FIlm Club ”Ash is Purest White” 18th Sept 8pm
Ash is Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nü)
Director: Zhang-ke Jia
Cast: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan
FILM INFO:141 minutes, China, France, 2018, CLUB
Short synopsis (less than 60 words)
The latest from critically acclaimed Zhang-ke Jia (A Touch of Sin, 13) is a crime melodrama that unfurls through a three-part story in different time frames. Qiao, the moll of minor gangster Bin, goes to prison to protect him. Upon her release five years later, she discovers he has abandoned her. Seeking revenge, she sets out to track him down.
Short synopsis (less than 120 words)
The latest from critically acclaimed writer/director Zhang-ke Jia (A Touch of Sin, 13) is a crime melodrama about China’s aspirational gangster-classes.
Zhao Tao stars as Qiao, the daughter of an old militant, but also a child of the new China. Qiao ends up going to prison to protect her minor gangster boyfriend Bin, but upon her release five years later, discovers that he has abandoned her. Seeking revenge, she sets out to track him down.
Jia uses a three-part story set in different time frames, to portray what it means for ordinary people to live through extraordinary epochal social, economic, and cultural changes. Ash Is Purest White illuminates what it takes to keep love from burning out.
Cannes Film Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
BFI London Film Festival 2018
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019
Winner – Dublin Film Critics Circle Special Jury Prize, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019
★★★★ “With Ash is Purest White, the always surprising, habitually envelope-pushing film-maker Jia Zhang-ke gives us a complex romantic tragedy.” – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2018
“The novelistic sweep of narrative, its characteristically rich socioeconomic backdrop and the ravishing cinematography by Éric Gautier make for a transporting experience…” – Sight & Sound Magazine