A Pile of Ghosts

What is real and what isn’t in a replicated city? Ella Raidel made this penetrating ghost-town film in contemporary China, interweaving actors and ordinary people, sets and footage of the city. Aren’t the real estate agents, construction workers and investors simply playing a game? What remains of reality in a world dominated by the vagaries of capitalism? A PILE OF GHOSTS is a mysterious puzzle where the dividing line between fact and fiction becomes increasingly blurred. In this strange world, subjected to speculation, it actually doesn’t seem to matter anymore. (Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
A Pile of Ghosts (2021, doc) - We´ll Always Have Paris (2020, short; CE'21) - Berg (Mountain, 2016; CE'16) - Double Happiness (2014, doc; CE'14) - Cinema Isn't I See, It's I Fly (2013; CE'13 festival trailer) - Play Life Series (2011, short; CE'12) - SUBVERSES China in Mozambique (2011, mid-length doc; CE'11) - Slam Video Maputo (2010, doc short; CE'10)
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society · Local Artists 2022
Ella Raidel
Austria / Singapore 2021
70 minutes
OV with English subtitles / OV with German subtitles
Cinematography Ella Raidel, Djordje Arambasic, Karel Picha, Vincent Zheng
Editing Daniel Hui
Sound/Sounddesign Sander Saarmets, Tong Zhang, Huawei Cheng
With Charles Yang, Yakira Cang
Producer(s) Ella Raidel
World Sales
World Premiere
Architectural Film Festival Rotterdam 2021