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哲古華拉少年日記
The Motorcycle Diaries

故事大綱
哲古華拉,是擺明車馬挑戰強權的革命家;然而,除了一把叛逆的長髮,你對他的一生又知多少?

1952年,兩個阿根廷大學生決定要來一次自由行,駕著Norton 500電單車橫越南美洲,路程超過一萬三千公里,途經智利、秘魯、哥倫比亞、委內瑞拉等地,但旅程卻沒有想像中美好。他們眼前所見的,盡是貧苦大眾遭強權剝削的慘況;一場關乎人性鬥爭的風暴,在他們的心中靜靜地起革命…

一個旅程,足以改變一個人的一生;而這個人的改變,卻改變了整個世界。

革命英雄哲古華拉
哲古華拉 (El Che Guevara, 1928 - 1967) 是二十世紀的革命英雄,曾成功協助古巴人民成功革命,至今仍深受拉丁美洲民眾的愛戴。

出生於阿根廷的捷古華拉,1951年到南美多個國家流浪,深入了解草根階層的經濟以及社會問題,及後取得醫科學位。經過長期與貧苦大眾拉觸,哲古華拉毅然放棄當醫生的理想,向革命家之路邁進。

1954年,哲古華拉加入危地馬拉左翼政府,努力不懈地為民請命。及後,由美國中央情報局幕後操控的政變爆發,危地馬拉政府被拉倒,捷古華拉便流亡至古巴,在當地認識了卡斯特羅兄弟,並參與他們的游擊隊行列。

當時的古巴人民,一直受西班牙殖民式統治,二十世紀初新政府成立,卻淪為美國的傀儡,推行親美獨裁統治。哲古華拉一直痛恨欺壓民眾的政權,故此不斷聯合卡斯特羅兄弟發動政變,終於在1959年取得革命勝利,解放古巴人民。

哲古華拉沒有被勝利沖昏頭腦,更先後前往中非及玻利維亞,繼續協助貧苦大眾策動革命。1967年,哲古華拉被玻利維亞政府軍生擒,翌日便被處決。

光映背後
「讓這個世界改變你,到時你便可改變世界。」

正如電影所說,這是哲古華拉一次自我探索的旅程。曾執導過溫情小品《中央車站》的導演華特撤勒斯 (Walter Salles) 亦承認,這次長途旅行的結果,對二十世紀的政治社會運動影響深遠。

「在開拍之前我們搜集了很多資料,包括訪問Alberto Granado ---- 即是當時與哲古華拉結伴同行達六個月之久的那一位。」導演華特撤勒斯說。「Alberto不止一次告訴我,那次旅程對他們的重要性。若果不是親眼看見草根階層的生活,捷古華拉很有可能會當醫生,而不是革命家。」

五十年代的阿根廷,醫生是一份高尚的職業。對於在一個中產家庭長大的哲古華拉來說,豐衣足食絕不成問題;但他竟然走去某些第三世界國家,險著生命危險充當游擊隊,策動革命,那股為民請命的堅定意志,實在是難能可貴。

為了重組旅程的情況,導演帶著攝製隊,走訪超過三十多個地方,試過在零度氣溫下的安第斯山脈拍攝,亦試過在攝氏四十五度下的亞馬遜森林拍攝。這些都是哲古華拉途經過的地方。

「最困難的是亞馬遜森林那一場戲。」導演回憶當時的情形。「炎熱、潮濕,令我們的拍攝倍添困難。不過最要命的還是天氣,你永不可能預測到明天還是晴天還是雨天。當時的哲古華拉,竟能以簡陋的工具穿越這片不毛之地,實在令我敬佩萬分。」

導演
華特撤勒斯 (Walter Salles,《中央車站》,1998)

演員
Gael Garcia Bernal艾爾加西亞般奴
Rodrigo de la Serna
Mia Maestro

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發行 :    Golden Scene Company Limited
上映日期 :   Nov 4, 2004
院線 :   Palace IFC 百老匯電影中心 奧海城百老匯 UA金鐘
級別 :   待定
片長 :   128分鐘
網址 :   http://www.goldenscene.com
http://www.motorcyclediariesmovie.com

THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

Winner of 2004 Cannes Film Festival

Francois Chalais Awards/ Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Short synopsis

In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The film follows the young men as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent.

With a highly romantic sense of adventure, the two friends leave their familiar surroundings in Buenos Aires on a rickety 1939 Norton 500. Although the bike breaks down in the course of their eight-month journey, they press onward, hitching rides along the way. As they begin to see a different Latin America in the people they meet on the road, the diverse geography they encounter begins to reflect their own shifting perspectives. They continue to the heights of Machu Picchu, where the majestic ruins and the extraordinary significance of the Inca heritage have a profound impact on the young men. As they arrive at a leper colony deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the two are beginning to question the value of progress as defined by economic systems that leave so many people beyond their reach. Their experiences at the colony awaken within them the men they will later become by defining the ethical and political journey they will take in their lives.

