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Black Coal, Thin Ice

Bai Ri Yan Huo

China | 2014 | 106 minutes | Diao Yinan

This innovative, stylish, and compelling noir set among ordinary people in the northern Chinese provinces begins as disgraced detective-turned-security guard Zhang privately reopens the cold case that ended his career. Winner of the Best Picture, 2014 Berlinale.

June 3, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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June 7, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 8, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8 screenings on STANDBY – Advance tickets not available

From director Zhang Yang, whose Shower won the 2000 SIFF Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film, comes a new noir thriller. When a coal plant worker is found gruesomely murdered, with severed parts of his body spread over hundreds of kilometers across the province, policeman Zhang Zili and his colleagues are sent to investigate. Multiple suspects arise, but when the police attempt to bring one in for questioning, the resulting shootout leaves two officers dead and Zhang wounded. Five years later, Zhang, who was forced to retire in disgrace, now works as a factory security guard between bouts of steady drinking. However, during a chance encounter with his former partner, he learns that two other factory workers have been murdered and dismembered in eerily similar fashion to the earlier case. Soon, Zhang uncovers a common link between the victims, Wu Zhizhen, a beautiful laundry shop worker. Zhang poses as a customer to get closer to her, only to find himself falling in love with his chief suspect. Evoking the spirits of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, Black Coal, Thin Ice is a bleak and powerful crime mystery.

Director Biography

Diao Yinan graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing with a degree in literature and screenwriting. He wrote and directed his debut feature Uniform (2003) and his second feature Night Train (2007), and both films were critically acclaimed and received distribution in several countries after their premiere. Black Coal, Thin Ice, written and directed by Yinan, is his third feature film.

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Director: Diao Yinan
Principal Cast: Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing, Wang Jingchun, Yu Ailei, Ni Jingyang
Country: China, Hong Kong
Year: 2014
Running Time: 106 minutes
Producer: Vivian Qu, Wan Juan
Screenplay: Diao Yinan
Cinematographers: Dong Jinsong
Editors: Yang Hongyu
Music: Wen Zi
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2014 (Best Film, Best Actor)
Filmography: Night Train (2007); Uniform (2003)
Language: Mandarin
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Fortissimo Films
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