上海映画祭共同制作マーケット参加 Attending Shanghai Film Festival.

上海国際映画祭の主催する共同制作企画マーケットCo-FPC (Co-Production Film Pitch & Catch)にプロデューサーの市山氏と参加した。ベルリン、ロッテルダムが始めた共同制作マーケットは世界的な広がりを見せ、アジアでは釜山、香港が積極的に牽引しているが、そこに東京、上海映画祭も追いつこうと躍起になっている。前作「ビッグ・リバー」ではベルリンのマーケットに参加したが、それは世界中から30~40の映画企画が選ばれ、おもしろそうな映画の青田買いがどんどん決まってゆく、エキサイティングな先物買い市場という印象だった。倍率も高く、そこに選ばれただけでも幸運きわまりないと感じたのだが、そのベルリンの空気に漲っていた緊張感は、やはり参加企画の完成度、クオリティの高さによったわけで、その点今回の上海映画祭へ招かれた企画は見劣りした。どう見劣りしたのかは、一言には言えないが、やはり中国との合作に限ったせいで、企画にどことなく均一性があり、メリハリが少ないように見受けられたことによるだろう。釜山はアジア・マーケット一般に開いており、ベルリンは世界マーケット一般に共同制作の門戸を開いている。(そして、東京は日本の作品のみ、に閉じている。)まだ実態の見えない段階での企画の魅力を、買い付けようとする映画のバイヤーにとって、バラエティーの豊かさは、映画祭の華やかさ同様、本質的に必要なものなのかもしれない。



 その後、ジャ・ジャンクに連れられ、上海のスカイラインが一望できるベイエリア、外灘(ワイタン)へ。おでんタワーと私が勝手に呼んでいる東方明珠塔を中心に、ジョン・ウー&トム・クルーズのMI2で見覚えのあるビルがずらっと川沿いに並んでおり、絶景だった。雨がぽつぽつと降る中だが、観光客も多く、ある韓国人カップルが「can you take a picture?」と近寄ってくると、ジャ・ジャンクが”sure,sure.”とすかさず応じ、夜景をバックにデジカメを構えたのだが、その横で市山氏がぼそっと「世界の巨匠に写真をとらせてるなんて、しらないでしょうね」、といったのには吹き出してしまった。 


 I attended Co-FPC, an international co-production market hosted by Shanghai Film Festival between June 16-19. It is part of the recent moves of international film co-production which Rotterdam initiated and Berlin joined and made it world-wide. In Asia Pusan (PPP) and Hong Kong started their own networking programs and, Big River, my last film was made possible thanks to these meetings. Shanghai and Tokyo (Tokyo Film Gathering) are the new comers and they are trying hard to catch up with PPP and Hong Kong. Although when I was in Berlin with Big River as project I felt it was such a rare opportunity and felt so lucky to be selected. (It was one of the 30-40 official selections from all over the world!) Berlin’s co-production market bore such competitive and exciting mood as if every attendant got electrified to make a move! But Shanghai (and Tokyo as well) felt different. I didn’t feel that much excitement. Maybe it was because the festival mainly focused on chinese Projects and co-production projects with China meanwhile PPP and Hong Kong accept all Asian projects. So the line-up couldn’t show the variety that other markets usually have. I think essentially film festivals need those variety, the flamboyance that attracts all levels of professionals. 

  That being said, we made progress on our project. It is a bit too early to talk about the details now, though I can say that we found our Chinese production partner and found clearer know-how to get thru the censorship. To modify the script to pass the censorship will be our next step.   

  Jia Zhangke invited Ichiayma-san and me to his dinner with Jean-Michel Frodon, the editor in chief, Cahiers du Cinema. It was pretty fun dinner. Ate for the first time the Hakka dishes, Southeastern China cuisine. After the dinner JIa Zhangke took us to the bay area from which we could see the entire skyline of Shanghai. It was quite marvelous view. The buildings are as condensed and tall as Manhattan, or even greater. A Korean tourist couple came up and said “Can you take a picture?” Saying “Sure, sure,” Jia Zhangke got up right away and shot a snap of them. Ichiyama sarcastically remarks “they don’t even know the world-famous master is taking a picture for them.”- quite funny!


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