Talk to Ilo Ilo director Anthony Chen
To what extent did Singapore-born film-maker Anthony Chen use his family’s experience of employing a Filipino maid to make his award-winning debut feature Ilo Ilo?
Some Straits Times readers will get the chance to ask him that question at a special screening of the movie a week before its official release here.
As part of The Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) programme, which actively engages and rewards ST readers and the community, 100 pairs of tickets will be given away to a preview of the movie at Golden Village VivoCity on Aug 21.
Chen, who won the prestigious Camera d’Or Award for Best Debut Feature at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with Ilo Ilo, will take part in a 30- minute dialogue session with the audience after the screening.
The film examines the relationships within a family of three and their maid Teresa, who is from the Philippines. Set against the backdrop of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, it examines the strained relationships that lie at the heart of the family, even as Teresa begins to develop a connection with Jiale, a stubborn and defiant boy whom she looks after while his parents are at work.
It stars actress Yeo Yann Yann from the box-office hit 881 (2007), MediaCorp actor Chen Tianwen, Filipino actress Angeli Bayani and child actor Koh Jia Ler, who makes his debut in this film.
Anthony Chen, 29, received the Young Artist Award in 2009 and is now based in London after completing his master’s in film directing at the National Film and Television School in the United Kingdom. His short films Ah Ma (2007) and Haze (2008) have also been nominated for awards at the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, respectively.
Besides the Ilo Ilo preview, ST readers can also look forward to other treats in the coming months as part of the newspaper’s 168th anniversary this year.
A contest called Wherever You Are – which requires readers to take and submit a photo or video of themselves enjoying their lives, such as having a meal, playing a sport or relaxing on holiday – offers weekly cash prizes of $1,000. The grand- prize winner will walk away with a trip for two to London, with a hotel stay courtesy of Millennium & Copthorne Hotel.
To win a pair of tickets to the movie preview, simply answer the question below:
What award did the movie Ilo Ilo win at the Cannes Film Festival?
a. The Academy Award
b. The Camera d’Or Award
c. The Golden Globe Award
SMS your answer to 146-077-877 from now till midnight on Aug 11 in this format:
STARILO Answer NRIC E-mail Your name.
For example: STARILO C S1234567D email@example.com mary tan
Deadline: Aug 11, midnight
Terms & conditions
All correct entries will be eligible for a lucky draw on Aug 12 at SPH News Centre.
100 lucky readers will each win a pair of tickets to the show on Wed, Aug 21.
They will be notified by email to collect their tickets at the GV Vivocity foyer on Aug 21, 6pm onwards.
Staff of SPH and their immediate family members are not eligible to join the contest.
SMS entries sent via automated applications on or from computers, mobile apps or any kind of device are ineligible for the contest.
Each SMS cost S$0.21 (w/GST). All entrants below the age of 18 must seek parental consent.