Black Coal Thin Ice: Golden Bear Winner at Berlin Film Festival 2014

Share Button
Liao Fan Black Coal This Ice Golden Bear

Liao Fan, actor in Black Coal, Thin Ice, won the Best Actor Silver Bear

Black Coal Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo) by the Chinese director Diao Yinan won the Best Film Golden Bear at The Berlin Film Festival 2014. The film won somewhat surprisingly, as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was considered the main favorite.

Black Coal Thin Ice actor Liao Fan won the Best Actress Silver Bear. American director Wes Anderson, who did not attend the Awards Ceremony, won the Grand Jury Prize for his The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Richard Linklater won the Best Director Award.

Black Coal Thin Ice tells the story of  an investigation of a series of murders in a small town in Northern China. The film examines the ambivalent nature of moral choice.

Black Coal thin Ice Golden bear berlinale 2014

The cast and crew of Black Coal, Thin Ice. Liao Fan, left, next to director Diao Yinan at the Berlin Film Festival 2014

Director Diao Yinan was born in 1968 in Xi’an, China. He works an avant-garde playwright in China. In 2003, he was as an actor  in the Chinese film All Tomorrow’s Parties (Míngrì tiānyá) by Yu Lik-wai. Yinan directed and wrote his first feature, Uniform (Zhifu) in 2003. In 2007, his second feature film, Midnight Train (Ye Che) screened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. Black Coal Thin Ice is Yinan’s thirt feature. The director has also written screenplays for Chinese director Zhang Yang.

Black coal thin ice winner berlin film festival

Black Coal, Thin Ice tells the story of a murder investigation in a small Chinese town.

Black Coal, Thin Ice Winner’s Press Conference Live Coverage

21.56 Director Yianan said he did not expect to win the Golden Bear award.

21.58 Yinan said it was important for him to achieve a bigger budget for the film, and at the same time preserve control and independence over the creative process.

23.02 Yinan said the main difference between European and Chinese film is that European films are more mature because European audience is more mature. Even though the market for films in China is huge, independent cinema is a small niche in China.

23.05 Yinan said censorship in China is becoming more tolerant, and the presence of the film at the Berlin Film Festival is a proof for that.

(In unrelated news, did you know that you could buy led obuvki these days??)

 

The Best Actor Silver Bear and the Best Film Golden Bear held respectively by Chinese actor Fiao Fan and director Dio Yinan

The Best Actor Silver Bear and the Best Film Golden Bear held respectively by Chinese actor Fiao Fan and director Diao Yinan

Diao Yianan black coal, thin ice golden bear

Diao Yinan, director of Black Coal, Thin Ice and winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at Berlinale 2014

fao lian black coal thin ice

Fao Lian at Black Coal, Thin Ice Winner’s Press Conference at the Berlin Film Festival