More than a decade in the making, the existential road movie Poet on a Business Trip is Ju Anqi’s most high-profile work to date, winning him awards at numerous international film festivals.
DIR. Ju Anqi
DOCUMENTARY / FICTION / EXPERIMENTAL
IN MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
NETPAC Award – International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
GRAND PRIZE – Jeonju International Film Festival 2015
BEST FILM – ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival
About Ju Anqi
Ju Anqi was born in 1975 in Urumqi, Xinjiang province in Chinese Central Asia, where his parents were relocated during the Cultural Revolution. A graduate of the Directing Department of the Beijing Film Academy, he has been an active multi-media artist and filmmaker since 2000. His debut work, There’s a Strong Wind in Beijing (2000) was shot on film stock 8 years past its expiry date. Selected for the Berlin International Film Festival, it marked him out as a pioneer among China’s new generation of experimental filmmakers. Ju Anqi has said that his “artistic enlightenment” was inspired by the Japanese writer Kōbō Abe and French writer Albert Camus, however, though that his works are “influenced by existentialism”. One of the most widely recognized directors from China’s “New Generation” of filmmakers and multi-media artists, his experimental films have been exhibited in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and in MoMA and the Lincoln Center in New York. His 2013 film Poet on a Business Trip premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it won the prestigious Netpac Award, before going on to win Grand Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea and Best Film at the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival in Croatia.
There’s a Strong Wind in Beijing (2000)
Night in China (2006)
Happy Birthday! Mr. An (2007)
Loser and Mao (2013)
Poet on a Business Trip (2014)
A Missing Policeman (2016)
Drill Man (2016)