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Pride and puzzlement as unreleased Chinese film wins in Berlin

Published on Feb 17, 2014 11:50 AM

BEIJING (AFP) - A top European prize for Chinese movie "Black Coal, Thin Ice" provoked curiosity and questioning on Monday with the film not yet released at home and some asking whether political sensitivity might block it.

The film about a washed up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear award for director Diao Yinan on Saturday while star Liao Fan also took the best actor award.

The film is virtually unknown to Chinese viewers but by Monday morning "Black Coal, Thin Ice" had shot to the top of the most-searched film-related topics on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

"Why is it that the films that win awards are always ones that I've never seen publicised?" wrote one microblogger, in a typical comment.

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