Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist persecuted by the Beijing government, explains the title of this documentary: “It’s a real case but it’s fake, it’s fabricated.” The doc, a follow-up to Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, is mostly a straightforward video record of his house arrest, a condition complicated by his celebrity status. As such, the film is not terribly involving except to Ai’s followers. Roughly compares to This Is Not a Film, Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s chronicle of his own close confinement. Except for the fact the artists are under arrest, they’re both essentially home movies. Directed by Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen (89 min.).
Director: Andreas Johnsen