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ILO ILO 爸妈不在家

What ILO ILO is the debut feature-length film by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen, which won the Camera d'Or at Cannes Film Festival. Anthony will be present for a post screening Q&A in this exclusive preview screening for SFS. Screening is rated PG13 (Brief Coarse Language).
When 26 August 2013 (Monday), 7pm
Where Golden Village VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk VivoCity, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 098585 Tel: 6311 9162

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.


SFS Talkies: ILO ILO 爸妈不在家

Director: Anthony Chen

Cast: Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tianwen, Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler

Runtime: 99 minutes

Language: Chinese, English, Tagalog with English subtitles

Rating: PG13 (Brief Coarse Language)



Set in Singapore, ILO ILO chronicles the relationship between the Lim family and their newly arrived maid, Teresa. Like many other Filipino women, she has come to this city in search of a better life. Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, starts to form a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family.

But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is beginning to be felt in the region…

*Winner of Camera d'Or (Best New Director), Cannes Film Festival 2013



Born in 1984 in Singapore, Anthony Chen enrolled in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies at the early age of 17 to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He graduated from film school with his graduation film, G-23 which screened at multiple festivals worldwide and won awards in Europe and Asia. His second short film, Ah Ma (Grandma), was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, and was awarded a Special Mention, the first time a Singapore film was awarded in Cannes. Haze (2008), his next short, screened in competition at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.


Collectively, his shorts have screened at numerous prestigious film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, London, Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Sydney, Montreal, Melbourne, Chicago, Hawaii, etc. Anthony is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and Golden Horse Film Academy. In 2009, he was accorded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore. In 2010, he completed his Masters in Film Directing at the National Film and Television School, UK with a scholarship from the Media Development Authority of Singapore. Anthony now works between London and Singapore. ILO ILO marks his feature film debut after 8 short films.

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