賽門．沙弗拉內克 Simon SAFRANEK
捷克 Czech Republic | 2018 | DCP | B&W+Colour | 82min
一場偉大冒險，從踏上滑板那刻開始。當滑板成為自由象徵，能如何拯救共產主義社會下的少年？極致 DIY 精神能實踐至何境界?美國滑板產業尚未襲捲全球前，1970 年代捷克斯洛伐克誕生第一代滑板人，在當地掀起前所未有的街頭滑板「異象」，成為大人眼中一群橫衝直撞，又拒守運動組織化規範的傻子。本紀錄片和著鏗鏘有力的龐克經典，與獨異感十足的新浪潮配樂，更顯他們徒手打造的滑板天地，為千篇一律的灰黯，注入光亮的自由氣息。
When skateboarding becomes a symbol of freedom, how can it save the teenagers who live under communist society? How is the ultimate DIY spirit realized? This first feature-length documentary about the rise of skateboarding in Czechoslovakia presents a gripping tale of the search for freedom in a society stifled by communist regime. Unique archival footage set to a driving punk soundtrack introduce us to the cult masters of the skateboard and their never-ending party ride through the grey days of normalization.
賽門.沙弗拉內克，導演、作家，撰寫電影與音樂評論出身，並為捷克 DJ 團體 The Fakes 一員。2003 年執導首部紀錄短片《The Myth》後開始參與電視紀錄片製作。蒐整多達 30 小時的珍貴滑板影像紀錄，去蕪存菁出這部宛如捷克版《滑板世代：骨頭幫正傳》。
Writer and director Simon SAFRANEK began in the late 90‘s as a film critic working for Czech magazines and newspapers focusing on film and music. He directed the short documentary The Myth (2003), and has been active as a DJ with The Fakes collective.
2019 伊赫拉瓦紀錄片影展 IFDF Jih-hlava
2018 里茲影展 IFF Leeds
2018 布拉提斯拉瓦影展 IFF Bratislava
一切的開端發生在幾年前，不是在某個坡道上，也不在任何U板上，而是在沙發上。那天下午，我翻閱了朋友Martina Overstreet與Michal Nanoru所寫的書，《Prkýnka na maso jsme uřízli 》（我們切刻砧板的日子）。這本不是我的書，而且全數售罄無法購買。我對這計畫最早的記憶，來自布拉格市立圖書館，拿在手裡的書，打開書就像獲得獎盃一樣，飛快地跑回家。文字在書頁上跳躍，充滿驚人的熱情及狂熱地尖叫。再來是那些照片！過了許多年，照片中的動感仍令人有所共鳴。
It started a couple of years ago. Not up on some hill, not on any ramp. On a couch. The afternoon I opened a book written by my friends, Martina Overstreet and Michal Nanoru. It’s called Prkýnka na maso jsme uřízli /As We Carved Some Chopping Boards/. The book wasn’t mine and it was sold out. The very first memory of this project is from Municipal Library of Prague. Running home from the counter, the book was my trophy, just open it! And it was right there. The words were jumping out of the pages, screaming with a spectacular fervour, passion and love. And then the photos! Archive snaps vibrating with motion even after all those years.
And the motion caught my eye. Because what is a film if not a motion? A liquid time I can experience while with a photo I can only deduce its story and context. Riding a skateboard has always brought out a romantic feeling of freedom: screw everything and just go. The sound of that primordial instinct, just hop on a horse, just get in a car, just jump on that small board with wheels. To bolt, to zoom off, to whizz through the space. Adrenalin, adventure. This pioneering fascinates me, the chance to be a part of something untested, of something historically new...
I borrowed that book from the library several times. My own name would follow itself over and over in the waiting list. I would write down memories and notes, set up the first draft. I tried to meet up with Michal and Martina, I wanted to have them both on my team. They were incredibly busy, it took about a year for us to get together. And sure enough, all it takes then is a couple of minutes over a lemonade. It was a similar story with the producer. Kateřina Černá from Negativ Productions is a member of the skaters’ group and I’d see her every year at Cannes IFF. Kateřina introduced me to Vojta Kotek, a diligent archivist of films about skateboarding. Vojta provided me with 130 GB of film archives and I ran home with the HD. USB into USB and let’s get things going!
The longer I watched the archives the more clearly I could see various points of view. Some focus on races, others prefer friends’ antics. I had to supplement the archives with statements and stories of skaters. We’d meet at places which were key for them – Prague quarter Strahov where the first ramp used to stand, a clearing by Polička where summer camps used to take place and sporting grounds in Prachatice, a place of gatherings of the same name. In Karlovy Vary we were searching for remnants of a fire reservoir which skaters had used as a substitute for a Californian pool.
Together with editor Šimon Hájek we spent months in an editing room. All in all, we spent almost a year there. Now things are turning full circle, the film is finished and we can’t wait to show it to those who contributed the most: to skateboarders themselves. Because we as well as them want to live in freedom without anyone counting down the Three-two-one-go for us.