Some coarse language and a proudly flipped bird. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. There still are no formal charges against Weiwei, but he continues to be held by police. Do we still need funds? The sheer material Klayman has to work with in Never Sorry is a testament to just how publicly Weiwei chooses to lead his life, capturing nearly every thought and moment either on video or in 140-character tweets. Klayman, who had just bought a camera, if she was interested in making a video to accompany an exhibition of Mr.
Klayman had been invited to make pegged to a show of Mr. Klayman lived in China for four years working as a freelance journalist. Klayman deals with every aspect of his career as architect, photographer, conceptual artist, social critic and blogger. The two years I spent filming him really mark his rise to international renown, both for his art and his online activism. Officials in Shanghai, for example, invite Mr.
Advertisement Even a dinner at an outdoor restaurant in Chengdu, Sichuan, under the watchful eye of police, seems to be staged as an art project. In perhaps the most extraordinary footage in the film, which Mr. You should hear them cheer! In addition two Beijing art shippers who handle some of Mr. Ai likes to make big art. But then her roommate, who worked at a Beijing gallery, asked Ms.
Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. When the producer Adam Schlesinger, whose credits include the documentary saw the film, he was smitten, and shepherded it to the , where in January it won a special jury prize. We never get to hear the women talk about that. Klayman, it ends after the government destroyed Mr. Two and a half weeks later, Ai's blog is shut down by Chinese authorities, and two days later, Ai joins. So does his art, as Ms. Sundance Selects … The direction, cinematography, music, and editing in this movie are very boring, cliché, and clearly uninspired.
His wife, Lu Qing, and eight assistants were taken into the local police station for questioning. Working, for the most part, by herself, she began tagging after Mr. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. At one point we It's a pretty standard documentary that gives you all the necessary information about Weiwei's past, why he's important, what his methods are, how he functions in China, and so on. A conceptual and installation artist, photographer, designer and filmmaker whom the magazine ArtReview last year placed atop its Power 100 list, Mr. Ai and an army of assistants arranged 100 million handmade porcelain sunflower seeds on an enormous gallery floor. He appears remarkably cold and stand-offish towards his seemingly supportive mother.
Ai seems deliberately to blur the lines among his creative work, political efforts and private life. The profound resonance, hinged on an axis of sameness and difference, was stark, beautiful, haunting. In a classic case of being in the right place at the right time, Ms. Other credits include: Out of Ruins, The World Before Her, and Filling the Void. Funding this film is a way to achieve this end. Summary: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. Klayman said that among her objectives was to use Mr.
In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. In this film, you can see how he indeed puts his life into what he think he should stand up, even the opposed side is a powerful, unpredictable giant. Ai, she was also learning how to tell a visual story. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. Whether this is, in itself, an ironic form of self-censorship or merely a father upholding the right of privacy for his family is delectably debatable.
Klayman, now 27 and fluent in Mandarin, said in an interview late last month. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. For the film, everyone from his brother to his mother to his first gallerist in New York to his wife are interviewed. This video was biography, examination of technique and thought processes, and looking at his work s. On Friday the result of Ms. As 2009 turned into 2010, she kept at it, with Mr.
A big man, physically and otherwise, who lives and works in a big, big country, Mr. However, like a lot of these types of documentaries, what they are shooting and recording just happens to be incredibly interesting and, in contrast to the style of the documentary, inspiring. Advertisement Last Friday , who had argued that tax authorities were wrong when they raided his home studio last year and swept him away for three highly publicized months. Klayman, perhaps inspired by her monumentally minded subject, ended up with hundreds of hours of material. Ai Weiwei, right, in the new film of his recent life and work.