Black Coal, Thin Ice

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North American Premiere

China, Hong Kong | 106 MINUTES

BLACK COAL, THIN ICE

Drama
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

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Diao Yinan

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.


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

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