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"A truely impressive movie, that tells much more about China then you would expect of an architecture movie." (Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ)

"A parable about a town where great and global visions come across limited means." (Wochenzeitung WOZ)

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Architects from Europe, America and China are invited to a Chinese provincial town. Within several months, they are to construct a park in Jinhua, intended to form the centre of a new quarter of that town. According to a master plan by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, they shall help to make this city famous. The project is called Jinhua Architecture Park. Where green fields now flourish and farmers plough the land, investors will soon flock, followed by new inhabitants and sundry reforms.

But the project ends up being drawn out over years. The euphoria of the early stages runs up against a reality in which torn-open earth and the lofty hopes of politicians, workers and locals are the only manifest features.

The film It is a story about dreams and misunderstandings – and a deep and intimate look into China's daily life. Hercli Bundi documents the changes leading to the Jinhua Architecture Park - from the laying of the foundation stone to its final opening. In giving all participants in this process an opportunity to comment, one central question proved to be a common concern: What is there for individuals to contribute, when the world around them is changing at such a rapid pace?


Cast and Crew

Ai Weiwei, Yu Qiurong, Jiang Zexiao
Workers and Residents of the Jinhua Architekturparks
Daniel Buchner & Andreas Bründler / Buchner Bründler architects
Emanuel Christ & Christoph Gantenbein / Christ & Gantenbein architects
Tilo Herlach & Simon Hartmann & Simon Frommenwiler / HHF architects
Ascan Mergenthaler / Herzog & de Meuron architects

Written, directed, edited and produced by Hercli Bundi

Assistent China
Laurence Wang Wei
SoundPatrick Becker
Script AdvisorRolf Orthel
DOP SchweizPierre Mennel
DOP ChinaHercli Bundi
Affiliate ProducerVadim Jendreyko
MusicPaul Lemp
Sound MixGregg Skerman


Feature Documentary 86 Min. by Hercli Bundi
Coproduction Mira Film and China Film Coproduction Corporation Beijing
Digibeta, 86 Minutes, Colour, 16:9
© 2010 Mira Film
ISAN Nr. 0000-0002-67D8-0000-Q-0000-0000-X

Developped within SOURCES 2 – a MEDIA Program of the European Community
Supported by Fachausschuss Audiovision & Multimedia der Kantone Basel-Stadt und Basel-Landschaft, Kulturförderung Kanton Graubünden, Succès Passage Antenne

Press Review

Hochparterre, 5/2011 (PDF 2 MB)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, NZZ, 12.5.2011 (PDF 123 KB)
Wochenzeitung, WOZ, 12.5.2011 (PDF 1.9 MB)
Sonntagszeitung, 15.5.2011 (PDF 246 KB)
Neue Luzerner Zeitung, 17.5.2011 (PDF 193 KB)
Neue Zuger Zeitung, 18.5.2011 (PDF 516 KB)
Tele Basel 7VOR7, 24.5.2011
BAZ, 8.6.2011 (PDF 135 KB)
St. Galler Tagblatt, 30.7.2011 (PDF 217 KB)
LaQuotidiana, 19.8.2011 (PDF 86 KB)
Radiotelevisiun Svizra Rumantscha, 20.8.2011
Südostschweiz am Sonntag, 30.10.2011 (PDF 1.2 MB): "Wo der Bauboom China nur Potemkinsche Dörfer beschert."


Press Kit Download (PDF 474 KB)

Photos Download:

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Visions du Réel in Nyon, 15. - 21. April 2010.
China Documentary Film Festival in Beijing, 1. - 7. Mai 2010.
Milano Film Festival
, 10 - 19. September 2010. Sektion "Movi(e)ng Cities".
DOChina in Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan.
Tartu Festival of Visual Culture, 21.03. - 27.03.2011,
Yunfest Kunming, China, 21.3. - 27.3.2011
2nd Overview of Swiss Contemporary Cinema in Sao Paulo, 13. - 22. Mai 2011
Zoom – Basler Filme im Fokus 2011
Architekturfilmtage München 2013
Architektur und Film Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Münster, Bielefeld 2015

Ai Weiwei

Kunstmuseum Luzern "Shanshui - Die Landschaft in der chinesischen Gegenwartskunst"                       kuratiert von Ai Weiwei, Peter Fischer & Uli Sigg, Vernissage 20.Mai 18.30h, Master Talk 21.Mai

Stellungnahme von Hercli Bundi zur Verhaftung des chinesischen Künstlers Ai Weiwei, 20.4.2011 (PDF, 78 KB)