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Singapore Selects First-Time Feature 'Ilo Ilo' as Foreign-Language Oscar Submission (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 3, 2013 at 11:27AM

Singapore has picked first-time feature filmmaker Anthony Chen's "Ilo Ilo" as its submission for the Foreign-Language Oscar. It won the Camera d'Or prize unanimously for best debut feature at Cannes in May.
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"Ilo Ilo"
"Ilo Ilo"

Singapore has picked first-time feature filmmaker Anthony Chen's "Ilo Ilo" as its submission for the Foreign-Language Oscar. It won the Camera d'Or prize unanimously for best debut feature at Cannes in May.

The film, which had a Singapore release at the end of August, centers on a Filipino maid living with a Singaporean family in the midst of the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997.

Singapore Film Commission director Yeo Chung Chen stated that "'Ilo Ilo' is a uniquely Singapore story...which also resonates with the rest of the world."

In other Foreign-Language Oscar contender news, Germany recently selected "Two Lives," starring international icon (and Ingmar Bergman's long-time muse) Liv Ullmann, as its pick.

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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.