Postponed: Berwick Film Society: Ash is Purest White


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NOTE: In light of the most recent Government announcement, BFS feels it must cancel Ash is Purest White and the subsequent filmshows planned for the remainder of this current BFS season. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please contact Box Office at for more information on bookings.

Rapid social change in modern China gives the setting for this complex story of love and loyalty in the jianghu criminal underworld.

Qiao enjoys status as girlfriend to Bin, kingpin of a local gangster network in Datong – until a younger generation of mobsters bids for power. The determination of Qiao to survive the ensuing years requires all her ingenuity to adapt to transformations of places and people.

As the action shifts across the regions of China between years 2001-2017, it reveals an epic portrait of social upheaval. At its centre is an astonishing chameleon-like performance by Zhao Tao (wife of director Jia Zhangke) as the indomitable Qiao.

“Ravishing, self-referential film about a woman in love with a mobster” Giovanni Camia, Sight & Sound

“Engrossing, surprising and affecting, held together by a towering performance from [Zhao Tao]” Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

Note: Contains one scene of violent beatings