Ash is Purest White
Jia Zhang-ke / CN, FR, JP, 2018 / 141 min.
Jia Zhangke’s gangster epic about ruthless capitalism in China is a riveting mix of entertainment and social criticism. Zhao Tao surpasses herself in a mesmerising role. Ash Is Purest White was selected to compete for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
Qiao (Zhao Tao) lives in a rundown mining town. Her boyfriend, Bin, is a debonair mobster who works for a corrupt project developer. Bin’s star rises when his boss is killed, but it also makes him a target for rival gang members.
CN, FR, JP
Jiang hu er nü
Chinese, Mandarin Chinese
Vive le cinéma! Art & Film
To mark the 75th anniversary of the Filmmuseum and the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Eye and the IFFR have selected five film directors from five continents as a way of celebrating the unlimited power and diversity of world cinema, which is so vital for the programming.