Diao’s “Black Coal, Thin Ice” took the Berlinale’s Golden Bear and won its star Liao the Silver Bear for best actor.
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The 64th Berlin International Film Festival wrapped up Sunday after a resounding triumph for Asian cinema at its gala awards ceremony, which saw the Golden Bear top prize go to a Chinese noir mystery.Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater won best director prize. Shot over more than a decade with the same actors, his innovative coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" was widely tipped to take the Golden Bear."Blind Massage" ("Tui Na"), the second of three Chinese films in competition at the Berlinale, which featured a cast made up in part of amateur blind actors, snared cinematographer Zeng Jian a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution.The 11-day festival wrapped Sunday with screenings of its most popular features from a lineup of more than 400 movies.The film is virtually unknown in China as it has yet to be released. A Chinese state media report said the movie had already received a state permit for screening with release possible in April or May.
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