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ICE POISON

Directed by Midi Z
FEATURE NARRATIVE 95 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE ICE POISON
Faced with diminishing returns on his harvest, a poor young farmer in Myanmar pawns his cow for a moped and seeks alternative income as a taxi driver. Among his first fares is a woman who has returned home for her grandfather’s funeral and is making a new start after escaping an arranged marriage in China. Together, they are lured into one of the few lucrative business opportunities available in the area: selling “ice poison” (crystal meth) around town.

With three feature films under his belt, Burmese-Taiwanese director, Midi Z, has developed a naturalistic cinematic language that allows a documentary-like intimacy with his characters. In his latest work, he has crafted a measured drama that balances the daily hardships faced by many in Myanmar with moments of joy shared by his characters—from the glowing neon lights of a karaoke bar to the freedom of the open road, and the tainted promise of the drug that allows for a fleeting escape but threatens to continue their cycle of poverty.

-Ian Hollander
Drama, Relationships
About the Director(s)
Midi Z was born in Myanmar and trained as an artist in Taiwan. His first and second features, Return to Burma (2011) and Poor Folk (2012), had very successful festival runs around the world. In 2013, Midi Z was commissioned to participate as a director in an omnibus feature project, Taipei Factory, which world premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival. His latest feature film, Ice Poison, had its world premiere at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2014
  • Length:
    95 minutes
  • Language:
    Burmese, Chinese
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Midi Z
  • Screenwriter:
    Midi Z
  • Producer:
    Midi Z, Patrick Mao Huang
  • Editor:
    Lin Sheng-Wen, Midi Z
  • Associate Producer:
    Law Bing-Chi, Lee Li-Fong, Li Ming, Qin Yu, Tan Chui Mui
  • Cinematographer:
    Fan Sheng-Siang
  • Executive Producer:
    Patrick Mao Huang
  • Location Sound/Sound Designer:
    Chou Cheng
  • Art Director:
    Zhao Zhi-Tang
  • Cast:
    Wu Ke-Xi, Wang Shin-Hong, Zhou Cai Chang, Yang Shu Lan, Li Shang Da

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Patrick Mao Huang
    Flash Forward Entertainment
    New Taipei City, 23574
    Phone: +886229262839
    patrick@ffe.com.tw
  • US Sales Contact
    Patrick Mao Huang
    Flash Forward Entertainment
    New Taipei City, 23574
    Phone: +886229262839
    patrick@ffe.com.tw
  • International Sales Contact
    Patrick Mao Huang
    Flash Forward Entertainment
    New Taipei City, 23574
    Phone: +886229262839
    patrick@ffe.com.tw
  • Press Contact
    Tiffany Malloy
    Sunshine Sachs
    New York, 10013
    Phone: 201 925 1122
    malloy@sunshinesachs.com

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