USA - Netherlands | 2022 | Color | Animation | 104 min 

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 SYNOPSIS 

In a world of propaganda images, surrealist collage and pop-art animation, artist-filmmaker Lei Lei and his family recall the past to make sense of the present. 1950's, Jiaqi is 4 years old when his father is compelled to go work in the countryside and his mother passes away. Shortly after the burial, Dad is forced to put Jiaqi and his sister in an orphanage where they turn into birds in a cage. While the country is in turmoil, a Rainbow fish transforms into a woman and decides to help the kids...

 FESTIVALS 

- Rotterdam IFF 2022

          Tiger Competition

- Göteborg IFF 2022
          Ingmar Bergman Competition

- Visions du Réel 2022

          Latitudes

- Annecy Festival 2022

          Contrechamp competition

- Hiroshima Animation Season 2022

          World  Competition

- Hong Kong IFF 2022

          Young Cinema Competition

- Ottawa International Animation Festival 2022

          Official Competition

 CREDITS 

Director

Script 

Animation & Image    Sound Design & Music

 

Editors

 

Producers

Co-producers

 

Associate producers

Production

Co-production

With the support of

International Sales

LEI Lei

LEI Lei

LEI Lei

Tessa Rose JACKSON

Darius TIMMER

LEI Lei

Patrick MINKS

LEI Lei

Isabelle GLACHANT

Bruno FELIX

Janneke VAN DE KERKHOF

Femke WOLTING

LI Xiaorong

LIANG Ying

C-RAY STUDIO

CHINESE SHADOWS

SUBMARINE AMSTERDAM

HUBERT BALS FUND 

NETHERLANDS FILM FUND

ASIAN SHADOWS

 AWARDS 

Cinemart Wouter Barendrecht Award

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 PRESS REVIEWS 

"A Visually Captivating and Emotionally Rewarding Chronicle of a Chinese Family (…) With some lovely humor included along the way, the film’s well-ordered narration gives the film a solid storytelling foundation for Lei to overlay with a nonstop exhibition of eye-popping visuals." -- Richard KUIPERS, Variety


"Silver Bird And Rainbow Fish establishes an idiosyncratic and distinctive aesthetic (...) imaginatively playful, warmly empathetic and illuminating"

-- Neil YOUNG, Screen


"An intimate portrait of a single family and a reflection of a nation in the oppressive aftermath of a revolution."

-- Marc VAN DE KLASHORST, International Cinephile Society