鱼、缸 Fishbowl

导演:陈炜林
编剧:王繻进
主演:朱静漪 黄宛霓 谌惠馨 古苑凯 骆忆兰 杨织綨
制片人:本杰明·N·阿特金斯 杨织綨
摄影:汪凡
类型:剧情短片 家庭
时长:14分55秒
完成时间:2021
对白语言:中文 英文
字幕:中英
地区:美国
制片公司:无

Director: Jacqueline Chan
Screenwriter: Gene Wang
Cast: Stacy Chu, Woan Ni Wooi, Grace Shen, Kaidy Kuna, Eddie Eng, Ryan Dizon, M.J. Kang, Heidi Luo.
Producer: Benjamin Nobuki Atkins, Zhiqi Yeoh
Cinematographer: Akina Van de Velde
Genre: Feature short, family drama
Length: 14min55s
Year: 2021
Dialogue: English, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Chinese
Region: United States
Production Company: None

故事梗概 Synopsis

《鱼、缸》讲述了娜塔莉·宋(17岁)和她的童年伙伴乔安妮·陈在大学第一个学期过后回到陈家一起庆祝中国新年的故事。在这曾经备受欢迎如今却略带异国反感的节日里,娜塔莉也踟蹰在对乔安妮的爱慕和双方家庭对她们紧张的关注里。借着程式般的客套话和一只无辜金鱼的无意协助下,乔安妮向来多疑的母亲黛博拉,威胁娜塔莉,让她结束与她女儿之间的恋情。第二天早晨,挣扎于黛博拉未说出口的最后通牒,娜塔莉驶回了学校。

Fishbowl follows Natalie Song (17) as she returns home with her childhood friend, Joanne Cheng (18), after their first semester of college to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Cheng household. Navigating festivities that were once inviting but now tinged with a foreign animosity, Natalie finds herself trapped between the burgeoning attraction she feels for Joanne and the unnerving attention placed upon them by both their families. Behind coded pleasantries and the gifting of an innocent goldfish as unwitting accomplice, Joanne’s ever-perceptive mother, Deborah, blackmails Natalie into ending her flirtation with Joanne. Natalie drives back to school the next morning, contemplating Deborah’s unspoken ultimatum.

导演介绍 Director Biography

陈炜霖于 2017 年获得加州大学圣地亚哥分校视觉艺术-传媒和艺术史学位,并于 2022 年获得加州大学洛杉矶分校电影制作/摄影艺术硕士学位。她在少数族裔占多数的城市旧金山出生和长大,她周围之人的故事是她的创作来源——TA们的生活如此生动,但从未被看见。她希望创作出基于亚裔美国人的独特体验又具有共通性的电影。

Jacqueline Chan obtained her degrees in Visual Arts – Media and Art History from UC San Diego in 2017 and her MFA degree in Film Production/Cinematography from UCLA in 2022. Born and raised in the minority-majority city of San Francisco, she is interested in the stories of those around her—whose lives are so vivid but are never seen. She hopes to encapsulate a cinema that is at once unique to a kind of Asian-American experience and yet universally relatable.

导演阐述 Director Statement

《鱼、缸》是一个成长短片,探讨了一种夹杂在生长于的家庭和和被社会塑造中所产生的错位和转瞬即逝的阶段。正是在这个阶段,视角开始发生转变且变得更为审慎。鱼缸——一个透明的玻璃容器,看似毫无保留地展示了缸里的物体,但实际上,因水波的反射和容器的曲率所产生的扭曲视角才完美地概括了上述的成长经历。主角就像鱼缸里的鱼,如此赤裸地被外界的视角打量、评判和批评,但却无力挣脱,只能选择转变自己的视角,扭头回避。鱼缸想要探讨的,正是这种视角的转变以及这种视角下流动的权力。

当开始这个项目时,我和编剧吉妮·王一起合作,想要扩大我的电影尝试。我开始拥抱并深入角色角色和TA们的欲望,尝试着一种我并不熟悉的富有戏剧性同时却比较低姿态的交杂方式指导。然而,正是这种交杂的方式,让已然存在着亚洲和美国的双重身份的我感到兴奋。在这个完全由编剧吉妮创作的故事里,向成年阶段转变且开始作为电影人的我寻得了同样的共鸣。我对于我们团队在这次亚洲-美国中的荧幕尝试的所付出共同努力,心怀谦逊,心存感激。

Fishbowl is a coming-of-age short film that explores the alienation from and the transitory phase between the home one grows up in, and the world one builds. It is within this transitory phase that perspectives shift and become scrutinized. The image of a fishbowl—a glass, transparent bowl that gives a seemingly unmediated view onto the housed subject within, a fish, yet in actuality, warps said view via the reflections and refractions of the water and curvature—perfectly encapsulates this coming-of-age experience. The protagonist’s world, like the fish’s, is held bare for the world to see, to comment, to judge. And yet, powerless to escape, the fish looks back. It is this exchange of looking and the power dynamics within these looks, that Fishbowl attempts to explore.

Starting this project in collaboration with a screenwriter, Gene Wang, I wanted to expand my cinematic practice. Embracing and leaning into characters and their desires, and attempting to direct a high-drama premise, in a rather low-key manner, necessitated a kind of hybrid practice that I’m not too familiar with. Nevertheless, it is this attempt at a hybrid approach that excites me so, in my already hybrid Asian-American existence. In this story, finely crafted by Gene, I find the same emotional resonance in my transition to adulthood and coming into my voice as a filmmaker. I am incredibly humbled and grateful to be able to share our crew’s collective attempt at a kind of Asian-American cinematic practice.

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