July 8th - Ash Is Purest White (136 Min.) .
A tragicomedy initially set in the jianghu-criminal underworld-setting, ASH IS PUREST WHITE is less a gangster movie than a melodrama. With a three-part structure, it begins by following the quick-witted Qiao (Tao Zhao) and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Fan Liao) as they stake out their turf against rivals and upstarts in 2001 postindustrial Datong before expanding out into an epic narrative of how abstract forces shape individual lives, and continues Jia Zhangke's body of work as a record of 21st-century China and its warp-speed transformations.
Established in 1989, The After Hours Film Society (http://www.afterhoursfilmsociety.com/) screens foreign, classic and specialty films at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, each presentation followed by a group discussion led by educators and film professionals. Meeting at the beautifully restored Tivoli (Built in 1928).
Admission is $6.00 for AHFS Members, $10.00 non-members. AHFS Membership details - (http://www.afterhoursfilmsociety.com/membership-info.html).
Complimentary coffee and cookies after the film. Live pre-film entertainment on a 1924 Wurlitzer theater organ.
Meetup at 7:00 - Seated at 7:15 - Showtime 7:30. Purchase your ticket, get your popcorn and Junior Mints, and meet in the theater lobby near the little counter where they sell wine & beer. Look for a guy with a Meetup sign at the Aisle Two doors. PLEASE BE ON TIME!
Organized discussion of the film in the theatre follows coffee and cookies in the lobby.