Singapore movie starring Pinay indie film actress Angeli Bayani wins Camera d'Or Award at Cannes

Edwin Sallan of InterAksyon.com reports that the Singaporean film Ilo Ilo starring Filipina independent film actress Angeli Bayani won the prestigious Camera d'Or award at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival on Monday.

Edwin Sallan of InterAksyon.com reports that the Singaporean film "Ilo Ilo" starring Filipina independent film actress Angeli Bayani won the prestigious Camera d'Or award at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival on Monday, May 27.

 

The report explained that "Ilo Ilo," the feature film debut of Singaporean director Anthony Chen, bagged the award because the jury was "touched" with "the director's intelligence and sensitivity bring forth very important issues - childhood, immigration, class struggles, the economic crisis." The film's plot, according to the synopsis posted on its Facebook page, "is set during the 1997 Asian financial crisis and chronicles the relationship between the Lims, a Chinese-Singaporean family, and their newly arrived Filipina maid Teresa, who hails from the province of Iloilo. After the young and troublesome son, Jiale forms a unique bond with Teresa, she soon becomes an unspoken part of the family."

 

Aside from being cast in "Ilo Ilo," the report noted that Bayani is also a part of Lav Diaz's "Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan", an entry at Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar. "The film received a five-minute standing ovation during its premiere and reaped critical acclaim but failed to win a single award," it said.

 

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