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Image of Ben Whishaw on Regent's Canal in Lilting

Film London-produced Lilting acquired by US distributor Strand

Date posted: 06.02.2014

Audiences across North America will be given the opportunity to see Hong Khaou's stunning debut feature Lilting, as Strand Releasing picks up rights. A Film London Microwave production, the drama is set to hit US screens in late summer.

On hearing the news, Hong Khaou said: "I'm so thrilled Lilting has found a home in Strand Releasing, they have a fearless reputation for releasing strong art-house international films for the US."

Lilting had its premiere last month when it opened the World Cinema Dramatic competition at the 30th Sundance International Film Festival to great acclaim – picking up the award for Best Cinematography.

In good company

Strand releasing is known for spotting art films with commercial potential, and recent releases include award-winning Tyrannosaur, critically acclaimed Stranger By the Lake and Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh, which opens in cinemas next month.

Khaou continued: "They've nurtured film-makers such as Gregg Araki, Francois Ozon, Jacques Nolot and Alain Guiraudie – I feel flattered to be in such good company"

Film London Microwave and Lilting

With striking performances from a star-studded cast led by Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas) and Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) Lilting offers a touching exploration of love across a language divide.

Following its premiere at the internationally acclaimed Sundance Film Festival the film received great reviews. Variety praised it as an "intimate and sensitive" film, while Hollywood Reporter celebrated Ben Whishaw's "intensely moving performance".

It is the eighth feature from Film London Microwave, joining critically acclaimed iLL Manors, BAFTA-nominated Shifty and the recently released Borrowed Time, awarded Best of the Fest at the 2012 Edinburgh Film Festival.

The micro-budget feature film fund provides an intensive approach to film-making and challenges film-makers to shoot a feature film for no more than £120,000 with cash and in-kind support.

This is the latest piece of good news for the team behind Lilting: Artificial Eye already own the UK rights while Transmission Films will release it in Australia. Protagonist Pictures are managing sales and will screen Lilting for international buyers at the Berlinale European Film Market.   

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