• Munich Int'l Documentary Festival

  • Guanajuato Int'l Film Festival

    Best Mexican Documentary Feature, Press Award
  • Moscow Int'l Film Festival

  • Biarritz Amerique Latine Festival

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Spanish, German, with English subtitles

Since 1945, Anita Schlittler and Arnoldo Kaiser managed a printing press in downtown San Luis Potosí. Almost 80 years later, a discovery revealed their true profession: amateur filmmakers.

Director Andrés Kaiser combines hundreds of amateur films and photographs from the treasure trove of images belonging to his migrant grandparents creating a cinematic firework of analogies. The film paints a poignant family portrait, between reality, fantasy, and the staging of one’s own existence.


“The experience of the European migrant in Mexico in the mid-twentieth century, the evolution of the father-son relationship, the complicity of the couple, love, and mourning are some of the themes explored in Time Theorem, all in a way as fluid as life itself: when you least expect it, in the blink of an eye decades have passed in front of you. Andrés Kaiser invites us to discover in his family a little bit of ourselves.” – Jorge Espinoza Lasso, laestatuilla.com

About the Director
Andrés Kaiser was born in 1984 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. His debut feature Feral (2018) won of the FIPRESCI Prize (International Federation of the Film Press), the Competition Prize at Los Cabos International Film Festival, and Best Director Award at RIFF Oslo, among others.

As a writer, his book La zarza ardiente was awarded the Manuel José Othón Prize for Literature and published by Editorial Atrasalante. Time Theorem, his second film, is a documentary nourished by splendid and complex family found footage.

Notes on Film

“Years after the death of my grandmother Anita, I inspected the old building where she and my grandfather Arnoldo worked all their lives as printers. Among offset machines, accounting notebooks, and paper envelopes smelling of mothballs, I found thousands of photographs and hundreds of home movies. The images not only revealed their secret profession as amateur filmmakers, but also related a line of painful family tragedies that marked the destiny of their existence

For me, the making of this film is a way of unifying an unfinished portrait of my family and myself; an assembly of someone else’s memory with intention of telling a story that resonates strongly in the human heart.”

– Andrés Kaiser, Director