桃園電影節臺灣獎評審展開看片行程
光影電影館戶外放映楊德昌經典之作《獨立時代》、《麻將》
《明日之海》哈薩克女導演稱呼老師荷索為英雄

桃園電影節臺灣獎紀錄片競賽評審,包含日本導演森達也、中國導演張贊波、印度導演夏雪莉,與臺灣導演鴻鴻、作家楊索會合後,立刻展開看片行程,屆時將和桃園在地「市民評審團」評選出總獎金105萬的四大獎項,並於本週日(5/21)舉行頒獎典禮及首獎放映。另外,電影節將在5/19和5/20戶外放映楊德昌導演經典之作《獨立時代》《麻將》,楊導弟子王維明、姜秀瓊導演將專程前來和觀眾分享與楊導共事的點滴。而遠從哈薩克來訪的《明日之海》導演卡特琳娜.蘇沃羅娃(Katerina Suvorova)除了和觀眾分享創作理念外,身為德國電影大師韋納.荷索(Werner Herzog)的親弟子,也將特別出席5/20荷索新作《鹽與火之歌》映後座談,跟大家聊聊心中的偶像。


張贊波導演、森達也導演、作家楊索、夏雪莉導演、鴻鴻導演(由左至右)

臺灣獎評審之一的導演兼作家森達也,曾以《A》《A2》驚艷國際,這次電影節將放映導演暌違多年的新作《貝多芬的謊言》,該片聚焦日本古典音樂界醜聞事件的主角,導演將在5/21場次播映後,進行「紀錄片中的道德」主題講座;另位評審張贊波導演,從事獨立紀錄電影創作多年,長期關注中國高速發展下的個體尊嚴與生命處境,作品《天降》《大路朝天》也會在影展期間放映;評審夏雪莉導演為獨立電影人,曾任麥可.摩爾(Michael Moore)助理剪輯,作品《請別打我,長官!》和以印度廟宇為題的《壁畫說》是電影節選映;活躍劇場界的評審鴻鴻,則曾擔任楊德昌導演《牯嶺街少年殺人事件》《獨立時代》的合作編劇,作品《3橘之戀》《為了明天歌唱》也在電影節播映;評審楊索則擔任記者多年,專門報導底層人物,深刻觀察台灣社會,著有《我的賭徒阿爸》等書。臺灣獎頒獎典禮將在5/21下午兩點於中壢星橋國際影城舉行。

楊德昌導演生平7又1/4部劇情電影中,僅有《獨立時代》和《麻將》尚未數位化,所以主辦單位將以35釐米拷貝進行放映,為此還特別邀請曾在總統府前廣場放映《賽德克巴萊》及中正紀念堂自由廣場放映《看見台灣》的專業團隊來執行,將在桃園光影電影館架設全套設備,和觀眾分享這難得的兩部作品。5/19除放映《獨立時代》,同場加映楊導弟子姜秀瓊導演出執導筒之作《跳格子》,連同5/20《麻將》的兩場戶外放映皆為免費入場外,主辦單位還貼心安排接駁車,方便各地觀眾前來觀影。屆時曾出演《獨立時代》的導演王維明將和姜秀瓊導演將特地前來與觀眾交流。

此外,紀錄鹹海消失的《明日之海》導演卡特琳娜首次來台,她表示四面環海、人口稠密的台灣恰好與人口稀少、位處內陸的哈薩克是強烈的對比,但卻相似地面臨生態危機,同時也提到在蘇聯解體前,哈薩克其實是政治犯或罪犯流放的地方,因此構成當地人口組成多元的特色。由於卡特琳娜曾接受荷索的電影指導,且同樣探討自然議題的荷索新作《鹽與火之歌》也會在電影節放映,所以主辦單位特別邀請她擔任《鹽與火之歌》映後與談人,令人驚訝的是,卡特琳娜不但一口答應,還興奮的直呼荷索是她的英雄,非常樂意和大家談談這位今年獲頒坎城終身成就獎的電影大師。

 《明日之海》導演 Katerina Suvorova

Juries Arrive for the Taiwan Awards Competition

In an effort to support and promote Taiwanese documentary production, this year’s Festival launched a new competition program “Taiwan Awards” where 15 Taiwanese documentary films were selected to compete for over NT1 million dollars. In addition to the Taoyuan Audience Award, 3 grand prizes will be presented at the award ceremony held on May 21. Comprised of international professionals in the film industry, including Japanese director Tatsuya Mori, Chinese director Zhang Zanbo, Indian director Shashwati Talukdar, Taiwanese poet/director Hung Hung, and Taiwanese writer Sol YANG, the jury members already arrived and began to review the competition films despite their tight schedule.

Director Katarina Suvorova from Kazakhstan also arrived to present her eco-documentary Sea Tomorrow (2015) premiering on May 18. Contrary to Taiwan which is a densely populated island, Kazakhstan is a landlocked country with low population density. Suvorova explained that, as part of the former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan used to be the place to which convicted criminals and political prisoners were exiled, leading to an ethnically diverse population. A former student at the Rogue Film School founded by Werner Herzog whose ecological-triller Salt and Fire (2016) is also included in the festival’s lineup, Suvorova was delighted when invited to the post-screening Q&A session to share about her study experience with the German master whom she considered a hero.

The Festival will also run two free outdoor screenings in rare 35mm format of Edward YANG's A Confucian Confusion (1994) and Mahjong (1996) respectively on May 19 and May 20 at the New Matsu Village. Director WANG Wei-Ming and Chiang Hsiu-Chiung will also attend the screening to meet with the audience.