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March 4


Wednesday, 06:00pm, Goethe-Institut

Directors: Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang
81 min | Documentary | Colour | China | 2019

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When the 43-year-old artist Maleonn realizes that his father Ma Ke, former artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theater, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets. At the play’s heart are autobiographical scenes inspired by Maleonn’s memories with his father. He hopes the play will bring them together artistically and personally. During this journey where on the one side there’s commercial success and on the other is his original goal to honor his father, Maleonn becomes more aware of life’s complexities. There are no effortless masterpieces or simple solutions and there’s no traveling back in time to retrieve what has been lost, only to carry on forward with a new outlook on his art and life. Through the production of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.

Tribeca Film Festival: Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature
Tribeca Film Festival: Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature
LA Asian Pacific Film Festival: Grand Jury Award, International Documentary Feature
CAAMFest: Winner: Documentary Competition
Doc Edge: Winner: Best International Director; Winner: Best in Category “All in the Family”
Indie Street Film Festival: Jury Award - Best Documentary Feature Film

Website: http://timemachinefilm.com/


Editor Bob Lee
Writers S. Leo Chiang & Bob Lee
Co-Director Shuang Liang
Cinematographers Yang Sun and Shuang Liang
Original Music Paul Brill
Puppeteers Pengcheng Shu, Xia Ning, Suman Liu,?Ting Guo, Hanjing Ni, Lingling Chen, Yang Chen and Shuai Wang
Photographer Hong Wu
Music Composer & Producer: Paul Brill at Casa de Rico y Luca, Brooklyn
Producers: Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang
Production Companies: Walking Iris Media, Fish + Bear Pictures, Breezy Doc and Independent Television Service (ITVS).

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