Our Time Machine


TIFF Lightbox 1 Wed, May 1, 2019 6:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Fri, May 3, 2019 4:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sun, May 5, 2019 6:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:China
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
Performers & Performance
Visual Artists, Art & Photography
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Yang Sun
S. Leo Chiang
Producer(s):S. Leo Chiang
Yang Sun
Executive Producer(s):Jean Tsien
Nick Fraser
Sally Jo Fifer
Editor(s):Bob Lee
Writer(s):S. Leo Chiang
Bob Lee
Cinematography:Yang Sun
Shuang Liang
Composer:Paul Brill
Sound:Joe Milner


When influential Chinese artist Maleonn learns his father, famed Peking Opera director Ma Ke, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he knows time is short. Their life together and the memories between them will soon be gone. In a last effort to bridge the gap, the two embark upon one of their greatest journeys: they collaborate on a haunting, magical, autobiographical stage performance called Papa's Time Machine, in which a scientist constructs a time machine so that his father can relive some of their happiest memories. Together, they must confront the challenges of aging and the repercussions of the Cultural Revolution as they race against time to mount the show before Ma Ke's memories are lost forever. Heather Haynes

Additional Information

  • NOW - 3 Stars, "Our Time Machine tells a powerful, all too universal story."