The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: USA, CHINA
Run Time: 81 minutes
Shanghai-based artist Maleonn contemplates the past through his whimsical photo tableaus and performance art. His father, Ma Ke, is a now-retired prolific Peking Opera director losing his memory to Alzheimer’s. Holding on to the dream of collaborating with his father, Maleonn creates the hybrid stage performance, Papa’s Time Machine, a tale of father and son on a quest to retrieve the past before it disappears forever. The show grows more elaborate and costly as life-sized puppets, an airplane, and digital projections are added, pushing production time from six months to multiple years. As time goes by, so does Ma Ke’s memory. Reflecting on the Cultural Revolution’s persecution of artists one moment, he has trouble recalling his son’s script the next. Father and son are faced with their own mortality as it becomes clear there is no way to truly regain the past once it is lost. OUR TIME MACHINE captures both the strength and limits of art against the passage of time. (In English and Chinese with subtitles) — D.O.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:05 PM ET
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3:40 PM ET
Near West Theatre
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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