writer: Deivis Cortés
title: Opening Folds

original language: English

country: Colombia
genre: Animation Sci-Fi
format: Feature | 90 min
status: In Development

one liner:

A man yearns for a time machine but cannot afford to pay for it outright. He buys it on credit and defers the installments to the past. Twenty years earlier he receives the first invoice for a machine that does not yet exist.

synopsis:

In a future where time machines are commonplace, Rex buys a machine on credit and defers the installments to the past. 20 years earlier, he starts receiving invoices for a machine that does not yet exist. Rex ignores the invoices and uses them to practice origami, an art he recently became fond of. Charges for late payments continue to arrive, which Rex ignores, assuming they are scams. He ends up losing his house and job due to repossessions sent from the future. Rex ends up homeless and 10 years later finds out about the invention of time travel in a shelter where he lives among other beggars as they talk about similar invoices and charges to those received by Rex long time ago. Thanks to the conversation, Rex remembers his first origami folds and spends the next 10 years retracing back his steps to that first invoice. The search leads him to his former home, which has been demolished to build a luxurious shopping mall. Once inside, a vendor offers Rex a time machine and the possibility of paying it on credit. Although keeping the brochure, Rex rejects the offer. He spends the night in a park practicing origami until he reconstructs the first opening folds he used when he started that art. Nostalgia takes over as he starts to yearn for a time machine.

why it matters?

Time travel is a subgenre that has inspired many thrilling fictions. However, most of these fictions are justified by the existence of a single time machine operated by its inventor or by a close friend of his. “Opening Folds” proposes a different stake by presenting a world in which time travel is so commonplace that there is not only one machine; there are many and they are mass marketed in shopping malls. Far from questioning the physics and reasoning that would make time travel possible, Opening Folds explores a scenario in which people go into debt to acquire a technology not yet invented, questioning current financial practices and enticing thoughtful reflection on the power that banking institutions hold over people’s lives. In “Opening Folds” people don’t time travel, poor financial decisions do, driven by a saturation of advertising for unessential and redundant needs.

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