“A masterfully controlled exercise in narrative chicanery and noir atmospherics – an exciting stylistic tour-de-force.” – Hollywood Reporter
Winner of both the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bear for Best Actor (Liao Fan) at this year’s Berlinale, Black Coal, Thin Ice is the most celebrated Chinese film of the year, and a hugely enjoyable salute to, if not a reinvention of, the classic film-noir.
Haunted by a botched murder investigation five years earlier, former policeman Zhang has retired to a distant mining town in an attempt to drink his career away. However when bodies start turning up in a strikingly familiar fashion, Zhang sees a chance to atone for the sins of his past. As in all great noir, he soon sniffs out the dangerous women, and Gwei Lun Mei’s sad-eyed femme fatale spells trouble for everyone, especially Zhang.
Director/writer Diao Yinan’s second collaboration with producer Vivian Qu, following 2007’s Cannes Un Certain Regard-selected Night Train, is an icy thriller paying homage to the legends of the past but transforming them into something absolutely his own.