“A gangster’s ex-girlfriend struggles to adapt to life and find her way in the new “capitalist” China after five years in prison, in the latest from Festival favourite Jia Zhang-ke. More than any filmmaker of his generation, Jia Zhang-ke has crafted a body of work that holds a mirror to contemporary China in all its complexity. With his latest film, romance, tragedy, and crime-story grit intermingle to form a vision of China’s headlong plunge into capitalism. With its captivating twists and enigmatic finale, Ash is Purist White operates on many levels at once. It is a caveat emptor for those who chase fundamentally flawed ambitions, and a diagnosis for a nation that, in crucial ways, has succumbed to an ideological affliction.“ (Toronto International Film Festival)

Around The World in 14 Films 2018, presented by Pia Marais


+++ Berlin Premiere +++

Director: Jia Zhangke
Screenplay: Jia Zhangke
OT: Jiang hu er nv
Country: China, France 2018
Production: Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Xstream Pictures, Huanxi Media G., MK2 Productions
Cast: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Zheng Xu, Casper Liang, Yinan Diao
Format: DCP / coulour
Length: 136 min.
Language: Mandarin OV / English subtitles
Distribution Germany: Neue Visionen
Festivals: Cannes, Munich, Jerusalem, Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Busan, London, Chicago etc.
Awards: International Cinephile Society Awards etc.