Lilting, winner of Best Cinematography at this year's Sundance Film Festival, opens Friday for a week-long run at Coral Gables Art Cinema.
“It’s a beautifully poetic film about a mother grieving the loss of her son, while the son’s young male lover appears and tries to connect with the mother,” says Javier Chavez, the theater’s program coordinator.
Sunday afternoon, Lilting director Hong Khaou will conduct a live video Q&A at the 4:15 p.m. screening.
Here are more details about the film, from the theater’s news release:
The poetic and beautifully photographed film Lilting begins its Exclusive Miami First Run Engagement on Friday, October 10 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Winner of the Best Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Lilting stars martial arts legend Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), two heartbroken people grieving the loss of their mutual love while battling a language barrier. Through its muted, sun-toned cinematography, the film shows how two characters bond despite their differences. As much a meditation on grief, Lilting is also celebration of life that shows love is a transcendent force capable of eclipsing language, cultures and all points of view.
The Gables Cinema will host a live video-link Q&A with Lilting director Hong Khaou at the 4:15 pm screening on Sunday, October 12. Named as one of the 'Stars of Tomorrow' by Screen International in 2013, Mr. Khaou makes his feature length debut with Lilting, based in part on his own family's status as political refugees from Cambodia adjusting to England in the 1980s. He has previously written and directed two short films: Summer (2006) and Spring (2011).
In Lilting, Cheng plays a mother mourning the loss of her son while adjusting her old-fashioned ways to a foreign culture. Her life is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of a young man played by Whishaw, who hires an interpreter to bridge the gap between Cheng and her would-be suitor. Whishaw struggles to communicate to Cheng the truth about his romantic relationship with her son and unintentionally projects his own grief onto her. Although they find it difficult to understand one another in spite of the interpreter, they forge a bond through their mutually shared longing for the deceased. Time Out London calls Lilting, "A thoughtful London-set study of love, grief and cultural differences."
Tickets for regular screenings are $11.50 and under and can be purchased in advance on the Cinema's website at www.gablescinema.com or in person at the box office during regular screening hours. For more information visit the website or the Cinema's Facebook page, www.facebook/gablescinema, or contact the Cinema at firstname.lastname@example.org or (786) 385-9689. Full-week screening times will be announced shortly.
The Coral Gables Art Cinema is South Florida's leading state-of-the-art venue for experiencing independent, alternative and international film, offering first-run, seven-day-a-week showcase presentations in both 35mm and true industry-standard theater quality digital projection. It is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, directly across the street from Books & Books, on the western end of the ground floor of the Museum Parking Garage.
Funding for the Coral Gables Art Cinema comes in part from the City of Coral Gables; the Coral Gables Community Foundation; the Knight Foundation; Steven Krams and Midge Blumberg-Krams; Bacardi; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the many businesses, individual donors and members who contribute to the Cinema's work.
If you go
▪ What: Exclusive Miami First Run Engagement of Lilting in 2K Digital Cinema Projection, including live video-link Q&A with Lilting director Hong Khaou at 4:15 p.m. Sunday screening.
▪ When: Lilting showtimes are 4:45, 7:00 & 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4:15(Q&A), 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. Sunday; and 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
▪ Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; parking on-site in covered garage.
▪ Admission and information: Tickets including the Q&A are $11.50 for adults, $7 children, $8 members, $10 students and seniors. www.gablescinema.com, www.facebook/gablescinema, email@example.com or (786) 385-9689.