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Black Coal, Thin Ice takes Best Picture at Berlin Film Festival

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Story by Jack Foley

CHINESE film Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) has won The Golden Bear for best picture at the Berlin international film festival.

The film, which follows an overweight detective as he hunts for a serial killer, also took best actor for Liao Fan (who plays the detective).

Upon being named best picture, the film’s surprised director Diao Yinan said: “It’s really hard to believe this dream has come true.”

Other main prizes went to Haru Kuroki, who won best actress for her role in the Japanese movie Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House) and to American filmmaker Richard Linklater, who was crowned best director for his latest, Boyhood.

Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, which opened the festival, took the Silver Bear grand jury prize, while Ethiopian film Difret, based on a real case of bride abduction in Ethiopia, took the audience award.

The Berlin Film Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious film showcases in the world and an eight-person jury, headed by American director and producer James Schamus, decided the awards.

However, some critics complained of a lack of strong entries this year, as well as a lack of films with a strong political or social agenda.

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