Directed by Diao Yinan
FEATURE NARRATIVE 106 Minutes North American Premiere
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
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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Cast & Credits
  • Co-Producer:
    Shen Yang
  • Cinematographer:
    Dong Jinsong
  • Screenwriter:
    Diao Yinan
  • Associate Producer:
    Wan Juan
  • Composer:
    Wen Zi
  • Director:
    Diao Yinan
  • Producer:
    Vivian Qu
  • Editor:
    Yang Hongyu
  • Cast:
    Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing, Wang Jingchun, Yu Ailei, Ni Jingyang

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