Feature Films

Searching for ...

Alphabetic Titles:

Year of Production:

Study guide available


Search in

English Titles L

Lilet Never Happened

Original title: Lilet Never Happened
German title: Lilet Never Happened
Netherlands, 2012

Director: Groen, Jacco
Production company: Springfilm Foundation
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

The film Lilet Never Happened is a character driven story about Lilet, a maladjusted Filipino street-girl, struggling to survive on the streets of Manila. International social worker Claire tries to safe her but this hard headed, traumatized girl thinks she can take her life in her own hands. Though Lilet gets many opportunities to quit, she stubbornly chooses the hard way. The film is based on interviews with Lilet, a little girl, who became Manila’s most famous child prostitute.

The film is aiming for a broad arthouse audience. Even though the story is shown through the point of view of Filipino children, the film is very accessible. A clear and engaging storyline is combined with humor and hard hitting scenes, which are alternated with high pace. Style-wise the film could be compared to films like City of God and Slumdog Millionaire.

Utrecht 2012, Warsaw 2012, Just Film Tallinn 2012, Kristiansand 2013 (awarded), Zlin 2013, Buster Copenhagen 2013 (awarded), Cinekid Amsterdam 2013, Filemon Brussels 2013, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2013

Website: www.liletneverhappened.com

World sales address/es:
Media Luna (DE)

Sold to:
Amstelfilm (NL)