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OFFICIAL COMPETITION ANGELS WEAR WHITE BEYOND THE CLOUDS JIA NIAN HUA 28 FRI 13 SAT 14 20:40 EMBANKMENT 11:30 EMBANKMENT THU 12 FRI 13 SAT 14 20:45 EMBANKMENT 14:00 EMBANKMENT 13:00 RICH MIX Dir-Scr Majid Majidi. Prod Shareen Mantri Kedia, Kishor Arora. With Ishaan Khattar, Malavika Mohanan. India 2017. 120min. Sales Vibha Chopra Cast Set in the slums of Mumbai, acclaimed director Majid Majidi delivers a powerful coming-of-age tale about a brother trying to save his jailed sister. Risk-taking Iranian director Majid Majidi, best known for his Oscar®-nominated Children of Heaven, moves to Mumbai for this stunning feature. Appearing in his first film, Ishaan Khattar gives an extraordinary, high-energy performance as Aamir, a teenage roustabout. He makes the most of his life of fast bikes and dodging trouble while dealing drugs across Mumbai’s dockland underbelly. And yet, behind the hedonism is a young man desperately missing his family. Following a drugs bust, Aamir ends up on the doorstep of his estranged sister Tara. She lives alone and is constantly harassed by men. The siblings try to live together in the apartment, but a past clouded by loss and despair makes it difficult. However, when Tara almost kills a man who attempts to rape her and ends up in jail, she suddenly finds in Aamir her one hope of seeing the outside world again. Alongside his gifted cast, Majidi is working once again with cinematographer Anil Mehta, who captures India’s urban landscape with a breathtaking sense of awe. And the immensely talented, Oscar®-winning composer A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) provides a richly nuanced score. Cary Rajinder Sawhney Mia, a teenage drifter without official papers, is illegally working a hotel-reception night shift when she witnesses something disturbing and suspicious. At a nearby school the next day, 12-year-old Wen and her friend get into a fight, which leads their teachers to suspect that the girls have been assaulted while in the care of a police commissioner. These events are the catalyst for this astonishing drama, which focuses on Mia and Wen over the days that follow. Director Vivian Qu follows her debut Trap Street (LFF2013 First Feature Competition) with a film that contrasts gripping realism with poignant imagery and subtle symbolism. Aided by the breakout performances of its two young leads, Angels Wear White conjures up a complex tale of blackmail and corruption that has us empathising with characters even as they make morally questionable choices. Qu’s compassionate, feminist approach illustrates Mia’s and Wen’s internal lives, while showing how the trouble they’re in is the result of systemic problems, particularly the way sexuality is imposed on – and used to control – the bodies of women and girls. This is urgent contemporary Chinese filmmaking that packs a devastating emotional punch. Kate Taylor Dir-Scr Vivian Qu. Prod Sean Chen. With Wen Qi, Zhou Meijun, Shi Ke. China-France 2017. 107min. Sales Wild Bunch @BFI #lff


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