For almost two weeks Berlin has been the focus of cinema audiences all over the world. The 64th annual Berlin Film Festival even made a record of its own: a massive 330,000 tickets sold.
Even with Hollywood stars stealing the spotlight on the red carpets of the German capital, it was Chinese cinema that swept the board at the festival’s awards ceremony on Saturday night.
Black Coal, Thin Ice won the Golden Bear award for the best film, and its lead actor Liao Fan took home the Silver Bear award for best actor. A further Silver Bear for best cinematography went to Tui Na for Blind Massage, a drama with a largely blind cast, set in a massage parlor in Nanjing.
Director Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice is a thriller set in north china in 1999. The police of a small town find a dismembered corpse hidden in a coal pile. Attempting to find the murderer leaves two policemen killed and one heavily injured. Surviving detective Zhang (portrayed by Liao) soon gets suspended and ends up working as a factory guard. But five years later, another series of mysterious murders arises…
Black Coal is the first Chinese film to take the Golden Bear since Wang Quan’an’s Tuya’s Wedding in 2007.
But that is not the most interesting about the movie, it turns out the investors of the movie include raper mogul Eminem, 50 Cent and NBA star Anthony Carmelo.