In a small, seaside Chinese town, two adolescent girls are assaulted off-camera by a powerful middle-aged man. Hotel-worker Mia, a teenage girl unlawfully working reception, is the only witness. Mia will prove extremely reluctant to help authorities, while assault-victim Wen discovers that her problems are only beginning. A stinging indictment of a society where everything can be (and is) bought and sold—by unscrupulous old and young men alike—this Venice Film Festival highlight is the latest from emerging Mainland Chinese director Vivian Qu. With Angels Wear White, Qu has created one of the year’s stronger examples of feminist filmmaking, complete with a symbolic Marilyn Monroe statue that is defaced and destroyed systematically over the course of the film.
Director Vivian Qu | 2017 | In Mandarin with English subtitles | 107 minutes | NR | DCP