The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Our Time Machine

China | 2019 | 81 min
Chinese | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Shuang Liang, Yang Sun
Editing: Bob Lee
Music: Paul Brill
Director: S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun
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FIFA Competition


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Maleonn is one of the most influential conceptual artists in China. His father, Ma Ke, was the artistic director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera Theatre and a man who dedicated most of his life to the arts. Following his father’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, Maleonn embarks on an ambitious theatre project. Featuring giant puppets, the play is a vibrant tribute to his father. Filmed over several years by director Yang Sun, this moving documentary is an intimate look at a family that turned to artistic creation to weather one of life’s storms.

Tribeca Film Festival, USA (2019)
Hot Docs Film Festival, Canada (2019)
IDFA, Netherlands (2019)
Calgary Underground Film Festival, Canada (2019)
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada (2019)


Yang Sun

Yang SUN is a documentary director and cameraman based in Beijing. He was on staff at China's Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Studio, making documentaries for broadcasters including CCTV, Youku and the Travel Channel. He has directed several short and mid-length documentaries, including THE SECOND ALBUM, AKEN, BACKPACKERS FOR 10 YEARS, AFTER HE ROSE TO FAME, as well as the ten-part series TAKE ME TO TRAVEL. He worked as a director of photography on A CENTURY WITH NANJING, CENTURY MASTER, and SOUTH OF THE OCEAN. Sun Yang holds a Master’s degree from the School of Television and Film Art at the Communication University of China. OUR TIME MACHINE will be his first feature-length documentary.

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S. Leo Chiang

S. Leo Chiang is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in San Francisco and Taipei. His documentary, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON, won the Inspiration Award at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Festival. His previous film, Emmy® Award-nominated A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, picked up eight awards and aired on the American PBS series, Independent Lens. Leo’s work has received funding support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute, and ITVS. He also collaborates with other documentarians as editor and a cameraman. Leo received a MFA in film production from University of Southern California. He is the co-founder of A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network, and a documentary branch member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

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Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture - Théâtre Paul-Desmarais
Screening # 6
FIFA Official Selection - Short Film


Germany | 13 min | 2019

Turkish | Subtitles in English

Our Time Machine
FIFA Competition

Our Time Machine

China | 81 min | 2019

Chinese | Subtitles in English