Diao Yinan, born 1969 in Xi'an / Shaanxi is a Chinese director, screenwriter and occasional actor.
He is a leading figure in China’s avant-garde theater, and has also written screenplays.
Yinan graduated with a degree in literature and screenwriting from the numerous Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. His avant-garde plays include: A Fastrunner or Nowhere to Hide, Pavel Korchigan, and Comrade Ah Q. His screenplays for other directors include: Spicy Love Soup, Shower, All the Way and Eternal Moment. As an actor, he starred in Yu Likwai’s independent feature All Tomorrow’s Parties, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes Film Festival in 2003.
He wrote and directed his debut feature Uniform in 2003; the film went on to win the Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was released in several countries. He wrote and directed his second feature, Night Train in 2007; it premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival the same year, winning critical acclaim for its minimalist style and it secured distribution throughout Europe.
In 2014 he wrote and directed his third feature Black Coal, Thin Ice
and with this movie he won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.
Spicy Love Soup
All the Way
Uniform (2003) - Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival
Night Train (2007) - Premiered in the Un certain regard competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) - Winner of the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival
still frame from the movie Black Coal Thin Ice (2014)
I wanted to make a detective film depicting life in contemporary China. My aim was not only to investigate a mystery and find out the truth about the people involved, but also to create a true representation of our new reality. Demonstrate people's courage to make moral choices when facing the truth, and to help today's Chinese be less tense.