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  An International Film Circuit release
of a Rosforth Production



A film by Andreas Johnsen

Denmark • 2013 • NR • English & Mandarin w/Eng st • 1:85 • 5.1 Stereo • 89 mins • NR
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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. Picking up where Alison Klayman's Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry left off, AI WEIWEI THE FAKE CASE is more explicitly political, reflecting Ai's battle against the gigantic lawsuit thrust upon him by the Chinese government in an effort to silence him. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during his 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 and free expression. The film also features the creation of S.A.C.R.E.D., a new work depicting Ai's time in prison, which premiered during the Venice Biennale.

Named Best Documentary of 2014 by the Danish Film Critics' Association.


“POWERFUL. MOVING. ABSORBING. The worldís press turns off their cameras, but it is here that Andreas Johnsenís film begins. FASCINATING.”
– Mark Adams, Screen

“Unofficial sequel to [Never Sorry]. A compelling personal portrait.

– Alan Tong, Filmmaker Magazine

“More than any documentary on Ai Weiwei so far, Ai Weiwei The Fake Case depicts accurately what it is to be an artist struggling bravely against
political oppression and the personal cost of that fight.”

– Bob Duggan, The Big Think

“Picks up where Alison Klaymanís Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry left off, serving as not just an update, but an EVEN MORE GALVANIZING call for reform.
Aiís voice carries louder than ever before.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“A fascinating, essential marker in the ongoing saga of Ai's exploits [with]
raw power and artistry.”
– Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve

“A poignant and uncensored depiction of the dangers of standing up to an
institutional power and fighting for what you believe in, in the face of
great adversity.” – Gillian Sagansky, Vogue

“Illuminates why the government has been so hapless when dealing with him.
Fascinating and thought-provoking.”
– Zachary Wigon, The Village Voice

“ **** POWERFUL!” – Graham Fuller, NY Daily News

“Offers viewers the challenge and pleasure of an important artist's
company.[with] an informal intimacy. Part of the reason Ai Weiwei is such
an intriguing figure is that his recent career feels like the latest battle
in the very old war between the imagination and the state.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Enthralling! A statement on the impact that even a single voice can have
and the importance of art in carrying that message forward.”
– Jennifer Wood, Complex Art & Design

“A bold political statement, affirming the freedom of expression in a time
when it can land an artist in jail. ”
– Pat Padua, Spectrum Culture

“A source of inspiration and outrage, Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case is highly
recommended for all viewers who value free expression.”
– Joe Bendel, JB Spins/The Epoch Times

“How Ai attempts this balancing act, juggling the Chinese government's fears
and the hopes of art patrons, is the subtext of Johnsen's film.”
– Whitney Mallett, Vice Motherboard


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