Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

  • Documentary
  • 2020
  • 112 Minutes
  • China
  • Language: Mandarin

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...

Director: Jia Zhang-Ke

Screenwriter: Jia Zhang-Ke, Wan Jiahuan

Production Company: Huaxia Film Distribution, Shanghai Group Corporation, Shanxi Film and Television Group, HuaxinKylin Culture Media, Wisharty Media, Huayi Brothers Pictures, Shi Dian Culture Communication, We Entertainment

Premier Status: National premiere



2020: Berlin International Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Jia Zhang-Ke, Wan Jiahuan

Producer: Zhao Tao

Editor: Kong Jing-Lei

Sound: Zhang Yang

DOP / Camera: Yu Lik-wai

Cast: Duan Huifang, Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, Liang Hong


Jia Zhang-Ke

Born in Fenyang, China in 1970, he graduated from the Beijing Film Academy. His debut feature film, Xiao Wu, screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1998. Since then, his films have regularly premiered at major European festivals. Still Life won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2006, A Touch Of Sin received the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2013, and Mountains May Depart and Ash Is Purest White featured in competition at Cannes in 2015 and 2018, respectively.

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