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Mon, Nov 23


Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

Our Time Machine

When artist Maleonn realizes that his father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, he creates “Papa’s Time Machine,” a wondrous time-travel adventure performed on stage with life-size mechanical puppets. Through creation he finds grace and unexpected joy in this moving meditation on the circle of life.

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Our Time Machine
Our Time Machine

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Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 PM – Dec 14, 2020, 11:59 PM

Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

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Virtual Tickets are $12. for a streaming window of 72 hours. Watch:

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Our Time Machine (2019). Directed by Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang.

When influential Chinese artist Ma Liang (a.k.a. Maleonn) realizes that his father Ma Ke, an accomplished Peking Opera director, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, he invites his father to collaborate on his most ambitious project to date - a haunting, magical, autobiographical stage performance featuring life-size mechanical puppets called "Papa's Time Machine".

His puppets brilliantly externalize how our minds reconstruct remembered events as abstractions based not in specific details but heightened emotion. Their ingeniously designed wires and gears represent nothing less than the mechanics of memory which, like all mortal faculties, have an expiration date. Through the creation of this play, the two men confront their mortality before time runs out and memories are lost forever.

According to their director’s statement, Chiang and Sun were drawn to the material in part because Maleonn’s attempt to connect with his father reflects his generation’s desire to preserve the sense of history and tradition that the Cultural Revolution threatened to erase. Trailer:

"Sun and Chiang convey the cyclical nature of existence with poignancy and grace."– The Guardian

"Tender, soulful and life-affirming, Our Time Machine is a movie for all seasons."– KQED

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