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Diao Yinan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Diāo Yìnán; born 1969 in Xi'an, Shaanxi) is a Chinese director, screenwriter and occasional actor. He won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival for Black Coal, Thin Ice.[1]

Diao Yinan
Born (1969-11-30) 30 November 1969 (age 49)
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
OccupationFilm director, Screenwriter
AwardsDragons and Tigers Award
2003 Uniform
Warsaw International Film Festival Grand Prix
2007 Night Train



A graduate of the Central Academy of Drama in 1992, Diao has worked as a screenwriter with directors Shi Runjiu (in All the Way) and Zhang Yang (in Spicy Love Soup and Shower). Additionally, Diao has directed three films of his own, including 2003's Uniform and 2007's Night Train, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival.


As screenwriterEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Director
1997 Spicy Love Soup 爱情麻辣烫 Zhang Yang
1999 Shower 洗澡 Zhang Yang
2001 All the Way 走到底 Shi Runjiu
2003 Uniform 制服 Diao Yinan
2007 Night Train 夜行列车 Diao Yinan
2014 Black Coal, Thin Ice 白日焰火 Diao Yinan
2019 The Wild Goose Lake Diao Yinan

As directorEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Notes
2003 Uniform 制服 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival
2007 Night Train 夜行列车 Premiered in the Un certain regard competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
2014 Black Coal, Thin Ice 白日焰火 Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival

As actorEdit

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Director
2003 All Tomorrow's Parties 明日天涯 Xiao Zhuai Nelson Yu Lik-wai


  1. ^ "Chinese film wins Best Picture at Berlin film festival". BBC. 2014-02-15. Retrieved 2014-02-15.

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