ASH IS PUREST WHITE

by Jia Zhangke
ASH IS PUREST WHITE

Informations

Nation: China

Year: 2018

Length: 150'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.

Director

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhang Ke (Fenyang, China, 1970) graduated from Beijing Film Academy
international film festival such as Berlin, and in 1998 made his first feature film, Pickpocket, that was screened in several Pusan and Buenos Aires. He then directed Platform (2000), premiered in competition at Venice Film Festival and, in the same year, the documentary In Public that won the Grand Prix at Marseille Film Festival. He then made Unknown Pleasures (2002), screened  in competition at Cannes Film Festival, The World (2004) and Still Life (2006) that won Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival. In 2007 he won the Horizons section at Venice with the documentary Useless and in 2008 he presented at the same festival the short Cry Me a River.

Filmography:
Xiao Wu (Pickpocket, 1998), Zhantai (Platform, 2000), Gong gong chang suo (In Public, doc., 2001), Ren xiao yao (Unknown Pleasures, 2002), Shijie (The World, 2004), Dong (cm, doc., 2006), Sanxia haoren (Still Life, 2006), Wuyong (Useless, doc., 2007), Er shi
si cheng ji
(24 City, 2008), Heshang aiqing (Cry Me a River, cm, 2008).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Jia Zhang-Ke
fotografia/cinematography
Eric Gautier
montaggio/film editing
Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
scenografia/production design
Liu Weixin
musica/music
Lim Giong
suono/sound
Zhang Yang, Olivier Goinard
interpreti/cast
Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Liang Casper, Feng Xiaogang, Diao Yinan, Zhang Yibai, Ding Jiali, Zhang Yi
produttore/producer
Ichiyama Shozo
produzione/production
Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Xstream Pictures, Xuanxi Media Group, Mk Productions
coproduttori/coproducers
Zhang Dong, Xiang Shaokun, Juliette Schrameck
coproduzione/coproduction
Arte France Cinema

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contatti/contacts
Cinema srl
Rachel Greenwood
[email protected]
regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Jia Zhang-Ke
fotografia/cinematography
Eric Gautier
montaggio/film editing
Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
scenografia/production design
Liu Weixin
musica/music
Lim Giong
suono/sound
Zhang Yang, Olivier Goinard
interpreti/cast
Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Liang Casper, Feng Xiaogang, Diao Yinan, Zhang Yibai, Ding Jiali, Zhang Yi
produttore/producer
Ichiyama Shozo
produzione/production
Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Xstream Pictures, Xuanxi Media Group, Mk Productions
coproduttori/coproducers
Zhang Dong, Xiang Shaokun, Juliette Schrameck
coproduzione/coproduction
Arte France Cinema

**
contatti/contacts
Cinema srl
Rachel Greenwood
[email protected]
https://cinemasrl.com/

Director statement

“The couple in the film live on the margins of society. They survive by challenging the orthodox social order. I didn’t set out to defend them, rather to empathize with their
predicament. It reminds me in some ways of the first decade of my career, when it was risky to make films expressing one’s true self and truths about society. So I threw myself into writing the script as if I were writing about my own emotional journeys: my lost youth and my fantasy about the future. To live, to love and to be free. […] I now have forty-eight years of life experiences, and I want to use them to tell a love story set in a contemporary China which has gone through epic and dramatic transformations. It makes me feel that I’ve lived that way myself – and that I still do.”

Synopsis Learn more

Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.

Director All about direction

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhang Ke (Fenyang, China, 1970) graduated from Beijing Film Academy
international film festival such as Berlin, and in 1998 made his first feature film, Pickpocket, that was screened in several Pusan and Buenos Aires. He then directed Platform (2000), premiered in competition at Venice Film Festival and, in the same year, the documentary In Public that won the Grand Prix at Marseille Film Festival. He then made Unknown Pleasures (2002), screened  in competition at Cannes Film Festival, The World (2004) and Still Life (2006) that won Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival. In 2007 he won the Horizons section at Venice with the documentary Useless and in 2008 he presented at the same festival the short Cry Me a River.

Filmography:
Xiao Wu (Pickpocket, 1998), Zhantai (Platform, 2000), Gong gong chang suo (In Public, doc., 2001), Ren xiao yao (Unknown Pleasures, 2002), Shijie (The World, 2004), Dong (cm, doc., 2006), Sanxia haoren (Still Life, 2006), Wuyong (Useless, doc., 2007), Er shi
si cheng ji
(24 City, 2008), Heshang aiqing (Cry Me a River, cm, 2008).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Jia Zhang-Ke
fotografia/cinematography
Eric Gautier
montaggio/film editing
Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
scenografia/production design
Liu Weixin
musica/music
Lim Giong
suono/sound
Zhang Yang, Olivier Goinard
interpreti/cast
Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Liang Casper, Feng Xiaogang, Diao Yinan, Zhang Yibai, Ding Jiali, Zhang Yi
produttore/producer
Ichiyama Shozo
produzione/production
Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Xstream Pictures, Xuanxi Media Group, Mk Productions
coproduttori/coproducers
Zhang Dong, Xiang Shaokun, Juliette Schrameck
coproduzione/coproduction
Arte France Cinema

**
contatti/contacts
Cinema srl
Rachel Greenwood
[email protected]
regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Jia Zhang-Ke
fotografia/cinematography
Eric Gautier
montaggio/film editing
Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
scenografia/production design
Liu Weixin
musica/music
Lim Giong
suono/sound
Zhang Yang, Olivier Goinard
interpreti/cast
Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng, Liang Casper, Feng Xiaogang, Diao Yinan, Zhang Yibai, Ding Jiali, Zhang Yi
produttore/producer
Ichiyama Shozo
produzione/production
Shanghai Film Group Corporation, Xstream Pictures, Xuanxi Media Group, Mk Productions
coproduttori/coproducers
Zhang Dong, Xiang Shaokun, Juliette Schrameck
coproduzione/coproduction
Arte France Cinema

**
contatti/contacts
Cinema srl
Rachel Greenwood
[email protected]
https://cinemasrl.com/

Director statement Read more

“The couple in the film live on the margins of society. They survive by challenging the orthodox social order. I didn’t set out to defend them, rather to empathize with their
predicament. It reminds me in some ways of the first decade of my career, when it was risky to make films expressing one’s true self and truths about society. So I threw myself into writing the script as if I were writing about my own emotional journeys: my lost youth and my fantasy about the future. To live, to love and to be free. […] I now have forty-eight years of life experiences, and I want to use them to tell a love story set in a contemporary China which has gone through epic and dramatic transformations. It makes me feel that I’ve lived that way myself – and that I still do.”