Fe­male view seen in Venice

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PEOPLE -

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.

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