Still from Lilting

Friday, 03 October 2014: Lilting

Friday, 03 October 2014, 20:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Forest Row Film Society

Director: Hong Khaou, UK 2014, 91 mins, 15

“Quiet and spare, Lilting boasts delicate performances by Ben Whishaw and legendary Chinese actress Pei-Pei Cheng.” Sundance Filmguide

The sudden death of a young Londoner, Kai, leaves his headstrong Chinese-Cambodian mother, Junn, and his boyfriend, Richard, each in a personal and profound state of grief. Feeling a strong sense of responsibility toward Kai’s only family member, Richard reaches out to Junn, who speaks no English, but makes her dislike of Richard plain.

“Hong Khaou’s warm-hearted film offers just the kind of unexpected delight we look for in a festival. With great performances and an inventive structure, the film has an authentic and unclichéd approach to some of the big questions. Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei give extraordinary performances and we are thrilled to be launching the (British Film Institute’s London Lesbian and Gay Film) festival with such a treasure.” Clare Stewart, Head of Cinemas and Festivals, BFI

Further reading

  1. Telegraph
  2. BBC Films
  3. Sundance Filmguide
  4. Interview with director