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Ilo Ilo

  • Directed by Anthony Chen
  • Singapore, 2013, 99 mins., English/Tagalog/Mandarin/Hokkien

Chen’s bittersweet drama about the relationship between a 10-year-old boy named Jiale and his caretaker Teresa in late 1990s Singapore won the Camera d’Or Award for Best Debut Feature Film at the Cannes Film Festival. Set during the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the film focuses on Teresa’s arrival from the Philippines in search of a better life and the comfort Jiale takes in Teresa’s expanding role within the family as monetary hardships threaten to splinter his parents’ marriage. “Brimming with love, humor, and heartbreak…a small but immensely likable gem.”—Variety. “The very beating heart and soul of cinematic storytelling.”—Film Comment. This year’s Singaporean submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Genres: Drama, Historical, Family