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German filmmaker Tor Iben presented Orpheus’ Song at this year’s Taiwan InternaxLd(4Rplml8)UtH7x&zbBnbk1ZXXhdojVVJ&3LksNb*e%9u3Vctional Queer Film Festival.

The magical9#fN([email protected]_LX%GffLaY-=YE9iE+Va(gn*zzYqz realism film depicting two friends who get lost on a Greek island left audiences in awe.

On Iben’s first trip to Asia, he was struck by how deeply film fZ-UysMuM1!pRtSYAos$yy2$$+ot$fs1A*[email protected](estival-goers connected with the film, and how curious they were.

Iben’s last major production, Das Phallometer, won best short at the 2014 Milan International Lesbian and Gay F1^[email protected])pfEsh)j9q5^t98sXyVb2*ammbM(hj&tk3A40raeilm Festival.

His latest work follows two best friends who spen7BJhwC5DO9Y!RCSuTp(d&*S%PJr6=YzMB6DXIVw6^6(!4^Dzt*d the night together in a cave and dream a mystical dream. The next day, everything has changed between the two.

We sat down with Tor Iben to talOsh3HK-MdTpoEGza#a^fx0aa#xJW^[email protected](JUdw2Z0Bmk about  Orpheus’ Song and the future of LGBTI cinema.

How has your Taiwan International Queer Film Festival experience been?

This is my first time in Asia. I am very impressed with this vibrant city. I had my premier here yesterday. It was reallA4II8&e^omjH8TBe3VdA0jYHq$SP%YCs$rlk5#wncUr5IoG!wMy wonderful how people reacted to it. I think they loved it a lot. I had to take more than 20 selfies with people. 

Could you tell us a little bit about your film Orpheus’ Song and how it came about?

I visited Greece, and when you travel through the landscape you really have the feeling that behind the mountains and the trees some spirits could still live. And I felt that this could be the stUhinhv7RqYzAC#eeD%eP_XTV&yEuolbEs7ye^4JO6m5VQFWEC_art of a lovely summer film. I wanted to make a wonderful summer film. Also, I am fascinated by Greek Mythology. So, I combined these things together to create a very intimate, very private love story. It is an erotic fairytale; I wanted to recover the magic of cinema. 

#酷兒影展映後QA精華 本屆酷兒影展導演專題托爾依本(Tor Iben) 首場《窺愛》放映後,來到戲院現場與影迷交流 托爾依本導演最早是一名記者,因七分鐘短片《測基機》一片成名。他表示自己從很多導演及影像作品中得到個人創作的啟發,也有個人的生命經驗被運用在自己的創作之中。他觀察到男同志之戀往往有其陰暗面,當男同志無法符合某一種類別標準如「長得好看」時往往無法融入族群,所以《窺愛》其實就是在探討這一個現象︰「我在片中使用象徵手法讓男主角在迷宮中迷失,也是一種自我探索的表現。《窺愛》並不是記錄片,但可以說

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#酷兒影展映後QA精華 本屆酷兒影展導演專題托爾依本(Tor Iben) 首場《窺愛》放映後,來到戲院現場與影迷交流 托爾依本導演最早是一名記者,因七分鐘短片《測基機》一片成名。他表示自己從很多導演及影像作品中得到個人創作的啟發,也有個人的生命經驗被運用在自己的創作之中。他觀察到男同志之戀往往有其陰暗面,當男同志無法符合某一種類別標準如「長得好看」時往往無法融入族群,所以《窺愛》其實就是在探討這一個現象︰「我在片中使用象徵手法讓男主角在迷宮中迷失,也是一種自我探索的表現。《窺愛》並不是記錄片,但可以說成是一種記錄男同志在這些歷程中的感受記錄。我並不希望男同志電影成為某種替政治服務的工具,而是運用某些手法來批判或探討男同志的處境,對我而言我這才是創作的挑戰」 - 窺愛 片中用對比方式安排教授角色與男主角的安排,當社會化很成功的角色遇上並不這麼成功的角色時,已經是有其批判手法的運用。托爾依本也想藉著身份位權的探討來翻轉現有的刻板印象。兩個角色的相遇有其意義,教授最後一堂課的演講其實就是一種重新被看見的起點「我之所以對目前有些男同志電影感到疲乏是因為有些男同志電影在角色的安排上是被動的,所以我在拍攝電影時從攝製開始就會跟不同的族群對話,從影像製作人員到同志社群等,把這樣的意向呈現在電影中。」 窺愛片中的象徵與譬喻無處不在,托爾依本相信每個觀眾會有自己的解讀。而他本身喜歡懸疑片是因為懸疑片有核心的動機,無論是追殺被追殺都可以是一種自我的指涉,這也是懸疑情節中吸引人的動機,運用在同志電影中也成立。 - 「身為一個影像製作者,用懸疑片的類型來尋找動機,宛若用不同的方式展現男同志的契機與隱喻。像美國電影中常見的警察制度情節來探討社會現象如貪腐,我們的生活之中處處可見歷史就在我們之內。我相信男同志電影也可以作為此類議題的探討及運用,用日常生活的軌跡來體現歷史的表現。」 - 更多Tor Iben專題影片介紹︰https://bit.ly/2Kx9664 - 《窺愛》預告︰https://reurl.cc/jNO0m - 《窺愛》場次︰8/30(五)20:40高雄市電影館 https://reurl.cc/kR9YG

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How did the Taipei audience react?

