distribution Michau+
International saleDR International Sales / DR Byen / Emil Holms Kanal 20 / DK-0999 København C / t +45 3520 3040 / f +45 3520 3969 / /
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Danish ratingAllowed for all
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Full credits

Andreas JohnsenDirection
Andreas JohnsenExecutive producer
Sigrid Jonsson DyekjærExecutive producer
Eva MulvadExecutive producer
Phie AmboExecutive producer
Mikala KroghExecutive producer
Pernille Rose GrønkjærExecutive producer
Oliver StillingConsultant
Jens ArentzenConsultant
Sun ZhenyuTranslation
Qian XingchenTranslation
Zhao JingTranslation
Peter TaylorTranslation
Chen YanTranslation
Viky ZhuTranslation
Andreas JohnsenCinematographer
Adam NielsenEditor
Rasmus Winther JensenSound design
Visual effects
Neil KellerhouseGraphic design
Sandra KlassColorist
Ai WeiweiAppearance
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Best Documentary Film 2014 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2014
Special Jury Mention 2014 Yangon, Human Rights Film Festival 2014

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
London Nordic Film Festival 26-11-2014
Dublin, Stranger than Fiction. Documentary Festival 25-09-2014
Zürich Film Festival 25-09-2014
Bergen International Film festival 24-09-2014
Message to Man 20-09-2014
Bitola International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers 13-09-2014
Marseille Festival International du Documentaire 01-07-2014
Edinburgh International Film Festival 18-06-2014
Berlin Open Air 17-06-2014
Yangon, Human Rights Film Festival 15-06-2014
Bologna, Biografilm 06-06-2014
Docsbarcelona 29-05-2014
Warszawa, Against Gravity 09-05-2014
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 08-05-2014
München Documentary Festival 07-05-2014
Leuven, Docville 02-05-2014
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 24-04-2014
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 05-04-2014
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 03-04-2014
Hong Kong International Film Festival 24-03-2014
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 20-03-2014
Oslo EuroDoc Film Festival 19-03-2014
Tampere Film Festival 05-03-2014
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 04-03-2014
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 03-03-2014
ZagrebDox 23-02-2014
Berlin, Cinema for Peace 01-02-2014
Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 01-02-2014
Göteborg International Film Festival 24-01-2014
Amsterdam, IDFA 20-11-2013
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Ai Weiwei and director Andreas Johnsen Photo: Ai Weiwei and director Andreas Johnsen
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Ai Weiwei The Fake Case. Ai Weiwei in the swimming pool Photo: Ai Weiwei in the swimming pool
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Ai Weiwei The Fake Case. Ai Weiwei with his son Photo: Ai Weiwei with his son
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Ai Weiwei The Fake Case. Money flyers session Photo: Money flyers session
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Ai Weiwei The Fake Case. Portrait of director Andreas Johnsen Photo: Portrait of director Andreas Johnsen
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Ai Weiwei The Fake Case. Priority still Photo: Ai Weiwei 1. Priority still
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Ai Weiwei. Portrait of producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm. Photo by Kasia Køhler Larsen Photo: Portrait of producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
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DFI News and articles

Denmark in focus at Hot Docs (16. april 2014)
An Inside View (17. februar 2014)
Adam Nielsen, Editor (13. november 2013)
Danish Docs to IDFA (11. oktober 2013)

Reviews and articles

Varia (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Munk Pedersen, 25 March 2015)

Anmeldelse (Kristeligt Dagblad - Schantz Lauridsen, 5 December 2013)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Wendt Jensen, 30 November 2013)

Interview (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Fyhn Christensen, 30 November 2013)

Interview (Politiken - Elmelund, 28 November 2013)

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