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Lilting to open 28th BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Date posted: 12.02.2014

The 28th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival will open on 20 March with the European premiere of Lilting, Hong Khaou's poetic drama of love and loss made through Film London Microwave which opened the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

"I'm so thrilled Lilting will be opening the LLGFF," says Khaou. "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."

BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The primary showcase for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex film in the UK, this year's BFI LLGFF takes place in London 20-30 March. Programmers promise a bumper festival in 2014 with 50 features, a new VOD strand through the BFI Player, an enhanced industry offer including an LGBT talent development programme, plus visiting film-makers, events, installations and a previously unseen Jarman work.

"Khaou's warm-hearted film offers just the kind of unexpected delight we look for in a festival," says Clare Stewart, Head of Cinemas and Festivals, BFI. "With great performances and a dream-like 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 2014, supported by Principal Sponsor Accenture, will be released at a public launch event on 19 February at BFI Southbank and online.

The Genesis of Lilting

Produced by Dominic Buchanan, through Film London Microwave, Lilting was produced in association with BBC Films with Exec Producers Stink, SUMS Film & Media and Bob & Co. Artificial Eye will distribute in the UK, Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales and the film recently was picked up by Strand Releasing for North American distribution.

Lilting is Khaou's debut feature following two successful shorts, also produced through Film London, which both played at the LLGFF in previous years.

Sundance Successes

Following its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, Lilting received bountiful positive buzz and reviews, as well as the Cinematography Award in the World Dramatic competition.

Variety praised Khaou's directorial skills as he "displays a sure touch with actors and a sharp ear for the stop-and-go rhythms of two people," while Hollywood Reported lauded the film for its "intriguing relationship dynamics and an intensely moving performance from Ben Whishaw."

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