Jia Zhangke's movie to compete at Cannes Film Festival

16 Apr - Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's new movie, "Ash is Purest White" has recently been selected to compete in the Palme d'Or of the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

As reported on Mingpao, the movie is the only Chinese movie that will be competing in the programme, and is among the few Asian movies to be selected aside from Hirokazu Koreeda's "Shoplifters" and Lee Chang-dong's "Burning".

Starring Zhao Tao, Feng Xiaogang, and Liao Fan, "Ash is Purest White" tells the story of a young dancer who tries to start again with her mobster boyfriend after being sentenced to five-years in prison for her attempt to save him.

This is Zhang's fifth time competing at the Cannes Festival. His movies that were previously nominated include "Unknown Pleasures" and "Mountains May Depart". He also won Best Screenplay for "A Touch of Sin" in 2013.

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 8 to 19 May 2018.