Ash is the Purest White (15)
2018, directed by Zhangke Jia, 136 minutes
This Chinese film provides some revealing insights into how the collapse of the Communist Party has left something of a vacuum in towns and cities that has been filled by mobsters and criminals. The film follows the life of Qiao – a smart and resourceful young woman – who is initially involved with violent gang leader Bin. Over time Bin’s grip over Qiao loosens but it is a slow and painful process. Evidently for some Chinese the worst aspects of capitalist life are intoxicating.
Film notes (paper copies available at the screening)
Tickets (£5 adults, £3 children) available on the door or in advance from the Buxton Opera House box office