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Lilting

Lilting
Director : Hong Khaou
Genre : Drama,romantic
Producer : Dominic Buchanan
Writer : Hong Khaou
Music Director : Stuart Earl
Releasing On : 26 September 2014
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Lilting is a 2014 British drama film written and directed by Cambodian-born British director Hong Khaou, whose short film, Spring, was selected for Sundance and Berlinale film festival 2011.It is produced by Dominic Buchanan, whose debut film Gimme The Loot had its World Premiere at SXSW in March 2012 and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature.

The film had its world premiere on January 16, 2014, on Day One of the Sundance Film Festival, at which it compete in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. It won the Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic at the festival.The film had a theatrical release in UK on August 8, 2014 and is schedule to be release on September 26, 2014 in United States.

Plot

Lilting tells the story of a mother’s attempt at understanding who her son is after his untimely death. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of his lover. Together, they attempt to overcome their grief whilst struggling against not having a shared language.

Production

The script, original titled Lilting the Past, won third spot in the 2011 Brit List, a list of the best unproduced British screenplays.

The film was one of three films greenlit by Microwave in early 2012. A casting call was later released for the three of the lead roles, later filled by Cheng Pei-pei and Andrew Leung.

Filming began in November 2012.Director Khaou has said the film will be visually inspired by Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love.

During production, as part of the Microwave scheme, Michael Winterbottom mentored writer/director Khaou, while producer Buchanan was mentored by Ken Marshall, producer of London to Brighton, Filth and Song for Marion. As with all Microwave films, the budget was £120,000. It is the first bi-lingual film to be made under the Microwave scheme.

Reception

Lilting won the Cinematography Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Critical response

Lilting was met with positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 96% of 24 film critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.9 out of 10.

Justin Chang, in his review for Variety, said that the film "Hong Khaou makes a fine debut with this quietly resonant cross-cultural chamber piece." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, saying, "Delicate and unhurried almost to a fault, though also hauntingly sexy and even humorous at times." Amber Wilkinson from Telegraph gave the film three out of five stars and praised the lead actor that "Whishaw is magnetic as a man pushed to the edge of fragility by mourning, but who still suggests a quiet strength.

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