— by Joshua Brunsting: Few directors are as deft at floating between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking as beloved Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke. Between crafting engrossing epics like Ash Is Purest White and captivating looks into Chinese history like I Wish I Knew, Jia has become one of world cinema’s most transfixing artists.

Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue is the director’s latest film and his return to documentary since the above mentioned I Wish I Knew (not including his short work in pieces like 2011’s Yulu), and is yet another compelling deep dive into the recent-ish history of China as seen through the eyes of those men and women who made a trade of reflecting that through pieces of writing…

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