Based on the journals of both Alberto Granado and the man who would later become "El Che," The Motorcycle Diaries follows a journey of self-discovery, tracing the origins of a revolutionary heart.

FilmFour presents, The Motorcycle Diaries, a South Fork Pictures Production in association with Tu Vas Voir Productions. Directed by Walter Salles. Screenplay by Josm Rivera. The film stars Gael Garcqa Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna and Mqa Maestro. The producers are Michael Nozik, Edgard Tenembaum and Karen Tenkhoff. The executive producers are Robert Redford, Paul Webster and Rebecca Yeldham and the co-producers are Daniel Burman and Diego Dubcovsky. The director of photography is Eric Gautier, A.F.C., production designer is Carlos Conti and editor is Daniel Rezende, with costumes designed by Beatriz di Benedetto and Marisa Urruti and music by Gustavo Santaolalla. Gianni Minj serves as artistic supervisor. Pathm Pictures International will sell the film internationally

Q & A WITH DIRECTOR WALTER SALLES

What attracted you to this project?

The fact that The Motorcycle Diaries unveils a human and physical geography that pertains to Latin America and is, at the same time, an extraordinary coming of age, a story about two young men finding their own place in the world.

The Motorcycle Diaries can be seen as a rite of passage, a journey through a continent that would utterly define, on both an emotional and a political level, who these two young men would become.

Why was Josm Rivera chosen to write the screenplay and did you work closely with him?

Of all the writers I met for The Motorcycle Diaries, Josm was the one who had the most discerning vision of what this screenplay should be. What interested him was the humanization of such unique characters. This film is about eight months of these two young men's lives -- eight crucial months in which they were confronted with a reality that departed completely from the one they were used to in urban Argentina, a reality that asked them to make choices in life and ultimately decide which path they were going to take. Josm understood this from the start.

Can you talk about the research you did to make this film?

Research took more than two years. Josm and I read all the biographies that had been written about Ernesto Guevara, including the one that was the most interesting to me, by the Mexican writer Paco Ignazio Taibo. I went to Cuba several times to meet with Alberto Granado, a young man of 82, and Ernesto Guevara's family. The support of his widow, Aleida, and his children was very important for us to move forward. Finally, we retraced the motorcycle journey and scouted extensively throughout Argentina, Chile and Peru: journeying in Patagonia, crossing the Andes and the Atacama Desert, entering the Amazon Basin, ultimately reaching the San Pablo leper colony, near Iquitos, Peru.

What is the story of the film?

The Motorcycle Diariesis the story of two young men who leave on an adventurous journey throughout an unknown continent, and this journey of discovery becomes one of self-discovery as well. This is a film about the emotional and political elections we have to make in life. It's also about friendship, about solidarity. Finally, it's about finding one's place in the world, one that is worth fighting for.

Do you see the film as a documentary?

The Motorcycle Diariesis a film inspired by events that happened in 1952 in the life of Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado. It is not, therefore, a documentary about that adventure. What it aims for is to retain the original spirit of the journey made on La Poderosa. Alberto and Ernesto's trip was shaped by the encounters they had on the road, and I tried to keep this quality alive in the film. In places like Cuzco or Machu Picchu, for example, we encouraged the actors to mingle with the people they met on the road, as Alberto and Ernesto would have done fifty years ago. This purely improvisational material was then blended with the more structured screenplay by Josm Rivera.

How much impact do you think this trip had on Guevara's later political career?

The Motorcycle Diaries is a film about Ernesto Guevara before he becomes "The Che." This definition, by the way, is not mine and was given to me by his son, Camilo. On the other hand, Alberto told us many times how decisive this trip was for both of them and how much it helped to shape their future. You have to remember that this is the first time that they ventured throughout Latin America. They were confronted with the remains of the Incan culture and were exposed to theoretical works of such Latin American thinkers as Mariategui. Such extraordinary and diverse experiences certainly helped them rethink their understanding of the world that surrounded them.

Can you describe both Guevara and Alberto's personalities at the time the film is based? What were their reasons for wanting to do this journey?

When The Motorcycle Diaries starts, Alberto is 29 and lives in Cordoba, Argentina. He's working at a local hospital and is somewhat uncomfortable with the way the patients are treated there. He's been dreaming about this journey throughout Latin America for years and absolutely wants to do it before turning 30. He's got a younger brother, Tomas, whose best friend is . . . Ernesto Guevara, whom he's going to invite to take the trip with him.

Ernesto is 23 when they leave Buenos Aires in January 1952. He comes from an upper middle class family, but his curiosity and interests go way beyond the limits of his class. He's well read, and he has traveled throughout Argentina on a bicycle on which he installed a small engine. His asthma has been a constant concern from a very young age, but he has learned to fight it. He's a medical student, and he's not far from graduation when he opts to take the trip with Alberto.

