One of the most anticipated movies in Venice, Angels Wear White is not only the one film set completely in China, but also the only one from a female director in competition this year at the festival.
Helmer Vivian Qu returns after premiering her 2013 film Trap Street at the fest and returning the following year to serve on the jury.
In Qu’s new film Angels Wear White, two schoolgirls are brutally assaulted by a middle-aged man in a seaside motel. A teenage receptionist who witnessed the abuse says nothing over fear of losing her job. The young girls fall deeper into a net that offers them no protection and find it increasingly difficult to find their way out. The pic is a striking portrait of women in contemporary China, something not often seen in film. Angels Wear White will continue on to the Toronto International Film Festival after its world premiere Thursday in Venice.
In the exclusive clip below, motel clerk Mia (Wen Qi) is visited by an inspector who is following a tip that two female schoolchildren checked into the lodging with an older man, resulting in suspicious activity.