To Kill A Mongolian Horse | 一匹白馬的熱夢

Genre
類型
Drama 劇情

Length
預計片長
100

Production Stage
製作進度
Complete First Cut
完整初剪

Total Budget
總預算
US$ 337,000

Logline 故事摘要
On the steppes bordering Mongolian and China, a Mongolian horseback performer’s dual life unfolds as he grapples with the disintegration of the traditional way of life.

在蒙古與中國邊境的草原上,揭示著一位蒙古馬術特技表演者雙面生活的掙扎——他的傳統生活方式正在瓦解。

Synopsis 故事大綱
Amid the harsh, wintry steppes on the border of Mongolia and China, Saina, a Mongolian horseman turned cultural performer, tends his family ranch during the day and performs horseback tricks in a local horse show at night. However, unlike the majestic cavalryman he portrays in the show, Sayna finds his real life as a herdsman on the verge of disintegration.

在中蒙邊境的荒漠草原上,蒙古族青年賽那是個表演者。他在日間照料家庭牧場,晚上靠表演馬術特技為生。然而,與他所扮演那驍勇的蒙古騎兵形象不同,賽娜發現自己作為一個牧民的生活卻在走向消亡……

Director’s Statement 導演闡述
The film is inspired by true events that happened to my friend Saina, an ethnic Mongolian herder living in Inner Mongolia. Last year, I witnessed how the collective effect of a drought year, global warming, and the local grazing ban made many herders in the region suffer financially. In order to find something more stable than herding, he found a job working at a local horse show doing horseback tricks. When I was visiting him at the horse show, I was surprised how the horse show is such a hyper-masculine place where classic, Mongolian masculinity is a part of the performance. In celebrating this ideal masculinity, these male performers became the object of a fetishised gaze. And what was fetishised is not only masculinity, but also their ethnic identity. 
Featuring Saina playing the role himself, the protagonist in the film struggles to make ends meet while navigating between the world of the horse show and his real life. As a series of events eventually drives him to leave his ancestral land, he starts to find the stark contrast between his performed roles and his actual circumstances unbearably irreconcilable…

這部電影的創作靈感源於我朋友賽那的真實經歷。他是生活在內蒙古的蒙古族牧民。去年,我目睹了乾旱、全球暖化和當地禁牧政策的一連串作用,是怎樣令許多當地牧民均遭受到經濟困難。為了尋找比畜牧業更穩定的工作,賽那在當地的找到了一份表演馬術特技的工作。當我到馬術表演探望他時,我驚訝地發現這是一個極度剛陽的地方,而典型、蒙古的男性氣概更是表演的一部分。在歌頌這種理想中的剛陽氣質時,這些男性表演者成為被迷戀的對象。被迷戀的不僅僅是當中的男性剛陽,還有他們的民族身份。
影片中的主角由賽那本人飾演,他在馬術表演的世界和現實生活之間,為了維持生計掙扎著。一系列事件的發生,漸漸迫使他離開祖先傳承下來的土地,他開始發現自己所扮演的角色與實際處境之間的鮮明對比變得難以忍受……

Director 導演

Jiang Xiaoxuan 姜曉萱
Jiang Xiaoxuan is a filmmaker from Inner Mongolia, China. Her short Graveyard of Horses was officially selected for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and South by Southwest Film Festival, and won NETPAC Award at the Busan Asian Short film Festival. Her first feature, To Kill A Mongolian Horse, was supported by Sundance Ignite and received the Asian Cinema Fund, the VIPO award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sørfond award at Asian Project Market, and Whitelight Post-production Award at HAF.

姜曉萱是一名內蒙古導演及編劇。她2022年的短片《馬塚》入圍塔林黑夜電影節、西南偏南電視電影節等,並於釜山短片電影節獲獎。她的首部長片項目入圍辛丹斯Ignite獎學金計劃、釜山電影節亞洲項目市場,並榮獲亞洲電影基金的劇本開發基金、鹿特丹影展VIPO獎,亞洲項目市場Sørfond獎及香港亞洲電影投資會White Light後期製作大獎。

Producer 監製

Zhulin Mo 莫珠琳
Zhulin Mo is a producer with an MS.Ed and M.Phil in Counseling Psychology from UPenn. She produced several films, including short I Have No Legs, And I Must Run (2022), which won Best Short Film at BFI London Film Festival 2022, short Graveyard of Horses (2022), and feature Sukhavati (2024), selected for the 2023 Shanghai International Film Festival Work-in-Progress project.

製片人,研究生畢業於賓夕法尼亞大學心理系。製片作品短片《跑!跑!跑!》(2022)獲2022年倫敦電影節最佳短片,短片《馬塚》(2022)入圍塔林黑夜電影節、西南偏南電視電影節;第一部製片長片《爸爸的爸爸叫爺爺》入圍上海國際電影節製作中單元。

Executive Producer 執行監製

Tan Chui Mui 陳翠梅
Tan Chui Mui is a Malaysian filmmaker who has won prestigious awards in international film festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, and Oberhausen. She was jury for international film festivals and mentor for regional filmmaking workshops like Busan International Film Festival Asian Film Academy, ASEAN-ROK FLY, and Singapore International Film Festival Southeast Asian Film Lab.

馬來西亞電影導演,在釜山、鹿特丹、克萊蒙費朗和奧伯豪森等國際電影節中獲得多項重要獎項,並擔任多個國際電影節評審及地區電影製作工作坊的導師。

Film Unit / Production Company 影像單位 / 製作公司
Beijing Manda Jiang Productions 北京曼達姜影視文化有限公司