Ash is Purest White

Tuesday 8 October 2019 8pm

Dir: Zhang-ke Jia China, France 2018

Language: Chinese with subtitles

Running time: 141 minutes Cert: 18

Starring: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan

Supported By: The Westmeath Independent

The latest from critically acclaimed writer/director Zhang-ke Jia (A Touch of Sin, 13) is a crime melodrama about China's aspirational gangster-classes. Zhao Tao stars as Qiao, the daughter of an old militant, but also a child of the new China. Qiao ends up going to prison to protect her minor gangster boyfriend Bin, but upon her release five years later, discovers that he has abandoned her. Seeking revenge, she sets out to track him down. Jia uses a three-part story set in different time frames, to portray what it means for ordinary people to live through extraordinary epochal social, economic, and cultural changes. Ash Is Purest White illuminates what it takes to keep love from burning out.

Festival showings:
Cannes Film Festival 2018,
Toronto International Film Festival 2018,
BFI London Film Festival 2018,
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019,
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019

Winner - Dublin Film Critics Circle Special Jury Prize, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019

"With Ash is Purest White, the always surprising, habitually envelope-pushing film-maker Jia Zhang-ke gives us a complex romantic tragedy." – The Guardian, Cannes Film Festival 2018

"The novelistic sweep of narrative, its characteristically rich socioeconomic backdrop and the ravishing cinematography by Éric Gautier make for a transporting experience…" - Sight & Sound Magazine