30 Nov '13, 5am

Cannes Film Fest winner Anthony Chen's Filipino inspiration for Singapore's Oscar bet 'Ilo Ilo'

Cannes Film Fest winner Anthony Chen's Filipino inspiration for Singapore's Oscar bet 'Ilo Ilo'

MANILA, Philippines - I’ve never had Jollibee,” Anthony Chen muses, “In Singapore you always have to queue for hours.” It’s his third time in the Philippines, and this Cannes Camera d’Or recipient is craving something Filipino. He’s in the country to promote Ilo Ilo, his first full-length feature about Aunty Terry, a Filipino maid who wins over her problem child of a ward. It took three years for Chen to complete the project, requiring him to dig deep into his past. His efforts are paying off. Since his Cannes win in May, he’s been touring the globe non-stop, making him and lead actress Angeli Bayani, prominent names in world cinema. On Dec. 4, Ilo Ilo will be on screens nationwide. SUPREME: When you started making films, did you ever expect that you’d get this big? ANTHONY CHEN: No. I remember when I was a student, my dream was to win an award by the time I hit 40. I did ...

Full article: http://www.philstar.com/supreme/2013/11/30/1262398/singap...

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