Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Angels Wear White

Jia nian hua / 嘉年华

2017, Vivian Qu, China, 107 min. With Wen Qi, Zhou Meijun.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 29th 4:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 29th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 30th 2:45pm
  • Sun, Jul 1st 5:15pm
  • Wed, Jul 4th 4:45pm
  • Thu, Jul 5th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"An engrossing and powerful drama." - Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com

"Pulls no punches…suspenseful and horribly gripping." - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

This hard-hitting neo-noir rips the lid off a seething cesspool of systemic corruption in a Chinese resort town after a motel maid spies on a local official who checks in with two inebriated 12-year-old schoolgirls in tow. Mia (Wen), a drab, low-level cleaner and undocumented immigrant with everything to lose, becomes the reluctant center of a skewed investigation when her illicit cellphone footage of the damning evidence becomes the hot property sought by all parties. Director Qu (BLACK COAL, THIN ICE) exposes the many sides of the story, from the self-serving response of the girls' parents, fearful of public opinion and eager for readily proffered payoffs, to the labyrinthine dodges of the police. Irony rules in the film's dark view of pervasive misogyny, of which the town's tawdry seaside monument, a reproduction of the 26-foot "Forever Marilyn" sculpture with skirt flying aloft, is a telling symbol. In Mandarin with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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