Director: Hong Khaou
Running time: 91min
Location / Venue: Hackney Picturehouse
Time: 8.45 PM
When Kai dies, his lover Richard (Ben Whishaw) reaches out to Junn (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’s Cheng Pei Pei), Kai’s Chinese-Cambodian mother. Unaware of her son’s sexuality, and unable to speak English, she slowly comes to acknowledge, understand and share Richard’s grief, in this subtly, minimally drawn debut from Hong Khaou. Previously supported by the Tower Hamlets Film Fund (then connected to the East End Film Festival) for his 2006 short film Summer, Khaou’s film beautifully explores the limits language to express emotion, and the ways that loss can bring the walls down.
Tickets available from the Hackney Picturehouse website here.