Angels Wear White

Vivian Qu, China, 2017

Angels Wear White

Vivian QuChina – 2017

A small coastal town in China has half-hearted ambitions to make more of its touristic potential. In one of the many, more or less interchangeable hotels along the beach, 12-year old Wen is the victim of and receptionist Mia a witness to a crime. Mia came to the town illegally and is frightened of reporting what she saw to the authorities. But she's not the only one who fears the consequences of what happened, and the net draws ever tighter around Mia and Wen. Vivian Qu's delicate neo-noir drama concentrates on the perspectives of the complex female figures to expose patriarchal structures.

Original Title Angels Wear White
German Title Engel tragen weiss
French Title Les anges portent blanc
Other Titles Gli angeli portano bianco
Directed by Vivian Qu
Country China
Available Formats DCP
Screenplay Vivian Qu
Film Editing Yang Hongyu
Soundtrack Zi Wen
Cinematography Benoît Dervaux
Décors Peng Shaoying
Production Sean Chen, 22 Hours Films; Mandrake Films
Runtime 107 Min.
Language Mandarin/e
Wen Qi
Zhou Meijun
Shi Ke
Geng Le
Liu Weiwei
Peng Jing
Wang Yuexin
Li Mengnan

74th Venice Film Festival
61st BFI London Film Festival
1st Pingyao International Film Festival - Fei Mu Best Film
54th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - Best Film, Best Actress
54th Gold Horse Awards - Best Director
11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards - Best Feature Film (nominated)
48th International Film Festival of India - Best Director
39th Nantes Three Continents Festival - Silver Balloon
2nd International Film Festival & Awards • Macao (IFFAM) - NETPAC award

«Die chinesische Regisseurin Vivian Qu ist mit ihrem Film «Angels Wear White» die heisseste Anwärterin auf den Goldenen Löwen. Vivian Qu erzählt in ihrem Film «Angels Wear White» eine Geschichte aus dem heutigen China, die ein exemplarisches Schlaglicht wirft auf die deplorable Situation vieler ihrer Geschlechtsgenossinnen. Wohl noch nie hat ein Film aus dem Reich der Mitte so offen Kinderhandel und -prostitution, sexuelle und finanzielle Ausbeutung von Frauen, Korruption und eine enthemmte Beziehung zum Geld thematisiert – eine Fixierung, welche die Gesellschaft bis in höchste Parteikreise verdirbt. - Die Regisseurin, eine exponierte Vertreterin des Independent-Kinos ihres Landes, fokussiert ganz auf die jungen Frauen, ergründet mit Empathie, aber ohne jegliche Sentimentalität deren Schicksal und die Entschlossenheit, dieses selber in die Hand zu nehmen.» Susanne Ostwald, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

«Vivian Qu raconte les dérives d’une société corrompue.» Le Monde


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