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London's talent gets international showcase with strong Lilting sales

Date posted: 15.04.2014

London's film-making talent are continuing to make a global impact with the ongoing success of Lilting - Hong Khaou's debut feature, produced through our Microwave scheme.  

Following successful opening night screenings at the Sundance Film Festival and BFI Flare, sales agent Protagonist announced Lilting can add strong international sales to its growing list of accolades.

Starring Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, I'm Not There) and Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the film is a contemporary love story. A lyrical tale of culture clash and the lack of shared language, Lilting explores the effects of sudden loss on loved ones and close family.

International reach

This critically acclaimed film has already proved popular with audiences and Strand Releasing was quick to get in early for the US market. They have been swiftly followed by distributors from across the world who have been keen to make the most of this opportunity. Confirmed distributors and territories include:

  • Australia and New Zealand Transmission Films
  • Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) ABC Cinemien
  • France Jour2Fete
  • Germany Salzgeber
  • Japan Moviola
  • Scandinavia Non Stop
  • Spain Surtsey
  • Middle East Front Row

It will also be available to airlines through Jaguar and audiences in the UK will be able to see it courtesy of Curzon/Artificial Eye when it is released in the summer.

Critical success continues with European Premiere

Hong Khaou's tender drama had its European premiere at BFI Flare last month, and the critics were unanimous in their praise.

"Lilting is one of those films meant to shake you up from the inside but also leave you with a reinvigorating sense of hope despite the ongoing melancholia. Aided by outstanding performances across the board and especially by a heartbreakingly authentic Whishaw, Hong Khaou easily establishes himself as one of those emerging talents able to share their sensibility with grace and poetic touch." - Francesco Cerniglia, Film Editor, Candid Magazine

"Made with a budget of £120,000 the film is a triumph, made with an unmistakable beauty and a touching, almost delicate touch." - The New Current 

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