8th edition: 10 April – 14 April 2019

Lilting (2016 Feature Film)

Marisol Gómez Mouakad | Puerto Rico, Mexico | 2016 | color | DCP | 90 min | Spanish, English | e.s.

After Kai’s sudden death, his British boyfriend Richard tries to get to know Junn, Kai’s Asian mother. She however speaks no English and doesn’t know her son was gay. Can an interpreter offer a solution to Richard and Junn or is more needed?

British Richard was blissfully happy with his boyfriend Kai, until the latter died suddenly. Junn, Kai’s Asian mother mourns equally. However she doesn’t know her son was gay and shared his life with Richard. The latter tries to look after her the way Kai would have wanted. But how do you do that if you don’t speak each other’s language and there’s always an elephant in the room? The director was inspired by his own life. In the 1980s he arrived in the UK from Cambodia with his parents as a political refugee. The new language and culture were difficult and the family encountered plenty of obstacles. Hong Khaou wrote this reserved drama with emotionally charged dream sequences by asking the burning question: how do you deal with a still alien environment if your only lifeline disappears and communication breaks down on multiple levels?

Place: CINEMA 6

Date: 6 April 2016

Time: 20:15

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 6

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1:45

Year in
Festival

2016

Director

Hong Khaou

Camera

Urszula Pontikos

Cast

Ben Whishaw
Pei-Pei Cheng
Andrew Leung
Naomi Christie

Country

United Kingdom

Editor

Mark Towns

Language

English
Mandarin

Length

86 min

Music

Stuart Earl

Producer

Dominic Buchanan

Production Company

London Film Productions
Lilting Production
Microwave

Production Design

Miren Marañón

Sales

Protagonist Pictures

Scenario

Hong Khaou

Sound Design

Anna Bertmark
Joakim Sundström

Year of Production

2014

Hong KHAOU (1975, Cambodia) emigrated to the UK in the 1980s with his parents as a political refugee. He works there as a scriptwriter and director. After the short films Summer (2006) and Spring (2011), his first feature film Lilting was released in 2014.

 

Filmography

Waiting for Movement (2005, short), Summer (2006, short), Spring (2011, short), Lilting (2014)