Silver Bird and Rainbow Fish

104 minutes | 2022 | China | Animation |
Chinese | sub. English | 13+



XXI 2 | TUE 29 NOV | 12:45

XXI 1 | THU 1 DEC | 15:45

Indonesia Premiere


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. 1950s, 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.


Lei Lei


Director’s Filmography


A Bright Summer Diary (Short)



Breathless Animals



Books on Books (Short)


Production Company




Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2022

Nominee for Best Film


Hong Kong International Film Festival 2022 Nominee for Young Cinema Chinese Competition


International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022

Official selection


DOK Leipzig 2022

Official selection

Director's Profile

Lei Lei

Lei Lei

Born in 1985 in Nanchang, Lei graduated from Tsinghua University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Animation. Since then, he has worked as an independent filmmaker and experimental animation artist. His works include short animation films "This is Love" (Best Narrative Short Award at Ottawa International Film Festival in 2010), "Recycled" (selected at Annecy Film Festival, Grand Prix of Shorts & Non-Narrative Films at Holland International Animation Film Festival), and many others, which have been selected in numerous international festivals and exhibited in museums.

His previous film, mid-length documentary, "Breathless Animals" played in Berlinale Forum in 2019 and won Best mid-length documentary at Cinéma Vérité.

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