Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  93 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; German; Mandarin / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg

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The entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg has played a role in the transformation of China's art world since the 1970s.

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg

A documentary about the entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg, and the tense sociopolitical context of China's ongoing transformation since the 1970s. Born in Switzerland, Uli Sigg made an impact on China's shift in economic policy after the Mao era; he has also established the world's most significant collection of contemporary Chinese art. The majority of this collection will be transferred to Hong Kong's M+ museum, due to open in 2019.

'Required viewing for contemporary-art fans. Here's a definitive portrait not just of the soft-spoken collector who brought the likes of Ai Weiwei and Cao Fei to the world's attention but of the birthing pains of post-Mao China.' - 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


** 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


Main credits

Sigg, Uli (onscreen participant)
Schindhelm, Michael (film director)
Hoehn, Marcel (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Filip Zumbrunn; music & sound design, Feng Mengbo, Peter Bräker; editing, Marina Wernli.

Distributor credits

A film by Michael Schindhelm

Docuseek2 subjects

Art and Architecture
Art History
Cultural and Ethnic Studies

Distributor subjects

Art History
Contemporary Art
Cultural Studies


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