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Special Presentations

SWIMMING OUT UNTIL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

Year 2020
Runtime 112 mins
Language Mandarin
Subtitles English Subtitles
Streaming Information
  • Online & In-Cinema
  • Availability: Full Festival

The preeminent cinematic chronicler of 21st-century China, Jia Zhangke (last seen at CIFF two years ago with his masterful ASH IS PUREST WHITE) turns his sights to the more distant past in his surprising, complexly wrought new documentary.

In Shanxi province, where Jia grew up, the filmmaker gathers three prominent authors—Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong—and evokes the legacy of the late writer Ma Feng, to create a tapestry of testimonies about the drastic changes in Chinese life and culture that began with the social revolution of the ’50s.

In 18 chapters, interspersed with evocative, impressionistic interludes, Jia tells a wide-ranging, discursive story that touches upon movements in literature, the experiences of farmers and intellectuals, and urban versus rural living, and functions as a reminder of the essential power of verbally passing down history to future generations.

Countries

China
Festivals
Berlinale 2020, New York Film Festival 2020
Director
Jia Zhangke
Producer
Zhao Tao
Screenwriter
Jia Zhangke
Cinematographer
Nelson Yu Lik-Wai
Cast
Huifang Duan, Liang Hong, Yu Hua, Pingwa Jia