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Created in China

China is changing face. It is the country with the highest number of self made female billionaires. This film explores the incredible transformation taking place in China today, from the perspectives of four of the country's most powerful businesswomen.
They experienced the austerity of China's cultural revolution, followed by the subsequent economic boom. Though growing up in a patriarchal society, they have risen from nothing and have become symbols of change.

Yang Lan is the queen of Chinese talk-shows for women and owner of one of the leading private media companies in the country. Dong Mingzhu is a tenacious female CEO, heading up the world's largest manufacturer of air conditioning systems. Zhang Lan is a tycoon in the luxury restaurant business. Zhou Yi is a top manager working for a big american IT company.

 

How they created their empires, what is the social and economic context in which they operate and what is the price they had to pay in terms of their private and family lives: these are the questions which the film sets out to tackle through a series of first-hand accounts given by the subjects. Their stories reflect today's China: a country which is impatient to turn away from its rural past and become an industrialized, ultramodern economy, yet a country which increasingly has to tread a fine line between communism and capitalism.


A perfectly crafted Film.
— Neue Zürcher Zeitung

 
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A unique insight into the mindset of
four successful Chinese businesswomen.
— SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

with Zhang Lan, Zhou Yi, Dong Mingzhu, Yang Lan

directed by Patrik Soergel

produced by Nicola Genni

co-producer Sven O. Hill (Salto Film)
co-producer Silvana Bezzola Rigolini (RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera) 

associate producer Alex Chung
executive producer Nicola Bernasconi

international sales Magnetfilm (www.magnetfilm.de)

director of photography Sven O. Hill
additional photography Nicola Genni, David Tong
camera assistant Nan Yi
sound recordist Flavio Cristilli
editor Bettina Tognola
sound editor & engineer Riccardo Studer
sound mixing Chaussee Soundvision studio
re-recording mixer Valentin Finke
color correction Farbkult digital postproduction
colorist Felix Hüsken
production secretary Chiara Marini
location manager David Tong, Direct Target Productions
production assistant He Je
interpreters Fang Tian, Ellen Xu
translator Liselotte Schneider
graphic designer Yan Hirschbuel
music various artists

with the support of RSI - Radiotelevisione svizzera, SRG SSR, Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Repubblica del Cantone Ticino, Fondo FilmPlus della Svizzera italiana, Teleproduktions-Fonds GmbH, Film und Medienstiftung NRW, SWISSFILMS.

 

“A completely successful documentary on a current topic, which in a wider context today also concerns every professional woman in the world.”
— Cineman

 

NEWS

 

"LO SGUARDO OLTRE IL CONFINE" PRESENTS THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY

Cristina Radi review for "Lo Sguardo Oltre il Confine".

 
Portrait of the director
Patrik Soergel
by GIANLUCA COSTANTINI

AZIONE INTERVIEWS THE DIRECTOR patrik soergel

Nicola Falcinella interviews the director Patrik Soergel for the magazine Azione.

THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY IN TICINO'S THEATERS

Antonio Mariotti presents the movie for il Corriere del Ticino. Watch it at Lux Cinema in Massagno and Rialto Cinema in Locarno from 30th March.

THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY selected AT SGUARDI ALTROVE

“The Other Half of the Sky” by Patrik Soergel will premiere in Italy at 24th Sguardi Altrove International Film Festival in Milan.

The screening is on 15th March.

THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY NOMINATED AT SALEM FILM FEST 2017

“The Other Half of the Sky” by Patrik Soergel has been nominated at Salem Film Fest 2017.

The screening is on 4th March.

CINEUROPA REVIEW

Patrik Soergel opens a door, leading the audience to reflect on a society which, on closer inspection, is far more complex that it would have us believe.

Muriel Del Don, Cineuropa.org

MORE THAN 1.000 PEOPLE AT SOLOTHURN FOR THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY

We are glad to announce that more than 1.000 people attend the screenings of “The Other Half of the Sky” at the 52. Solothurner Filmtage. The response for the film has been good both from the audience and the media. We thank the Festival for this wonderful opportunity and cheers to all the people who came to see the film.

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THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY nominated AT Solothurner Filmtage 2017

“The Other Half of the Sky” by Patrik Soergel has been nominated at the 52. Solothurner Filmtage and will compete for the Prix du Public.

The screenings are on 19th and 22nd January.

THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY is now playing on the airplanes of Lufthansa and Emirates

From December 2016 the film has been included in Lufthansa and Emirates program. 

CINEMAN REVIEW

"A completely successful documentary on a current topic, which in a wider context today also concerns every professional woman in the world."

Janine Heini, Cineman

CINEMA-Jahrbuchs REVIEW

"A fascinating film who gives a view of a country full of contradictions and opportunities."

Marian Petraitis, CINEMA-Jahrbuchs

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4 sold out screenings at the Zürich Film festival

We are glad to announce that “The Other Half of the Sky” had 4 sold out screenings at the Zürich Film festival, with good response from the audience and the media. We thank the Festival for this wonderful opportunity and cheers to all the people who came to see the film.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung REVIEW

Patrik listed on Neue Zürcher Zeitung as one of the best young filmmakers in competition at the 12th ZFF.

“A perfectly crafted Film."

Urs Bühler, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

SRF Kultur review

"A unique insight into the mindset of four successful Chinese businesswomen.”

Eva Fischer, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Maximum Cinema Filmmagazin review

"The Other Half of the Sky is an exciting snapshot of China and its female makers.”

Alan Mattli, Maximum Cinema

THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY PREMIERE AT ZÜRICH FILM FESTIVAL 2016

“The Other Half of the Sky” by Patrik Soergel will compete at the 12th Zürich Film Festival in the "International Documentary Film“ section.

World premiere is at Corso cinema in Zürich on 24th September at 18.15. Further three screening will follow on 26th September, 1st October, 2nd October.