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GIFT (2018)

1 hr 29 min 34 sec   |   English, Italian   |  Canada | Robin McKenna

GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character‐driven stories. On North America's Pacific Northwest Coast, a young indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch - to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, an occupied factory becomes a home for migrants, protected by a 'barricade of art': a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift. In the “pirate utopia” of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-­apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom - a “transformative gift” of song.