Gift

Directed by: Sunny Zhao
USA | 82 minutes
uk-premiere
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 5
Sun 30th Sep 18:15
Q&A with Sunny Zhao (Director/Producer) Jeffrey Klemmer & Sandra Simpson (Cast)

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Mon 1st Oct 17:45

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After her mother's death, Abigail Phillips is raised by her doting father. When she discovers a mysterious piano in the forest, music becomes the biggest passion of Abigail's life, and it quickly becomes apparent that she is a musical prodigy. As she is sent to Paris to begin her career as a pianist, her father starts to investigate the history of the piano in the forest, and it becomes increasingly apparent that Abigail is not the only one whose life has been profoundly affected by the object. A film about creative ambition, the mysteries of talent, and the history of the life of an object, Sunny Zhao's debut feature film is an ambitious story told in a unique fashion. At the centre of the film is the piano itself, through which other characters in past and present sequences are given context. Inspired by Zhao's own experiences and background as a musician, GIFT explores the joys and hardships of developing and nurturing creative talents. Filmed in an atmospheric style, with slow-motion sequences and saturated colours that lend it a dreamlike quality, GIFT is a charming and heartwarming fairytale about the love of music and the pursuit of truth.
Runtime
82
Cast
Emma Barnett
Elyse DuFour
Eric Brenner
Jeffrey Klemmer
Country
USA
Director(s)
Sunny Zhao
Writer(s)
Sunny Zhao
Leon Phoenix
Producer(s)
Sunny Zhao
Clara Lee
Tim Dowdle
Executive Producer(s)
Sunny Zhao
Clara Lee
Screening Status
UK Premiere