Introduction by Tim of Kuleshov
ANGELS WEAR WHITE
Director: Vivian Qu
A brave and hard-hitting drama that provides a social context for violence against women - Variety
This film offers a thoughtful, textured and quietly furious criticism of a sexist Chinese system and society. - San Francisco Examiner
In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man
in a motel.
Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only
witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing.
Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her
troubles have only just begun.
Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will
have to find their own way out.
This is a story about women.
About the society that shapes our perceptions and values.
About the choices that are allowed us and the courage to make different ones.
About the interchangeable roles of the victim and the bystander.
About truth and justice.
And above all, about love.
Writer, director and producer Vivian Qu is a key figure of the Chinese
independent film circle. Her directorial debut, Trap Street, premiered to critical acclaim at the 70th Venice Film Festival in 2013, and screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide. The film was acclaimed as “a great representation of the newest generation of Chinese filmmakers” at the 2014 New Directors / New Films at Lincoln Center/MoMA in New York, and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the Boston Independent Film Festival and the Dragons & Tigers Award
Special Mention at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
In 2014 Vivian Qu produced Black Coal, Thin Ice, which won the Golden Bear and a Silver Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Further credits as producer include Night Train (2007 Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival), Knitting (2008 Cannes Director’s Fortnight), and Longing for the Rain (2013 Rotterdam International Film Festival).
In 2014 Vivian Qu served on the International Jury for Best Debut Film at the 71st Venice Film Festival and the International Jury at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Vivian Qu’s second film as director, Angels Wear White, was made with support from Centre National du Cinema and Région Ile-de-France in France and Vision sud est in Switzerland.