Can you describe the different countries and locations you have been through. How faithful have you been in terms of using the original locations?

We filmed in more than thirty locations, in Argentina, Chile, Peru. We endured temperatures that were way below zero in the Andes, to more than 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Amazon. We used the original locations that Ernesto and Alberto traveled through as much as we could. A large number of the more distant locations, in reality, have not been dramatically transformed by what we know as "progress." And when we couldn't use a location, we tried to find alternatives that would be very similar to the places that our friends cruised through on La Poderosa. The extensive research conducted by Carlos Conti, our production designer, was very important in this sense.

What have been the hardest moments of filming? And the highlights?

The most fascinating part of the journey for me was the one centered in the San Pablo leprosarium, in the middle of the Amazon. This is where Ernesto and Alberto spent more than three weeks of their journey and entered a reality that was drastically different from anything they found elsewhere. Several people who played lepers in the film had been patients at the actual leper colony, and this granted an additional gravity and density to our work. On the other hand, filming in the Amazon is extremely hard, due to the heat, the humidity, the impossibility of predicting the weather. You have to accept the fact that the nature surrounding you is much stronger than any human resources; you have to comply with and embrace what the filmic gods grant you every single day.

ABOUT THE CAST

Gael Garcqa Bernal (Ernesto Guevara de la Serna)

Gael Garcqa Bernal made his feature debut in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's acclaimed Amores Perros, which won the Audience Award at AFI Fest as well as both the Critics Week Grand Prize and the Young Critics awards at Cannes. The film would go on to win the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for an Academy AwardR. Bernal's performance in the film earned him a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and a Silver Ariel Award in Mexico.

His next big sceen appearance was in Alfonso Cuaron's equally celebrated coming of age tale Y Tu Mama Tambien, which also starred Bernal's lifelong friend Diego Luna. Y Tu Mama Tambien won the National Society of Film Critics award in addition to 8 regional film critics awards, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film and was nominated for a BAFTA, an Academy AwardR and a Golden Globe. For their performances, Bernal and Luna shared a Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Film Festival.

In 2002, Bernal played the title role in Carlos Carrera's romantic drama El Crimen del Padre Amaro, which was nominated for a Goya Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy AwardR. For his performance in the film, Bernal won Best Actor from the Mexican Cinema Journalists and Most Promising Performer from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Bernal recently wrapped production on Pedro Almodovar's next film Bad Education, in which he stars. The film will be released in 2004.

Rodrigo de la Serna (Alberto Granado)

Rodrigo de la Serna has established himself as a versatile actor in his native Argentina, where he has worked in several plays. Film credits to date include Same Love, Same Rain (1999), directed by Juan Josm Campanella, Nuts For Love (2000), directed by Alberto Lecchi and Gallito Ciego (2001), directed by Santiago Carlos Oves.

His television work to date includes Naranja Y Media (1997), Okupas (2000) and Calientes (2000).

Mqa Maestro (Chichina Ferreira)

Argentinian actress Mqa Maestro has accrued a selection of impressive film credits since she made her debut in Tango, directed by Carlos Saura in 1998. Film credits to date include Mike Figgis' Timecode, starring Saffron Burrows and Salma Hayek and Hotel, starring Salma Hayek, Holly Hunter and Kyle Machlachlan. She recently co-starred with Geoffrey Rush, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek in Frida, a biopic of the artist Frida Kahlo, directed by Julie Taymor. She also starred in In The Time Of Butterflies, directed by Mariana Barroso for television.

About the Director - Walter Salles

Walter Salles' 1995 feature, Foreign Land, won eight international awards including Brazil's Best Film of the Year. His next film, Central Station, was selected for the Sundance-NHK Cinema 100 Award for its screenplay and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. Central Station went on to receive the Golden Bear for Best Film and Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival that same year, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1999 and two Academy AwardR nominations.

His most recent feature, Behind the Sun, was nominated for both the BAFTA Award and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002.

In addition to his feature film directing, Salles also acts as producer or co-producer of young filmmakers' features in Brazil. He co-produced City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Katia Lund, and produced Karim Ainouz's Madame Sata. He is now producing Cidade Baixa, the first film by his former Assistant Director Sergio Machado, as well as Andrucha Waddington's new film, The House of Sand.

Starring
GAEL GARCIA BERNAL
RODRIGO DE LA SERNA
MIA MAESTRO

Directed by WALTER SALLES

Screenplay by JOS[ RIVERA

Based on the books
"The Motorcycle Diaries" by Ernesto Che Guevara
"With Che through Latin America" by Alberto Granado

Website: www.motorcyclediaries.net

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Distribution :    Golden Scene Company Limited
Release Date :   Nov 4, 2004
Line Up :   Broadway Cinematheque Palace IFC BW Olympian City UA Pacific Place
Category :   TBC
Running Time :   128 mins
Website :   http://www.goldenscene.com


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