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Berlin: 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Wins Golden Bear, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Jury Prize & Richard Linklater Best Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 10:07 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel
The curtain has been drawn on another year at the Berlin Film Festival, and in 2014, it looks like Hollywood made a bigger impression than usual when it came to the awards. While the big prize went to one of the three Chinese films in competition, elsewhere American indie faves took home some major trophies.

Berlin Review: ‘Black Coal, Thin Ice’ A Distinct But Confounding Noir Tale

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2014 10:04 AM
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Black Coal, Thin Ice
One of the major narratives coming into the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, which ends this weekend, was the inclusion of three Chinese films in the main competition. And each of those films in turn seemed to represent an aspect of a national cinema that is still, to those of us in the West, often something of a mystery: “Blind Massage” comes from director Lou Ye, who has had a checkered history with the Chinese censors, having been banned from filmmaking several times over due to what they deem controversial depictions of gender and sexuality; “No Man’s Land” is a straight-up state-funded genre Western from Ning Hao; and “Black Coal, Thin Ice” lies somewhere in the middle on the political and aesthetic spectrum, blending elements of genre and elements of social realist commentary in a manner perhaps closest in spirit to Jia Zhangke’s Cannes entry “A Touch of Sin."

Exclusive: Follow The Hand In Clip From 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' Premiering At The Berlin Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 10:10 AM
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Black Coal, Thin Ice
Slowly building a name for himself on the international film scene with previous efforts "Uniform" and "Night Train," director Yi'nan Diao heads to the Berlin International Film Festival this week for the first time with "Black Coal, Thin Ice." And with the film slated to screen in-competition for the Golden Bear, it bodes well for what audiences are about to experience.

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