Ilo Ilo gets four nods at Asia-Pacific Film Fest

Ilo Ilo gets four nods at Asia-Pacific Film Fest
The main cast of local film Ilo Ilo, which won the prestigious Camera d’Or Award for Best Debut Feature at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013 at the gala screening for the movie held at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands on 24 August 2013. They comprise (from left) Filipino actress Angeli Bayani, local actor Chen Tianwen, newcomer Koh Jia Ler, Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann and director Anthony Chen. They are seen here blowing a cake in celebration the first birthday of Yeo’s baby, Vera. Yeo was pregnant during filming and her birth was documented by Chen and shown at the end of the movie as an epilogue.

Hong Kong - Hot on the heels of its Golden Horse wins, Singapore drama Ilo Ilo has been nominated for four awards at this month's Asia- Pacific Film Festival.

In nominations announced over the weekend, it grabbed nods for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, Best Actress for Filipina actress Angeli Bayani and Best Supporting Actress for Malaysian Yeo Yann Yann.

According to Ilo Ilo's Facebook page, the movie will also screen during the 56th festival, opening in Macau on Dec 13. The awards ceremony will be held on Dec 15.

Written and directed by Singaporean Anthony Chen, the movie about a Filipino domestic helper in a Singapore household will once again compete for Best Picture with Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster and Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs.

Ilo Ilo had triumphed over Wong's and Tsai's films at Taipei's Golden Horse Awards a week ago to win Best Feature Film. It also won Best New Director and Original Screenplay for Anthony Chen and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo, 36.

In Macau, Bayani, who plays domestic helper Auntie Terry in Ilo Ilo, will face strong competition in fellow nominee Zhang Ziyi, the newly crowned Golden Horse Best Actress for her role in The Grandmaster.

Yeo is up against Oscar winner Tilda Swinton in South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's Snowpiercer, among other nominees.

Chen, 29, will vie for the screenplay prize with nominees such as acclaimed Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, whose film Closed Curtain is in the race.

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