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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Hong Khaou’s Lilting

#82. Hong Khaou’s Lilting

Gist: Placed third on 2011 Brit List, with Ben Whishaw toplining, 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.

Prediction: Critics’ Week. Michael Winterbottom mentored the Cambodia-born, Vietnam-bred London-based filmmaker Hong Khaou (his 2011 short Spring, was selected for Sundance and Berlin) a true mishmash of a background just like the composition of the film itself — which commenced filming in November and which the filmmaker himself compares it stylistically to Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love. Like Broken in the previous year, the section unearths its fair share of talented U.K first-time feature-length filmmakers.



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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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