Celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, will be directing a film in Berlin, from his studio in China, via Skype. The internationally renowned artist has been confined to his native China since the country's government arrested him without charge and indefinitely confiscated his passport in 2011. As a result he is no stranger to working remotely.

"This is a project that exemplifies the belief that love can overcome obstacles." - Claus Clausen

This latest project is a short film vignette in the series – Berlin, I Love You – which is set to film whilst the German city is hosting The Berlin Film Festival. The film's producer, Claus Clausen, will take the directorial lead on the ground, whilst taking his cue from the artist. "The shooting will be filmed and screened in real time on big monitors in Berlin on Potsdamer Platz and in Beijing on a little screen in Weiwei's studio, he sees a wide shot of the set," Clausen explained. "This is a project that exemplifies the belief that love can overcome obstacles."

Weiwei said the film will focus on his six-year-old son, Ai Lao. "The film is about my son. He's been living in Berlin since August, and I cannot visit him," he said. Ai Lao's mother is a documentary film-maker named Wang Fen, and she has written the script. 

Berlin, I Love You is part of a series of ensemble movies that feature various overtures to a different world city – it follows Paris, Je T'aime; New York, I Love You; and Rio, Eu Te Amo. A documentary about the making of the film will also be made.