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International Perspective

Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

Yi Zhi You Dao Hai Shui Bian Lan

China 2020 Documentary cor 111 min.

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 Zhangke’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.

Presented at Berlin International Film Festival.

China history literature social portrait documentary international festivals


Jia Zhangke


Jia Zhangke, Wan Jiahuan


Yu Lik-wai


Kong Jing-Lei


Zhao Tao

produzido por

Xstream Pictures, Huaxia Film Distribution Co.

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