桃園電影節向不同的母親致敬
《健美皇后》澳洲原住民母親直率面對不堪過往
《她的母親》描繪掙扎在受害者家屬及支持廢死的兩難


《她的母親》女主角 西山諒

桃園電影節這次放映多部跳脫典型母親形象的作品,其中《健美皇后》講述兩位澳洲原住民女性面對傳統文化中難以啟齒的處境,例如健康問題、家暴及精神疾病,而《她的母親》則從受害者家屬以及支持廢死的多重掙扎來切入,在大家歡度母親節的時刻顯得格外有意義。

《健美皇后》澳洲女導演夏沙為記者出身,因此長期關注弱勢族群及原住民議題,在映後座談時她也大方分享本片在籌備過程當中的瘋狂轉折,電影的概念其實來自於其中一位被攝者塔許,他們從電視台取得資金、並向許多健身房教練等得到免費教學的資源,但拍攝中途塔許就放棄了,而且罹患憂鬱症,全面拒絕配合,所以電影其實無法拍到他們參加阿諾經典賽,最後走向描述兩位女子面對家暴的過去、走出人生谷底和友情支持的紀錄片,有趣的是,在作品完成後,出資的電視台非常喜歡,但原先以為紀錄片會推廣健美運動的健身房、教練們則感到尷尬,而主角之一的塔許非常興奮地致電導演,說她正在練習拳擊,要求導演再拍下一部,讓夏沙哭笑不得。

停留桃影數天的夏沙,對於台灣電影的高品質非常驚艷,並立刻發信給在澳洲策展的朋友,詢問她能否多邀請台灣的作品,並透過桃影的安排,準備將臺灣獎的紀錄片集體推薦到 Antenna Documentary Film Festival


《健美皇后》導演 Sascha

《她的母親》女主角西山諒是劇團出身的硬底子演員,這次能來參加電影節完全是驚喜,因為策展團隊原先預期只能邀請到導演出席,沒想到在開展前一刻西山諒主動聯絡團隊,說自己很想來參加電影節,甚至願意自掏腰包前來,只因和台灣觀眾會面的機會難得。昨日《她的母親》座談上,西山諒回憶起這部電影的拍攝過程難掩激動、一度落淚,她感性的說,雖然拍片過程十分辛苦,但現在能在台灣放映,讓她覺得很感動。西山諒提到,這部低成本的電影僅在兩週內完成,雖然拍攝行程緊湊,但由於她所飾演的角色內心無比沉重、痛苦,所以後來也慶幸詮釋這個角色的時間不需太長。此外,西山諒也分享最令她印象深刻的一場戲,當女主角終於發現事情的真相時崩潰大哭,導演要求她演法要有層次,且要一哭到位,但那場戲其實是劇組拍攝的第二天,難度之高讓她備感壓力到最後是被導演罵才哭出來的。

 

The Taoyuan Film Festival Pays Tribute to Mothers 

In this year’s selection, the Festival showcases films with atypical mothers in the central roles. Screened on the 14th of May to coincide with Mother's Day, Destination Arnold (2016) by Sascha Ettinger-Epstein is the classic example of how everything does not quite go as planned in the world of documentary filmmaking. The original idea for the film, as said by the journalist turned director to the Taoyuan audience, was about two aboriginal woman bodybuilders who tried to make it to “The Arnolds,” the first ever bodybuilding competition held in Australia that was initiated by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once the director secured the funds and was about to start filming, however, she found out that the two protagonists had became “really fat” by bodybuilder standard and were by no mean qualified to take part in the competition. One of the protagonists Tash even wanted to drop out from the project, while going through a depression herself. The director thought it would be just an easy piece of work that took at most 6 months to finish, she winded up spending 2 years to get it done. Instead of being a celebration of the triumph of the underdog, the final film is more of a heartfelt portrait of the ultimate survivors who tried to make peace with their inner demons.  Despite the dramas of the production, the director hoped that the film can bring awareness to the health issues and domestic violence that affect a lot of people in the aboriginal community. 

The screening of Yoshinori SATO’s heart-wrenching drama Her Mother (2016) was attended by its lead actress Ryo Nishiyama who was moved to tears while receiving applause from the Taiwanese audience for her determined performance. The Japanese actress explained that the difficult subject matter of death penalty and the intense shooting schedule put a lot of pressure on her emotionally. Luckily, the shooting finished in just 14 days due to budget constraints that she did not need to go through the emotional turmoil demanded for the character for too long.  When asked how she prepared the scene where she burst into tears after discovering the truth about what happened to her daughter, the actress said that, since it was shot on the second day of the shooting, she wasn’t ready for such an emotionally charged scene, so the director actually pushed her to her limit that she effortlessly transformed the stress she experienced into her acting.