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Ash is Purest White

July 6, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Jia Zhangke’s extraordinary body of work has doubled as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations.  Ash Is Purest White is at once his funniest and most emotionally generous film–a smart rumination on love and a 21st century, feminist take on the gangster film.

Zhao Tao, the filmmaker’s muse, and wife, stars as the formidable, quick-witted Qiao, a heroine for the ages.

in Mandarin with subtitles | 136 minutes

ENTHRALLING! -The New York Times

This is one of Zhangke’s peak achievements: pure cinema, and a story of the underworld UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE. -Chicago Tribune

Above all, there is Zhao Tao. Trained as a dancer, she has been the leading lady in many of Jia’s films, starting with “Platform” (2000), and his wife since 2012. Theirs may be the most fruitful partnership between a director and a spouse  since Roberto Rossellini joined forces with Ingrid Bergman.  -The New Yorker

Jia Zhang-ke has become a cinematic poet of the 21st century. – New York Magazine


Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13
Apollo 11 – 6:30 – IU Fine Arts Theater
Ash is Purest White – 7:30 – IU Global & International Theater
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – 8:15  IU Fine Arts Theater

Sunday, July 14 at Bear’s Place
Apollo 11 – 5:15
Ash is Purest White – 7:30 – Last Chance!



July 6, 2019
July 14, 2019
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