A journey of a lifetime in pursuit of truth, love, and the love of music.


Abigail Phillips is an American farm girl who grows up to become a world-renowned pianist. Behind her success there is a secret. When Abigail is ten years old, she stumbles upon a mysterious piano on her father's farm. As the mystery of the piano unfolds, it becomes increasingly apparent that Abigail is not the only one whose life has been profoundly affected by the object.

A film about creative ambition, the mysteries of talent, and the history of the life of an object, Sunny Zhao's debut feature film is an ambitious story told in a unique fashion. At the center of the film is the piano itself, through which other characters in past and present sequences are given context.

Inspired by Zhao's own experiences and background as a musician, GIFT explores the joys and hardships of developing and nurturing creative talents. Filmed in an atmospheric style, with slow-motion sequences and saturated colors that lend it a dreamlike quality, GIFT is a charming and heartwarming fairy tale about the love of music and the pursuit of truth.