Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

 

China | 2020 | DCP | Color | 111 min | Jia Zhang-ke

FRIDAY 2 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 19:30 HRS. | 111 MIN

FRIDAY 9 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES SALA 5 | 15:30 HRS. | 111 MIN

Director: Jia Zhang-ke

Screenplay: Jia Zhang-Ke, Wan Jiahuan

Producer: Zhao Tao
Cinematography: Yu Lik-Wai
Editing: Kong Jing-Lei

Sound: Zhang Yang

Production Company: XSTREAM PICTURES (SHANXI), HUAXIA FILM DISTRIBUTION CO., LTD.

Synopsis:

In May 2019, a large number of prominent Chinese writers and scholars gathered in a village in China’s Shanxi Province – which happens to be Jia Zhang-ke’s native province. Images from this literary event open an 18-chapter ‘symphony’ which spans the history of Chinese society since 1949. The story is told through memories of the late writer-activist Ma Feng and the testimonies of three major writers who are active today: Jia Pingwa (born in the 1950s), Yu Hua (born in the 1960s) and Liang Hong (born in the 1970s). These writers recount their own lives and literary careers, which allows the film to weave a 70-year spiritual history of the Chinese people.

Biography:

Jia Zhang-Ke was born in Fenyang, Shanxi, in 1970 and graduated from Beijing Film Academy. His debut feature Xiao Wu won prizes in Berlin, Vancouver and elsewhere. Since then, his films have routinely premiered in the major European festivals. Still Life  won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2006, A Touch Of Sin won the Best Screenplay prize in Cannes in 2013 and Mountains May Depart and Ash Is Purest White were in competition in Cannes 2015 and 2018. Several of his films have blurred the lines between fiction and documentary.

Festivals:

Berlin International Film Festival – 2020, Germany

 

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