Ilo Ilo

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Ilo Ilo
Ilo Ilo Movie Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Anthony Chen
Produced by Ang Hwee Sim
Anthony Chen
Wahyuni A. Hadi
Written by Anthony Chen
Starring Chen Tianwen
Yeo Yann Yann
Angeli Bayani
Koh Jia Ler
Cinematography Benoit Soler
Edited by Hoping Chen
Joanne Cheong
Production
company
Singapore Film Commission
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Fisheye Pictures
Distributed by Memento Films International (World Sales)
Golden Village Pictures (Singapore)
Epicentre (France)
Golden Scene (Hong Kong)
Media Asia (China)
Release dates
  • May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19) (Cannes)
  • August 29, 2013 (2013-08-29) (Singapore)
Running time 99 minutes
Country Singapore
Language Chinese, English, Tagalog
Budget S$700,000[1][2]
Box office Singapore (S$1.2 million)

Ilo Ilo (Chinese: 爸妈不在家) is a 2013 Singaporean family film. The debut feature of director Anthony Chen, the film features an international cast, including Singaporean actor Chen Tianwen, Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann and Filipino actress Angeli Bayani.[3]

Ilo Ilo was first premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight on 19 May 2013.[4] At the festival, the film was awarded the Camera d'Or award, thus becoming the first Singaporean feature film to win an award at the Cannes Film Festival.[5] The film was selected as the Singaporean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[6] but was not nominated.

Synopsis[edit]

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Ilo Ilo chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipina domestic helper, Teresa, who has come, like many other Filipinas, in search of a better life.

The entire family needs to adapt to the presence of this stranger, which further threatens their already strained relationship. Still, Teresa and Jiale, the young and troublesome boy she cares for, soon form a bond. Their unique connection continues to develop and soon she becomes an unspoken part of the family.

Cast[edit]

  • Chen Tianwen as Teck, the father
  • Yeo Yann Yann as Hwee Leng, the mother
  • Koh Jia Ler as Jiale
  • Angeli Bayani as Teresa or Terry

Production[edit]

Partially funded by Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Singapore Film Commission, the film's budget is estimated to be around S$700,000.[1]

Reception[edit]

Ilo Ilo received positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was later awarded the Camera d'Or award, an award which recognizes the best debut feature film in the competition.[5] It received six nominations at the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards.,[7] and won 4, namely Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann Yann.[8]

Awards[edit]

Film[edit]

  • May 2013, Camera d'Or, Canne Film Festival (Cannes, France)
  • Sep 2013, Best Feature, 11th Pacific Meridian Film Festival (Vladivostok, Russia)
  • Sep 2013, NETPAC Prize, 11th Pacific Meridian Film Festival (Vladivostok, Russia)
  • Sep 2013, Grand Jury Prize, 10th Jameson Cinefest (Miskolc, Hungary)
  • Sep 2013, FIPRESCI Prize, 10th Jameson Cinefest (Miskolc, Hungary)
  • Sep 2013, International Ecumenical Jury Prize, 10th Jameson Cinefest (Miskolc, Hungary)
  • Oct 2013, Best Narrative Feature Film, 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival (Philadelphia, United States)
  • Oct 2013, First Feature “Sutherland Award”, 57th British Film Institute London Film Festival (London, United Kingdom)
  • Oct 2013, Best Feature Film, Molodist Film Festival (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Oct 2013, FIPRESCI Prize, Molodist Film Festival (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Nov 2013, New Talent Award, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (Hong Kong)
  • Nov 2013, Best Film, 50th Golden Horse Awards (Taipei)
  • Nov 2013, Piaget Best Screenplay Award (Special Award), 50th Golden Horse Awards (Taipei)
  • Dec 2013, Audience Award, Tokyo Filmex Film Festival (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dec 2013, Best Film, Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature section, Dubai Film Festival (Dubai, UAE)

Individual[edit]

  • Sep 2013, Best Actress (Yeo Yann Yann), 11th Pacific Meridian Film Festival (Vladivostok, Russia)
  • Sep 2013, Best Actor (Koh Jia Ler), 9th Eurasia Film Festival, (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • Oct 2013, Best Actress (Yeo Yann Yann), 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (Mumbai, India)
  • Oct 2013, Best Director (Anthony Chen), 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (Mumbai, India)
  • Nov 2013, Best Supporting Actress (Yeo Yann Yann), 50th Golden Horse Awards (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Nov 2013, Best New Director (Anthony Chen), 50th Golden Horse Awards (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Nov 2013, Best Original Screenplay (Anthony Chen), 50th Golden Horse Awards (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Dec 2013, Best Director (Anthony Chen), 7th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Dec 2013, Best Supporting Actress (Yeo Yann Yann), Asia Pacific Film Festival (Macau)
  • Dec 2013, Best Actress (Yeo Yann Yann), Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature section, Dubai Film Festival (Dubai, UAE)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chan, Boon (May 30, 2013). "S'pore film-maker's Cannes win 'a unanimous decision'". AsiaOne. 
  2. ^ "Foreign interest in ‘Ilo Ilo’ picks up pace". Yahoo! Singapore. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "S'pore film gets standing ovation at Cannes". The Straits Times. asiaone. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Dalton, Stephen (5 May 2013). "Ilo Ilo: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Loh, Genevieve (27 May 2013). "Ilo Ilo is first S’pore film to win at Cannes". Today. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ilo Ilo headed for the Oscars?". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  7. ^ "‘Ilo Ilo’ earns 6 nominations for the Golden Horse Awards". Yahoo! News. 1 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "‘Ilo Ilo’ earns 6 nominations for the Golden Horse Awards". Channel News Asia. 24 November 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Beijing Blues
Golden Horse Awards for Best Film
2013
Succeeded by
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