SUMMER FREE SCREENING:  (Please click here to register your seats in advance.)  

Tuesday, June 13th, 6:00 PM @ Alliance Française de Chicago (54 W Chicago Ave)

MIDWEST PREMIERE 

THE CHINESE LIVES OF ULI SIGG {In Swiss German or Mandarin with English Subtitles)

Directed by Michael Schindhelm from Switzerland

Presented in association with the Embassy of Switzerland (USA); supported in part by the Swiss Benevolent Society of Chicago with venue hosted by: Alliance Française de Chicago

Film Source: Icarus Films, New York

Switzerland | 2016 | 91 Minutes | Genre: Documentary | Blu Ray

5:30 PM Doors open for registration
6:00 PM Opening Remarks by Joerg Oberschmied, Honorary Consul and Sophia Wong Boccio, Founder & Executive Director of Sophia's Choice. 
6:10 PM Film to start

7:45 PM - 9 PM Post-screening Wine & Cheese Reception (Courtesy of the Embassy of Switzerland in the USA. 

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Synopsis:  When Swiss elevator company representative Uli Sigg first went to China, fine art was far from his mind.  But when he turned his attention to work of contemporary Chinese artists, however, Sigg changed his life, theirs, and the international art scene in the process.  The film documents the work of diplomat and collector Uli Sigg in championing contemporary Chinese artists. It features interviews with leading contemporary artists including Cao Chong'en, Cao Fei, Fang Lijun, Feng Mengbo, Shao Fan, Wang Guangyi, Ai Weiwei and Zeng Fanzhi.

Directed by art historian and scholar Michael Schindhelm (Bird’s Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China) and produced by Marcel Hoehn (Dark Star: H. R. Giger’s World), The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg, is a history of China’s opening to the West, and of the West’s embrace of Chinese contemporary art, through the eyes of Sigg and the dazzling array of contemporary Chinese artists whose work he championed. Artists, curators, diplomats, architects and business colleagues contribute in this colorful documentary survey of contemporary Chinese art.

Hear what the critics said about the Film: 
"Required viewing for contemporary-art fans."
—The Georgia Straight
"A surprising film! [Uses] the impenetrable Uli Sigg to show us the hidden side of a complex and mysterious country... An intimate yet delicately icy portrait of a character who nurtures mystery like a defense weapon.”
—Cineuropa

Selected Film Festivals
2016 Locarno International Film Festival
2016 Vancouver International Film Festival
2016 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
2016 Milano Design Film Festival
2016 Rio Film Festival
2016 Beirut Art Film Festival

 

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