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China film noir Black Coal, Thin Ice wins Berlin Golden Bear

Published on Feb 16, 2014 6:48 AM
 
Chinese director Diao Yinan (right) and Chinese actor Liao Fan pose with the Golden Bear for Best Film and Silver Bear for Best Actor trophies during a press conference following the awarding ceremony of the 64th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, on Feb 15, 2014. China's Black Coal, Thin Ice about a washed up former cop investigating a series of grisly murders won the Berlin film festival's Golden Bear top prize. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - China's Black Coal, Thin Ice by Diao Yinan about a washed up former cop investigating a series of grisly murders won the Berlin film festival's Golden Bear top prize on Saturday, Feb 15, 2014.

The classic film noir, whose Chinese title is Bai Ri Yan Huo, also captured the Silver Bear best actor award for its star Liao Fan.

"It's really hard to believe that this dream has come true which didn't come true for such a long time," Diao said as he accepted the trophy, fighting back tears.

The picture is set in the late 1990s in northern China and its murder mystery plot is told through a set of enigmatic flashbacks.

 
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