SPILLEFILM / FEATURE

Lilting

Hong Khaous (Spring, Skeive Filmer 2011) spillefilmdebut er en vakker og kraftfull film om møtet mellom to fremmede av ulik alder, kultur og bakgrunn. Begge bærer på et savn og ubeskrivelig sorg etter at den ene personen som binder dem sammen dør uventet.

Richard (Ben Whishaw, Parfymen & Cloud Atlas) er sønderknust etter tapet av kjæresten Kai, og klandrer delvis seg selv for dødsfallet. Kais eneste familie er moren Junn (Pei-Pei Cheng, Snikende Tiger, Skjult Drage), som har aldri blitt integrert i samfunnet og snakker lite engelsk. Høydepunktene i tilværelsen var de faste stundene med Kai. Richard føler et sterkt ansvar over at hun er alene i sorgen og oppsøker henne på pleiehjemmet. Han presenterer seg som Kais ”bestevenn”, men fra første stund er det åpenbart at Junn misliker ham. Richard får hjelp av en oversetter for å kommunisere, noe som også skaper misforståelser og sinne, men like fullt er de bundet sammen i minnene om mannen de begge elsket.

Regissør og manusforfatter Khaou har skapt en intim og innsiktsfull film, både oppfinnsom og nærmest er øredøvende i sin stillfarenhet, mye takket være det utrolige rolletolkningene og samspillet mellom Whishaw og Cheng.

Lilting hadde premiere på Sundance Filmfestival i år hvor filmen mottok Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic for fotograf Ula Pontikos innsats (som også står bak Andrew Haighs film Weekend, Skeive Filmer 2011).

En uforglemmelig film.

Manusforfatter / regissør Hong Khaou vil være tilstede.

Writer/director Hong Khaou will be present.

Lilting is a hauntingly beautiful and powerful tale about two strangers different in age, culture, and background, but connected in grief after the one person they both love dies unexpectedly. Richard is devastated by the loss of his lover Kai, and feels responsible for Kai’s only family member, his Cambodian-Chinese mother Junn. She never integrated, hardly speaks English, and lives in a care facility. Richard reaches out to her, presenting himself as Kai’s friend, but Junn’s disdain is obvious. With the help of an interpreter they open a dialogue, which occasionally causes more tension. But as they piece together their memories of Kai, it becomes clear they are forever connected by man they both loved.

Writer/director Hong Khaou’s feature debut is an intimate, inventive, and tender tale, with beautiful photography, and nothing short of extraordinary performances by Ben Whishaw and Pei-Pei Cheng.

Unforgettable.

Winner of Cinematography Award: World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2014.

TRAILER

  • lørdag
    20.09
    • kl. 19.00
  • mandag
    22.09
    • kl. 20.00
DETALJER / DETAILS
Storbritannia/UK 2014, 86 min

Regi/Dir: Hong Khaou

Med/Cast: Ben Whishaw, Pei-Pei Cheng, Andrew Leung, Peter Bowles, Naomi Christie

Engelsk & mandarin tale, engelsk tekst

English & mandarin with English subtitles

GJESTER / GUESTS
  • Hong Khaou
    Hong KhaouLILTING
    Hong Khaou was born in Cambodia, grew up in Vietnam and is now living in London. He got his BA Hons degree in Film & Video at Surrey Institute of Art of Design, and went on to work in theatres to develop his skills as a writer. This led to various writers’ attachment programs with The Royal Court, Polka Theatre, Dende Collective and Yellow Earth Theatre.He was also selected for the BBC / Royal Court New Writing Initiatives, where 50 emerging writers were chosen to take part in in-house writing opportunities for various departments within the BBC and Royal Court Theatre.After 7 years of managing Indie film distribution company Peccadillo Pictures’ Home Entertainment department, he made the move into filmmaking. He wrote and directed two short films, Summer (2007) and Spring (2011), which were selected for Berlinale and Sundance film festivals respectively.

    With Lilting’s freshness in cinematic language, and its subtle, yet intense power, writer/director Khao’s debut feature keeps on impressing audiences and critics alike.