Screen/Society--"Ash is Purest White" (Jia Zhangke, 2019)

September 19, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Introduced by Prof. Rey Chow (Program in Literature)

Film Screening: "Ash is Purest White" ("Jiang hu er nu") (Jia Zhangke, 2019, 141 min, China, Mandarin w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP) Set over a 17-year period beginning in 2001, this epic romantic tragedy from Jia Zhangke unfolds with uncommon precision and disarming pathos. In a career-high performance, Zhao Tao stars as the fiercely loyal girlfriend of a local gangster played by Liao Fan. Enduring a prison sentence on his behalf, she emerges to find a changed China. -- Introduced by Prof. Rey Chow (Program in Literature) "This is one of Zhangke's peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld unlike anything you've seen before." Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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