The luminous bird weaves together the three parts of this lyrical short film. In “Free Life,” it is a legend connecting life and death. In “Autumn Equinox,” it is a book of poetry penned in love. In “Cyan,” it is a band captured in a fleeting moment. Rather than rely on clichés, the film evokes subtle images that let the viewer find their own meaning. Across each story, the luminous bird underscores love’s power to unlock the soul. When the journey ends, we’re left to discover our own luminous bird waiting inside.
Directed by Zimeng Li and Ruixi Zhou (China)