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Gift

Robin McKenna / Canada / 2018 / 89 ' / English - Italian - French / S.T. French - English

Credits

Mahi Rahgozar
Robin McKenna
Mark O'Fearghail & Nicolas Canniccioni
Sylvain Bellemarre
Serge Nakachi Pelletier
Robin McKenna & Ina Fichman

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GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character-driven stories to exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy.

Synopsis

Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern WorldGIFT 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, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, 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. GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.

 

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