Female view seen in Venice
VENICE, Italy — Chinese movie Angels wear white premiered at the Venice Film Festival last Thursday.
Written and directed by Vivian Qu, the film this year represents China in the main section of Venice, which overall sees 21 movies contending for the Golden Lion major prize.
Qu is the only female director among those in competition this year. Her new film tells of two young girls, living in a small Chinese southern coastal town, who are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel.
Angels wear white (“Jia Nian Hua”) is a drama showed through a double perspective: that of one of the victims — 12-year-old Wen — and that of a female witness — Mia, a teenage receptionist working in the structure where the aggression occurs.
However, theirs are not the only crucial female characters in the feature. “This is a story about women ... about the choices that are allowed us, and the courage to make different ones. (It is) about the interchangeable roles of the victim and the bystander,” the director wrote in the production’s presentation.