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Angels Wear White

  • Directed by Vivian Qu
  • China, 2017, 107 mins., Mandarin

In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. The only witness is Mia, the teenaged desk clerk, who says nothing for fear of losing her job. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out. “Qu moulds a daylight noir of complex moral dilemmas, compromised public services, and a social system that stacks the odds against our protagonists at every turn. Qu’s vision is sympathetic to her characters’ struggles, yet her social commentary is savage, subtle and precision-tooled.” —Sight & Sound. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Filmography: Trap Street (2013)

Reviews: Sight & Sound, Variety, Criterion Daily
Interviews: MUBI Notebook

Other Films by Vivian Qu

Trap Street

“A poignant and engaging mystery, Vivian Qu’s feature debut plunges us into the fascinating world of state surveillance in China as it follows a digital mapping surveyor’s investigation of an ‘off-the-grid’ hidden alley. Li Qiuming works at a digital mapping company, photographing the streets that comprise the maze of China’s ever-changing cities. One day while