By Haibo YU, Tianqi Kiki YU

CAT&DOCS - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2016

An intimate portrait of a peasant-turned oil painter transitioning from making copies of iconic Western paintings to creating his own authentic works of art.

& Awards

IDFA 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Haibo YU, Tianqi Kiki YU
    • Producer(s)
    • Tianqi Kiki YU (Century Image Media), Haibo YU (Century Image Media)
    • Synopsis
    • China’s van Goghs tells the stories of peasant turned painters who are carving out different paths for themselves after years of hand copying Western masterpieces, which are sold to high street retailers around the world. While van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifeti-me, these production line painters have sold van Goghs in the thousands. But van Gogh represents more than just the livelihoods of these painter workers; his art, life and legend motivates them to fulfil their own dreams. Their journey is emblematic of of China’s Dream for the 21st Century: to go from ‘Made in China’ to ‘Created in China’.