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The House In The Park

A film by Hercli Bundi

Synopsis

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. New inhabitants and sundry reforms will follow.

However, 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 palpable features.

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«An impressive film that tells much more about China than one would expect from an architectural film.»
Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ

Technical Details

FormatDigibeta
Duration86 min
Year2010
Original LanguageChinese, English
SubtitlesGerman, English
CountrySwitzerland
ISAN0000-0002-67D8-0000-Q-0000-0000-X

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  • Credits

    With

    Ai Weiwei

    Yu Qiurong

    Jiang Zexiao

    Citizens at Jinhua architecture park

    Buchner Bründler architects

    Daniel Buchner

    Andreas Bründler

    Christ & Gantenbein architects

    Emanuel Christ

    Christoph Gantenbein

    HHF architects

    Simon Hartmann

    Tilo Herlach

    Simon Frommenwiler

    Herzog & de Meuron architects

    Ascan Mergenthaler

    Writter, Director, Editor, Producer

    Hercli Bundi

    Assistant China

    Laurence Wang Wei

    Sound

    Patrick Becker

    Dramaturgic Advisor

    Rolf Orthel

    Camera Switzerland

    Pierre Mennel

    Camera China

    Hercli Bundi

    Associate Producer

    Vadim Jendreyko

    Music

    Paul Lemp

    Sound Mix

    Gregg Skerman