For Draft film director Ju Anqi is realising a narrative film. Drill Man tells the story of a man who carries a portable drill, clandestinely destroying the city he lives in. As he goes along he finds like-minded people, others who are secretly destroying public space. The film, a current snapshot on a rapidly developing China, explores the uneasiness and inequalities caused by urbanisation and the speedy insertion of a post-industrial technological civilization. Ju Anqi delves into the pressures of survival in the megalopolis, a worldwide phenomenon.
In line with Anqi’s signature shooting style, the film will be built upon a combination of improvisation and scripted dialogue. Prior to the shooting of the film in February 2016, a workshop was held with over thirty people, among them Michael Bodenmann, Jiajia Zhang, Barbara Signer, and Junelin Yang.
Ju Anqi, Beijing
Ju Anqi is an artist and filmmaker based in Beijing, China. Ju is a graduate of the Beijing Film Academy. His films have been exhibited in the Centre Pompidou, Paris and MoMA, New York City. His recent film Poet on a Business Trip (2014) premiered at the 44th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 where it won the Netpac Award. He directed the documentary There’s a Strong Wind In Beijing (2000), a documentary film reflecting the social and cultural anxieties within contemporary China. A strong advocate of reforms in Chinese media laws, in 2004, Ju along with six other independent filmmakers—including Jia Zhangke and Lou Ye—submitted a statement to the China Film Bureau identifying Bureau laws in need of urgent reform. He has participated in the Berlinale (2000) in Berlin and in numerous other film festivals across North America, Australia and Asia. His film Quilts had its world premiere at the 2003 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). www.poetonabusinesstrip.com
Li Zhenhua, Beijing/Zurich
Li Zhenhua is a curator, multi-media artist and producer based in Beijing, China, and Zurich, Switzerland. He is founder and director of Beijing Art Lab, a virtual and physical platform for art, research, and exchange. He managed the first international new media art festival MAAP at the Beijing Millennium Museum (2002), followed by ‘onedotzero’ at the Beijing Today Art Museum (2002). He contributed to the exhibition ‘Communicate: British Independent Graphic Design since the Sixties’, (2004-2005) Barbican Centre, London, the exhibition toured four major Chinese cities. Since 2010, he has been nominator for the Summer Academy at the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern, Switzerland, as well as for The Prix Pictet, Switzerland. He was a member of the international advisory board for the exhibition ‘Digital Revolution’, Barbican Centre, London (2014). Li Zhenhua has edited several artists' publications, including Yan Lei: What I Like to Do (2012) and Yang Fudong: Dawn Mist, Separation Faith (2009). A collection of his art reviews has been published under the title Text in 2013. www.bjartlab.com and www.msgproduction.com
A film by Ju Anqi, 2016, colour, 35min For trailer please see here