In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out.
METROGRAPH, NYC May 4,
LAEMMLE'S MUSIC HALL, LA May 18,
Runtime: 107 mins
Director of Photography :
Costume Design :
Wen Qi as Mia
Zhou Meijun as Wen
Shi Ke as Attorney Hao
Geng Le as Meng Tao (Wen's father)
Liu Weiwei as Wen's mother
Peng Jing as Lily
Wang Yuexin as Jian
Li Mengnan as Inspector Wang
"Vivian Qu's nuanced drama is the perfect film for the #MeToo moment. "
— Michael Mordine, IndieWire
“A striking portrait of women in contemporary China."
—Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter
"An intriguing film noir."
—Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"Angels displays marked maturity in plot development,
which unspools with rising complexity and tension.''
—Maggie Lee, Variety
“Angels is a skillful combination of tense, dark drama with biting social commentary.”
—Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
"[Qu] pulls no punches in her tentacled piece, and it leaves a livid mark."
—Jonathan Romney, Screen International
Venice Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival
London Film Festival
Valladolid International Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (WINNER BEST DIRECTOR)
Singapore International Film Festival
Vivian is a Chinese film producer, director and screenwriter. She directed the award-winning 2013 film Trap Street. She also produced Night Train, released in 2007, Knitting, in 2008, and Black Coal, Thin Ice in 2014, which won that year's Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2017, her second directing feature Angels Wear White was entered into the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival , and later won her a Golden Horse Award for Best Director in Taiwan.