XXXMOG! - A Stylish work of art explore society's ignorance

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

卓庭伍《XX不宜》--- 紀實畫面的串連,讓虛構故事和現實對話。

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Cho Ting-Wu, an emerging director, launched her debut short film XXXMOG! The work creatively focuses on the film industry itself, that how a director's ability can seem insignificant until it's awarded at an overseas film festival. Then everything changes for his life, but does it? Director Cho brutally craves into the human's deepest absurdity and adds actual news footage on environmental issues to explore society's ignorance further.


As for the style of XXXMOG!, it's a dash of realism with surrealism, using the filter to create a misty and unfamiliarity to the audiences. This solid visual style has brought the sense of futurist vibes into the work itself, or perhaps apocalypse vibes even more. This is done by Lim Lun-Yin (Ohong Village, TWFF 2019), the cinematographer of this short film.


Directors Cho and Lim grew up in the same region in Taiwan, Taichung Fengyuan. She likes the mysterious style from Director Lim's work; their collaboration has brought this short film with innovative angles and thought-provoking storytelling.

Cho said the fictional part of the story is some sort of self-deprecating. While studying abroad, she often felt powerless when seeing the turmoil experienced in her hometown, which led to the feeling that "she has done any to contribute to society." Cho comments: "Looking at other people's works, I always wondered, do they deserved the awards? Can their work really bring any changes or value to the world?"


After returning to Taiwan, Cho decided to shoot a film to represent this mentality. It shows an attitude of greed for petty gains, refusal of taking responsibility and seeking redemptions. The mentality seems ordinary, but it may accumulate and expand to cause real damage. Cho believes human nature is intertwined with the grass-rooted structural problem of society, but she is optimistic that it is not impossible to change it.

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Many environmental issues and images are actual events from the Linyuan Incident, Taiwan's highest compensation of ecological pollution case in the 1980s. Director Cho uses these references to reflect Kaohsiung's current air pollution problems, a severe warning that compensation is not a solution. If we don't take it seriously, we will have unrepairable consequences in the future, just like in the film.


XXXMOG! will be streaming on demand at Taiwan Film Festival in Australia from 16-30 September.

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新銳導演卓庭伍的首部短片作品《XX不宜》,在無足重輕的小人物故事中吐納平凡人性,結合現實環保議題,紀實的影像鋪出的道路上,伸展開虛擬故事與現實的對話。


談到《XX不宜》的風格,卓庭伍表示雖然作品以寫實為基礎,但她希望畫面的呈現方式卻能帶有一種陌生感,不是一般台灣觀眾以往習慣的乾淨、透明的風格,而是在真實的質感之上建構強烈的視覺效果,這也是為什麼卓庭伍在《XX不宜》中找來《蚵豐村》林龍吟導演合作——卓庭伍發現同為台中豐原人林龍吟導演拍攝《蚵豐村》的鏡頭較為疏離,風格中帶有些魔幻,是她非常喜歡的。身為新手導演的卓庭伍認為比起找有經驗和聲望的攝影師合作,她更希望能和年輕電影工作者共同創新、嘗試有趣的東西。


《XX不宜》中虛擬故事的人性價值觀悄悄結合「環境污染」的現實社會元素,讓虛與實進行對話。


這部創作中的虛擬故事是某種自我嘲諷,卓庭伍說。

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曾在國外唸書的卓庭伍,面對家鄉經歷的動盪,常讓她陷入「自己對社會無實際貢獻」的無力感。看著別人的作品,總想著「這樣的作品能得獎嗎?創作能為世界帶來什麼改變嗎?」搬回台灣後,卓庭伍決定將這樣的心態拍攝出來。無足重輕的小人物有著平凡不過的人性,一種貪小便宜,拒絕負責與救贖。看似平凡,卻可能累積、擴大造成真實的傷害。但同時也正因為是平凡的人性,卓庭伍認為這樣盤根錯節的結構性問題並非無法被改變,希望能透過這故事帶給觀眾一些能量。


另外,卓庭伍說自己在創作過程中參考了很多關於環境污染問題的紀錄影像,他希望透過台灣八零年代發生的最高額公害賠償(近13億台幣)的環境污染案件---「林園事件」的真實畫面,來對照現今高雄所面臨的空污問題,紀實影像追本溯源至一個時代困境的開端,並強調「環境污染」問題尚未解決。雖然虛擬故事是荒誕奇想,但實際上受害者的經驗是真實的,他希望透過紀實畫面的串連能讓虛構故事和現實對話。


《XX不宜》將於 9 月 16 日至 30 日在線上放映。


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