37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024



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. Inspired by Director Zhao’s own experiences and background as a musician, GIFT explores creative ambition and the mysteries of talent. Zhao’s debut feature film is a charming and heartwarming fairytale about the love of music and the pursuit of truth. Discussion with director-producer Sunny Zhao and actors Gordon Bass, Emma Barnett, and Sandra Simpson, moderated by Jack Steinberg


Saturday, November 3


5:00 PM


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 5

Film Info

Director: Sunny Zhao.

Runtime: 88 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2018

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Emma Barnett, Elyse Dufour, Eric Brenner, Jeffrey Klemmer, Sandra Simpson