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Singapore Oscar Entry 'Ilo Ilo' Nabs Four Golden Horse Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 23, 2013 at 2:58PM

"Ilo Ilo," the Singapore submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, just added new awards kudos to its collection of wins. The film took home the Caméra D’Or for best first feature (writer-director Anthony Chen) at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (it played in Directors Fortnight), Best First Feature at the London Film Festival, Best Feature Film and the FIPRESCI Prize at Molodist in Kiev, Best Director at Mumbai Film Festival, among others.
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"Ilo Ilo"
"Ilo Ilo"

"Ilo Ilo," the Singapore submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, just added new awards kudos to its collection of wins. The film took home the Caméra D’Or for best first feature (writer-director Anthony Chen) at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (it played in Directors Fortnight), Best First Feature at the London Film Festival, Best Feature Film and the FIPRESCI Prize at Molodist in Kiev, Best Director at Mumbai Film Festival, among others.

Saturday "Ilo Ilo" won four Golden Horse Awards (the Oscars of Chinese-language cinema) for Best Feature, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress against such stiff competition from films by veteran directors including Wong Kar Wai, Tsai Ming-liang, Johnnie To and Jia Zhangke.   

Film Movement will release the film in Spring 2014.  

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, Foreign, Best Foreign-Language Film, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.