Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Our Time Machine


Year: 2019
Country: USA, CHINA
Run Time: 81 minutes

Our Time Machine
Our Time Machine
Our Time Machine
Our Time Machine

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.

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CIFF44 Screenings

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

Film Is Art
Pan-Asian Cinema

Ad Hoc Docs Competition

Director Director

S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun

Yang Sun, S. Leo Chiang

S. Leo Chiang, Bob Lee

Yang Sun, Shuang Liang

Bob Lee

Print Source

Community Partners

Alzheimer's Association

Near West Theater

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