USA - Netherlands | 2022 | Color | Animation | 104 min
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...
- Rotterdam IFF 2022
- Göteborg IFF 2022
Ingmar Bergman Competition
- Visions du Réel 2022
- Annecy Festival 2022
- Hiroshima Animation Season 2022
- Hong Kong IFF 2022
Young Cinema Competition
- Ottawa International Animation Festival 2022
Animation & Image Sound Design & Music
With the support of
Tessa Rose JACKSON
Janneke VAN DE KERKHOF
HUBERT BALS FUND
NETHERLANDS FILM FUND
Cinemart Wouter Barendrecht Award
"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