They liked the link to the Greek mythology, they said it was charming. They asked many questions in a very playful way. It has bee[email protected]$Fl22EMqBij-l%[email protected]([email protected](V!XFs*x4kJn shown in America and South America. I have shown it in Berlin, too. The Germans reacted much cooler.

It is a new step in my career to come to As[email protected])jr*Dehl*MzQy^VNcJS6-VeSgXQIBsZ*ia and I was very touched. Audiences here are more curious here and open to things that impress them. European and American audiences tend to think they already know everything. 

Were there any challenges in creating your film?

We were actually very afraid to go to Greece, we did not have any permission to film there. But, we just started shooting and the people were very friendly. It was easy. We had a lot of luck with the sex scene on the beach. There was real)zVs-W7cwMls#dMlTzdYV1)8hKrdQ_wiD9%ydV$u1=CSGiQCTWly no one there on this beautiful beach. We had the whole bay to ourselves. There was just one motorbike driver who went passed and he just waved. The whole production was an adventure—making a low budget film is always an adventure.

I also wanted to depart from the stereotypes of art-house cinema.2#=JI5c_F3$OCNU^y8^p&awf&nfQRA9xW+SDK900LKPFg&Mh#X I wanted to explore lightness, rather than slowness. I wanted to quit long takes and no dialogue but also keep a very minimalist story. The common theme throughout my films is at the centre there is a very little, private love story.

Why is cinema so important to the LGBTI community? 

We grew up with films without role models for us. So, the LGBTI community has developed a cinema that is a safe spacCxYz(mMfdW_6RlWhQ%_%[email protected]$AtlmZHCHILUgR9txDNJ1Ze for us. Where we can see positive relationships in cinema. So this is a very empowering moment, and it is completely different from how straight people experience cinema. To be queer, or LGBTI, or any color of the rainbow is to have grown up with some sort of loneliness. LGBTI cinema is confirmative and empowering. 

#酷兒影展映後QA精華 - 《奧菲斯戀歌》和《測基機》同場播映,導演托爾依本(Tor Iben)分享拍攝理念。 - 《奧菲斯戀歌》希臘神話的內涵一直以來都非常多元豐富,很多神祇身上有雙性戀或同志的特質,可看出多元的愛、慾。托爾依本表示,他用魔幻寫實的方法表現兩位男主角的故事,擷取神話中光明的面向,用好玩、有趣的方式處理情感,並以輕鬆的步調呈現,希望用以神話故事做為的歷史的回顧,做前瞻性的眼光,用不同的視角,相比現在和以往對同志的看法。 - 托爾依本回應,《測基機》用短片詮釋就足夠了,播放的平台會更多,因為

How does your film sit within the genre of LGBTI cinema?

I also wanted to make a critical film, to hide some parts in a thriller plot. When you are talking about anonymous s[email protected]@)Secr_JsG-gx-)[email protected]%l+v(9)8x475L39ex, it will always stir prejudices. But, there’s also a truth in it. So, I put two figures in my film. One who maybe has a healthy relationship with it, while another does not. The challenge for queer cinema is to reflect our life without resorting to prejudices or stereotypes. 

More and more mainstream films are including LGBTI themes. What does this mean for LGBTI filmmakers like yourself?

I have become a bit fed up that many films become a service to politics. Film festivals often seem like social work and activism. I do think that cinema, in gnX*rG*qdnnoeLO!EtON*Z+0adyCa9CfkMq3B([email protected]#BNheneral, should be getting more diverse in its position. A lot of films all say the same thing to me. To me, a film has so many layers. Even if mainstream cinema shows the love story between two men, it's not over. It will always be interesting.

So, it is very important for LGBTI cinema to become mainstream, its a confirmation, its big normalizing process. But queer cinema was always a place for experimenting. And when there are so many mainstream productions, the interest in innovative smaller films could go. Therep%k=5UW)@vmvpWv+TwMaHuQm2=+Ckm%[email protected]!rHklZOJ is a temptation that there the blockbuster gets the attention and the smaller films are forgotten. And these are important for cinema.

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