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Ice Poison

Bing du
Taiwan, Burma 2014, 95’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Midi Z
screenplay: Midi Z
cinematography: Fan Sheng-siang
editing: Lin Sheng-wen, Midi Z
sound: Chou Cheng
cast: Wang Shin-hong, Wu Ke-xi, Zhou Cai-chang, Yang Shu-lan, Li Shang-da, Yang Shi-sun, Yang Da-die, Yang Da-ma, Kao San-mei, Zhou Ying-shen
producer: Midi Z, Law Bing-chi, Lee Li-fong
language: Burmese, Yunnan Chinese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Edinburgh IFF – najlepszy film w konkursie międzynarodowym / Best Film in International Competition; Taipei FF – najlepsza reżyseria / best Director, nagroda dziennikarzy / Press Award; Tajwański kandydat do Oscara w kategorii filmów nieanglojęzycznych / 2014 Taiwanese Oscars entry

Film description

Midi Z, the director of "Return to Burma" and "Poor Folk," sets the action of his third film in his hometown, Lashio, near the Northern border with China. The characters, played by the director's usual set of actors, come from the Chinese diaspora in Burma. The young farmer, growing a small field of vegetables with his father, looks for other ways of earning money – he buys a ruin of a scooter, trying to work as a taxi driver. He meets a girl who returned to the country from China to say goodbye to her dying grandfather. Sanmei talks him into a partnership, which will raise them from poverty: they will sell "ice" – methamphetamine.

Agnieszka Szeffel

Midi Z

Born in 1982, in Burma, to a family of Chinese origins. At the age of 16, he emigrated from the country in search of work. He found it at the construction sites in Taiwan and studied directing simultaneously. "Paloma Blanca", his diploma short feature, was shown at many international festivals. In 2009, he was accepted to Hou Hsiao-hsien's Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy. His debut, "Return to Burma", shown in the main competition at Rotterdam IFF, was the first Burmese film showing the country just after the democratic elections from the point of view of the Chinese minority. Midi Z was a guest of Five Flavours FF in 2013.


2011 Powrót do Birmy / Gui lai de ren/ Return to Burma
2012 Biedni ludzie / Poor Folk
2013 Hai shang huang gung / The Palace on the Sea (kr.m.)
2013 Taipei Factory (nowela
"Silent Asylum")
Letters from the South (nowela "Burial Clothes")
2014 Biała śmierć / Bing du / Ice Poison

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