Singaporean Film Wins at Cannes Film Festival

Singapore film industry celebrates as Ilo Ilo, a Singaporean feature film, takes home the most desired Camera d’Or prize for best feature film at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Ilo Ilo, directed by Anthony Chen, is the first Singaporean feature film to win at the said film festival held annually in France and previews films of all genres from all around the world.

For Director Chen, the victory is a total surprise and that he is still trying to take it in.

He also added that the honor is not only for him as the director, but also for Singapore, as it is the very first time a Singaporean feature film has been awarded at the most respected and admired film festival.

Films were screened from the International Critics’ Week, Director’s Fortnight, and Official Selection sections, and some 18 films were eligible for the Camera d’Or.

Ilo Ilo was screened in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar program.

Director’s Fortnight was created by the French Film Directors Association and is regarded as one of the world’s best showcases of promising filmmaking talents.

Despite the technical problems faced by Ilo Ilo during its premiere, director Chen and his cast still received a 15-minute standing ovation from the audiences.

Ilo Ilo, a story about the relationship between a Singaporean family and their new Filipino maid during the Asian financial crisis in 1997, stars Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, Filipino actress Angeli Bayani, and veteran Singaporean TV actor Chen Tianwen.

The whole cast of the film has received enthusiastic reviews in different international publications.

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