13 February 2014

LILTING European Premiere

By otm


LONDON – Wednesday 12 February 2014: The 28th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film
Festival will open on 20th March with the European premiere of LILTING, Hong
Khaou’s poetic drama of love and loss, starring Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei Pei
(Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Andrew Leung, and Peter Bowles, which opened
the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

LILTING is produced by Dominic Buchanan, through Film London Microwave in
association with BBC Films, with Exec Producers Stink, SUMS Film & Media and Bob
& Co. Artificial Eye will distribute in the UK and Protagonist Pictures are handling
international sales. LILTING is UK-based Hong Khaou’s debut feature, following two
successful shorts which both played at the LLGFF in previous years.

Critics have warmed to LILTING’s gentle charms, as a love story, a tale of culture
clash and miscommunication, and a lyrical engagement with the effects of sudden
loss, on loved ones and their close family. Cinematography by Ula Pontikos
(Weekend) won an award at Sundance.

Hong Khaou said, “I’m so thrilled Lilting will be opening the LLGFF. It’s a wonderful
film festival to kick off our home and European premiere. It feels like a perfect fit to
have it in London and at the BFI. I’m thankful Clare and her team have given us such
a prestigious slot, it shows a lot of love and faith in Lilting.“

Clare Stewart, Head of Cinemas and Festivals, BFI said, “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 festival with
such a treasure.”

The full programme of the LLGFF (20th March – 30th March 2014) supported by
Principal Sponsor Accenture will be released at a public launch event on Wednesday
19th February at BFI Southbank, and online. Programmers promise a bumper festival
with 50 features, a new VOD strand through the BFI Player, an enhanced industry
offer including an LGBT talent development programme, plus visiting filmmakers,
events, installations and a previously unseen Jarman work. Following a wide
audience consultation in 2013, the BFI will also announce a new name for the
Festival, and launch its monthly incarnation at BFI Southbank alongside a collection
of contemporary and archive LGBT film available to stream on the BFI Player. The
new brand will be unveiled at the launch event.