This quietly rapturous drama finds two grieving strangers drawn together in the hope of solace and reconciliation.
London-shot 'Lilting' was produced as part of the low-budget Microwave scheme and has gone on to garner critical acclaim, including a BAFTA nomination and a prize at Sundance Film Festival.
A Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son finds her life disrupted by the presence of a stranger, a young man who claims to be a close friend of her son's. We observe their difficulties in trying to connect with one another without a common language then, through a translator, they piece together memories of a man they both loved dearly. While they may not share a language, they are connected in their grief.
A touching, intimate film about the events that bring us together, 'Lilting' features rousing performances from Ben Whishaw and legendary Chinese actor Cheng Pei-Pei ('Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon') and announces director Hong Khaou as a director of rare sensitivity and confident new voice in independent British cinema.
★★★★ "Switches between low-key realism, subtle ethereality and gentle romantic and culture-clash comedy" - Patrick Peters, Empire
★★★★ "An affecting, intelligent, unapologetically downbeat feature debut" - Jonathan Romney, The Guardian