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Film-maker Anthony Chen's Cannes win 'a unanimous decision'

Judges picked Ilo Ilo as best debut feature halfway through the festival

Published on May 28, 2013 7:42 AM

LOCAL film-maker Anthony Chen's Camera d'Or win at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for best debut feature was a unanimous decision.

In fact, the judges had already decided his film Ilo Ilo was the top entry when they held a deliberation halfway through the festival, which ran this year from May 15 to Sunday.

French director Agnes Varda, president of the jury for the Camera d'Or award, told Chen this when she and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi gave him the award.

That much he remembered of the occasion he described as "unreal". "My head was a bit light," Chen, 29, told The Straits Times over the telephone from Cannes.

Anthony Chen celebrating his win on stage with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi on Sunday. His win is the first-ever feature film triumph for Singapore at the Cannes Film Festival. Ilo Ilo, about the relationship between a Singapore family and their maid, is set to open here on Aug 29. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
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