Lanxi Ruan

Filmmaker | Photographer


Lan-xi Ruan is a Chinese filmmaker and photographer based in Berlin. She studied directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) and holds a M.F.A on Literature of Film and Drama. During her studies, she developed an interest in production and later independently produced and directed the docufiction film “Berlin, without me,” with Siew Hua Yeo as executive producer. Selected as a finalist for the Doha Film Fund post-production track for feature length in 2021, the film was eventually completed in 2024 as a mid-length film, with support from Incantation Films (Singapore), ARRI (Germany), and DFFB (Berlin). Her first narrative feature film, The Plant from the Canaries,” shot in 2023, is currently in post -production, where she once again took on the roles of both producer and director.

As a photographer, she has been invited to Ping Yao International Photography Festival on 2014, with the Monochrome documentary series “Dali” and later curated by Wang Bing as her first solo exhibition in Dali, China. During the lockdown of the pandemic in Berlin, she created her latest photography work, a staged series titled “Soft Animal”, which was featured in Fotograf Magazine(Czech Republic).