A documentary by Maxim Derevianko
Ai Weiwei and his Turandot
Details: FULLHD, 52’, Italy
Subject: Maxim Derevianko, Michele Cogo
Producer: Marta Zaccaron, Tommaso Mattei
Production: Incipit Film
In association with: Khora Film
Status: in production
With the support of: Fondo Audiovisivo FVG
In 1920 Puccini wrote the first note of Turandot, that now is taken up by Ai Weiwei, one of the greatest contemporary artists, who choses to direct his first theatrical production at the Opera in Rome.
Ai Weiwei feels that Turandot speaks of our time, so his production tackles both the Covid-19 epidemic, and the subsequent war between Russia and Ukraine, showing that Puccini’s opera is still as vital and as relevant as ever. But Turandot story represents also Ai Weiwei life, as his life-long friend and choreographer Chiang Ching tells us.