“Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” Xi’an Premiere Director Jia Zhangke Dialogue with Writer Jia Pingwa

September 13, 2021 by archyde

“Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” Xi’an Premiere Director Jia Zhangke Dialogue with Writer Jia Pingwa

2021-09-13 13:29:24Source: Xi’an News Network

Xi’an News Network reported that directed by Jia Zhangke, the movie “Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” with Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua and Liang Hong as the main characters will be released nationwide. On the afternoon of September 12, the film premiered in Xi’an. Director Jia Zhangke and the main character of the film and famous writer Jia Pingwa attended the event.

Jia Pingwa: This is not an entertaining work

At the premiere in Xi’an, the main characters in the film, writer Jia Pingwa, and director Jia Zhangke had a simple conversation after the screening, discussing the relationship between literature and film, and the integration of literature and film in “Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue”.

Jia Pingwa said that the film gave him the most profound feeling: “Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” said that the biggest problem for people is emotional problems.” Jia Zhangke responded in an interview with reporters, “Swimming to the Sea “Turning Blue” is not only a literary documentary, but also shows that through individual experience and literary roots, young people can help them to understand their own “mystery of life experience” by reviewing the history of their families and times. A historical concept of consciousness.

“Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” Xi’an Premiere Director Jia Zhangke Dialogue with Writer Jia Pingwa

Jia Pingwa revealed on the spot that this was the first time he saw the film since the director’s shooting in 2019, and he spoke highly of the film in addition to being pleasantly surprised. “This is not an entertaining work. It has given a lot of thoughts. You can see the living and mental state of the Chinese people in it,” adding that Jia Zhangke is a director with “very Chinese taste”.

“Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” Xi’an Premiere Director Jia Zhangke Dialogue with Writer Jia Pingwa

Jia Zhangke: Literature has always been important

In the question section of the audience, when asked why he chose to collaborate with Shaanxi writer Jia Pingwa, Jia Zhangke responded: “Because Jia Pingwa is the closest to me in terms of emotion and experience among several writers. In the film, Jia Pingwa described the relationship between his family and father. The relationship is exactly what my own father looks like. Maybe because of the surname Jia, we have a natural sense of kinship.”

Facing audiences asking questions about the role and significance of literature in the current society, Jia Zhangke believes that literature has always been important. He said: “The masses are keen on the information exchange of new media and are surrounded by fragmented information. Literature is therefore even more important. Because excellent works always have obvious systematic thinking, presenting a double line of emphasis from the social and historical dimensions.”

Jia Pingwa’s literary works undoubtedly have this kind of thinking. Since the 1980s, he has consciously started his literary creations with his hometown of Shangzhou as a starting point, and devoted himself to the exploration of the traditional national cultural psychology. He has become a “search for roots” with the “Shangzhou Series” novels and prose creations. Representative of “Literature”. His works “Qinqiang”, “Ancient Furnace”, and “With Lamp” have always paid attention to rural China, and truly and vividly reproduce the intense impact and changes brought to the countryside by the great transformation of Chinese society.

The film focuses on the artist group

The reporter learned that “Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” uses three writers born in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua and Liang Hong as the most important narrators. They are the daughter of the late writer Ma Feng. Together, Duan Huifang re-watched individuals and families in social changes, showing the “Chinese past events” since 1949. “Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” is after the artist Liu Xiaodong’s “East” (2006) and the costume designer Marco’s “Useless” (2007), Jia Zhangke once again focused his attention on the group of artists, called Jia Zhangke The final chapter of the “Artist Trilogy”.

“Swimming Until the Sea Turns Blue” is produced by Jia Zhangke’s classic team, with Yu Liwei as the director of photography, Zhang Yang as the recording director, and Kong Jinlei as the editing director. The film has been screened at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the 4th Pingyao International Film Festival, the 58th New York Film Festival and many other domestic and foreign film festivals, all of which have received enthusiastic responses. The New York Times listed the film as the top ten must-see films at the 2020 New York Film Festival. The film will be screened nationwide on September 19.

Text/Picture: Zeng Shixiang, an all-media reporter from Xi’an Newspaper

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Natasha Kumar

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