Fri 12 July | 20:00 | Pálás Screen 1

2023 | China | 97’

Mandarin Chinese, Korean (English Subtitles)

Three lost souls find tentative connection in a frozen world in this delicate and lyrical poem about alienation and the nostalgia of youth. Set in the cold winter of Yanji, a town on China’s northeastern border, The Breaking Ice follows the blossoming relationship between three young adults in their 20s. The young urbanite Haofeng, visiting from Shanghai, feels lost and adrift. By chance, he goes on a tour led by Nana, a charming guide who instantly fascinates him, and introduces him to Xiao, a personable but frustrated restaurant worker. Over the course of a weekend, the three quickly bond as they confront their individual traumas, and their desires slowly thaw. 
Presented in collaboration with the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (EAFFI) 

Irish Premiere  |  Post-show discussion will follow

Director: Anthony Chen
Producers/Writers: Meng Xie, Anthony Chen
Cast: Haoran Liu, Dongyu Zhou, Chuxiao Qu

Principal funder