Angels Wear White

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China | 2017 | 107 minutes | Vivian Qu

Writer-director Vivian Qu depicts how China's corrupt system is stacked against women in this #MeToo potboiler that follows a young woman who witnesses a local official's assault against two schoolgirls, leading to a complex aftermath of cover-ups and gaslighting.

"A brave and hard-hitting drama that provides a social context for violence against women." Maggie Lee - Variety

Orphaned teenage girl Mia (Vicky Chen, also featured in this year's The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful) works as a cleaner in a remote seaside town hotel. One day, she takes a shift for a reception co-worker and checks in on a man in the company of two schoolgirls. At night, Mia sees him force his way into the hotel room on the surveillance camera; feeling queasy, she records this scene on her phone. The next day, the schoolgirls are found sexually assaulted, consequently causing disturbance in the hotel and with their families. The suspect, however, is a high-ranking commissioner who has ways of making sure there is no evidence to prove his misconduct…save for the key evidence in Mia's possession. In its exploration of a terrible event's aftermath, Angels Wear White looks deeply into the lives of the primary school girls, the young workers, and the mothers. This difficult topic and complex story about systemic sexism and institutional corruption is masterfully handled with elegance, just as the title indicates, in Vivian Qu's second feature.

Director Biography
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. 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. Angels Wear White, was made with support from Centre National du Cinema and Region Ile-de-France in France and Vision sud est in Switzerland.

Sponsored by Aegis Gardens, Hainan Airlines, WASA North America Group

  • Original Language Title: Jia Nian Hua
  • Director: Vivian Qu
  • Principal Cast: Qi Wen, Meijun Zhou, Ke Shi, Geng Le, Liu Weiwei, Jing Peng
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: China, France
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Producer: Sean Chen
  • Screenplay: Vivian Qu
  • Cinematographers: Benoit Dervaux
  • Editors: Hongyu Yang
  • Music: Zi Wen
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Trap Street (2013)
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: KimStim
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch