The Chinese film noir Bai Ri Yan Huo, or Black Coal, Thin Ice, from director Diao Yinan took the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2014 International Film Festival, while the star, Liao Fan, won a Silver Bear for Best Actor.
The thriller revolves around a series of mysterious murders that detective Zhang, played by Liao, has linked back to a young woman who works at a dry cleaner, whom he also finds himself falling in love with.
“The award belongs to me, to my wonderful team and to film,” Diao said at the ceremony upon accepting his award.
He graduated from China’s Central Academy of Drama in 1992 and has since directed two films of his own, Uniform in 2003 and Night Train in 2007, which showed at Cannes.
Black Coal, Thin Ice was among 20 films competing for the Gold Bear award. Other wins included a Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize for West Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, a Silver Bear for Best Actress which was awarded to Japanese actress Haru Kuroki and a Silver Bear for Best Director, which went to US director Richard Linklater.
A Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution went to Chinese cameraman Zeng Jian for his work in Blind Message.
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