Berlin Film Festival: Chinese film Black Coal, Thin Ice wins best film and best actor awards

Diao Yinan's noir drama was the only film to win more than one prize from the jury

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Chinese film Black Coal, Thin Ice won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Diao Yinan's noir drama follows the investigation into a series of murders in northern China at the turn of the millennium. Black Coal, Thing Ice was the only film to win more than one award from the jury headed by James Schamus. Actor Liao Fan also picked up the Best Actor Silver Bear.

Richard Linkater won Best Director prize for his much admired Boyhood. Filmed over the course of 12 years, the film depicts the growing pains of a young boy (Ellar Coltrane) as he copes with life after the divorce of his parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). Accepting the award, Linklater thanked the entire crew, “This prize is for best director but I'll accept it for best ensemble.

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel took the Grand Jury Prize. 91 year-old Alain Resnais won the Alfred Bauer Prize for his adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn play Life of Riley. Japanese star Hari Kuroki won the best actress prize.

Prizes of the International Jury

Golden Bear for best film (awarded to the film's producer)

Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan

Silver Bear Grand Jury prize

The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives

Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley) by Alain Resnais

Silver Bear for best director

Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Silver Bear for best actress

Haru Kuroki in Chiisai Ouchi (The Little House) by Yoji Yamada

Silver Bear for best actor

Liao Fan in Bai Ri Yan Huo (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan

Silver Bear for best script

Dietrich Brüggemann, Anna Brüggemann for Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross) by Dietrich Brüggemann

Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution in the categories camera, editing, music score, costume or set design

Zeng Jian for the camera in Tui Na (Blind Massage) by Lou Ye