OUR TIME MACHINE
DocumentariesYang Sun and S. Leo Chiang
A moving meditation on art, mortality, and family, the latest documentary from S. Leo Chiang (TO YOU SWEETHEART, ALOHA, HIFF 2014; A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, HIFF 2009), co-directing with Yang Sun, centers on Maleonn, a famous Chinese conceptual artist, as he grapples with the advancing dementia afflicting his father, Ma Ke. Ma Ke is a renowned artist in his own right, having served as the artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera. The documentary documents Maleonn’s ambitious effort to mount a tribute to his dad, “Papa’s Time Machine,” a time-travel puppet show told at human-sized scale.
OUR TIME MACHINE tracks the artistic progress of “Papa’s Time Machine,” depicting artisans giving life to Maleonn’s striking steampunk designs and eye-popping shadow play. But the film’s primary focus is on the relationship between father and son. Ma Ke’s story is emblematic of artists whose dreams were snuffed out by the Chinese Communist Party in the 1960s. Post-Cultural Revolution, Ma Ke threw himself into theater work, peaking as a skilled orchestrator of traditional Peking opera, while leaving little time for his family. Maleonn’s resentment of Ma Ke’s lengthy absences during his childhood vie with his filial love for a man who’s rapidly slipping away.
|Sunday 10||17:45 - 19:11||Regal Dole Cannery 16|
|Tuesday 12||15:00 - 16:41||Regal Dole Cannery 15|
|Director||Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang.|
|Cast||Maleonn, Ma Ke, Zheng Wei Tong, Ma Duo and Tianyi Huang.|
|Screenplay||S. Leo Chiang and Bob Lee.|
|Production||Shanghai Eternity Media & Culture Co., Ltd. & . & Medoc (Beijing) Media & Culture Co. and Ltd.|
S. Leo Chiang ... producer