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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 106 MIN | 2014

BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

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After a botched arrest in a grisly serial murder case, small-town detective Zhang Zili is suspended from the force, taking a job as a security guard at a coal factory. Five years later, another series of mysteriously similar murders takes place, and Zhang recruits his former partner to finish their investigation. His sleuthing soon leads to a local laundromat proprietor named Wu Zhizhen, whose soft-spoken demeanor and enigmatic aura are compelling to Zhang despite her mysterious connection to the deaths.

Part film noir, part social realist portrait of industrial city life in Northern China, Diao Yinan’s atmospheric Black Coal, Thin Ice is a moody, quietly powerful thriller staged against the quotidian lives of a wintry industrial landscape, and winner of the top prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

-Cara Cusumano
Film Information
Year: 2014
Length: 106 minutes
Language: Mandarin
Country: China, Hong Kong
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Director: Diao Yinan
Screenwriter: Diao Yinan
Producer: Vivian Qu
Editor: Yang Hongyu
Associate Producer: Wan Juan
Cinematographer: Dong Jinsong
Composer: Wen Zi
Co-Producer: Shen Yang
Cast: Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing, Wang Jingchun, Yu Ailei, Ni Jingyang
Press Contacts

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Laura Talsma
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International Sales Contact
Winnie Lau
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Press Contact
Tiffany Malloy
Tribeca Film Festival
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About the Director(s)
Diao Yinan has always been a fan of detective stories, particularly those that depict the lives of ordinary people. His aim in Black Coal, Thin Ice is not only to investigate a mystery and find out the truth about the people involved, but also to create an honest representation of the ‘new reality’ of life in contemporary China.

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