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Cannes Camera d’Or Winner ‘Ilo Ilo’ Goes to Film Movement

Cannes Camera d'Or Winner 'Ilo Ilo' Goes to Film Movement

This year’s Camera d’Or winner, “Ilo Ilo,” has secured U.S. distribution from Film Movement. Director Anthony Chen’s Singapore-set drama was honored as the best first feature at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Film Movement has scheduled a release for the first quarter of 2014 followed by a limited national expansion and a VOD premiere.

“Ilo Ilo” depicts the relationship between a young boy and a maid during the Asian financial crisis. Their friendship puts a great deal of strain on the boy’s family. According to Film Movement, it’s the first Singaporean film to win a coveted prize at Cannes, where it received a 15-minute standing ovation. 

Chen premiered a short film, “Grandma,” at Cannes in 2007. It won a special mention in the Palme d’Or short competition. 

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