Ash is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv)
Director: Jia Zhangke
Section: World Cinema
Country: China, France | Year: 2018
Language(s): Mandarin | Time: 136 mins
Qiao lives in a town descending into economic decline. Her boyfriend, a dashing gangster, works for a corrupt property developer. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him and goes in jail for five years. She emerges from prison to find that her former mafia associates have moved into legitimate business, and Bin has found another moll. Qiao seeks revenge but, more importantly, she searches for a new identity in this changing China.
Jia Zhangke is a Chinese filmmaker whose features have regularly played in competition sections at renowned film festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, and Venice. His film Still Life (2006) won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival and his A Touch of Sin (2013) won the Best Screenwriter Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He was awarded the Excellence in Cinema prize at the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.