The Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based sales and finance company will handle all rights outside mainland China.
Starring Liao Fan and Gwei Lun Mei, the film is the story of a former police detective who falls in love with a mysterious woman who seems to be linked to a series of murders he is investigating.
“Thin Ice” is the third feature from Diao, who previously directed 2007 Cannes title “Night Train.”
It was produced by Vivian Qu as a presentation by Omnijoi Media Corporation, Boneyard Entertainment China, and China Film Company.
BEC is the Hong Kong-based film finance unit of New York-based Boneyard Entertainment, which has financed films including Billy Bob Thornton’s “Sling Blade” and Hal Hartley’s “Henry Fool.” Omnijoi is a large private-sector Chinese media investor and producer with credits including “ Bodyguards and Assassins” and “Let the Bullets Fly.” It also has 20 movie theaters and more than 300 screens in Jiangsu, Sichuan, Shanxi and Hubei provinces.
“The film has a fresh style with elements of film noir and powerful emotion which will appeal to audiences around the world,” said producer Wan Juan.