SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE
Directed by Jia Zhang-Ke
2020, 112 minutes
From master director Jia Zhang-Ke (Ash Is Purest White, A Touch of Sin) comes a vital document of Chinese society since 1949. Jia interviews three prominent authors—Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong—born in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, respectively. In their stories, we hear of the dire circumstances they faced in their rural villages and small towns, and the substantial political effort undertaken to address it, from the social revolution of the 1950s through the unrest of the late 1980s. In their faces, we see full volumes left unsaid. Jia weaves it all together with his usual brilliance. SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE is an indispensable account of a changing China from one of the countrys foremost cinematic storytellers.
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Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection - The New York Film Festival
Official Selection - Busan International Film Festival
Official Selection - Sheffield International Documentary Festival
"An ode to the importance of art that is a work of art itself, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue is yet another fascinating look at contemporary China courtesy of Jia Zhang-Ke."
- Film Inquiry
"In this leisurely paced, quietly moving film, Jia pays tribute to writers who connect modern urban culture to its provincial roots, and the current era to one that’s quickly being lost to living memory."
- Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
"Examines the evolution of a village in the northern province of Shanxi…How did it change? The answer is found in a complicated weave of progress and loss, in changes etched in the faces of people given the time and attention to explain what they have seen."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Moving and fascinating... the richly detailed stories of writers' lives peer deep into family troubles and personal struggles and link them to the grand forces of history."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
The conversion of a state-owned munitions factory into luxury high-rise apartments allows for an acute appreciation of Socialism's impact on the Chinese people and the complex social changes transforming the country in this masterful new documentary from Jia Zhang-ke.