SGIFF 2017 to open with Chinese thriller movie

"Angels Wear White" was the sole Chinese entry in competition at the 74th Venice International
Film Festival.

19 Oct – The 28th edition of Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) has revealed its opening film is none other than Chinese director Vivian Qu's "Angels Wear White".

"The selection of the opening film for this year's festival reaffirms our commitment to championing film talents and cinema of the region, and showcases the promising future of Asian cinema," Executive Director of SGIFF Yuni Hadi said in a statement.

"Vivian Qu has made a name for herself as one of the few female filmmakers and producers in China and has been a strong advocate for independent cinema.

"Her latest feature film, "Angels Wear White", showcases her prolific cinematic style in telling a hard-hitting story of the society's marginalised through the camera lens and brings to fore a rare female perspective towards the state of oppression."

The movie is Qu's second venture into feature-length films after her award-winning
directorial debut "Trap Street".

Having its world premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, the Chinese-France collaboration tells the story of two schoolgirls who are assaulted by a public official in a motel. A struggle to convict the official then ensues as the sole witness of the incident, Mia, decides to keep her silence in fear of losing her job.

"I am honoured and excited to present "Angels Wear White" on my first visit to Singapore! I hope the film finds resonance with the audience," helmer Vivian Qu said.

Nominated for three awards – Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Leading Actress – at the upcoming 54th Golden Horse Awards, the movie was also the sole Chinese entry in competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

Opening with "Angels Wear White" on 23 November at Marina Bay Sands, this year's Singapore International Film Festival will run its course till 3 December across various venues such as Shaw Theatres Lido, The Arts House, Filmgarde Bugis+, and National Museum of Singapore.

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