Indeed, the movie ILO ILO has very recently clinched three awards at the 11th Pacific Meridian Vladivostok International Film Festival in Russia (Sept 7 – 13) which is one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most prominent film events.
“The movie is very much inspired by my childhood years. When I was young, we had a Filipino maid who was with us for eight years. We called her Auntie Terry.” (The Sun, Malaysia’s electronic newspaper)
Auntie Terry, the Iloilo-based lass, worked with the Singaporean family for eight years and left a mark in the little boy’s life.
The only thing he remembered about Auntie Terry’s background was her hometown’s name, ILOILO. The name stuck; hence, the movie title. ^_^
ILOILO, the movie, tells of a dysfunctional Singaporean family’s life in the mid 1990s, during which they hired a Filipina maid to look after the house and the children. What ensued may sound ordinary to most, with regards to clash of cultures between the parents, the children and their maid, but the twist itself brings a totally refreshing drama that is meant to hit the heart. You have to see it yourself:
The mother’s role, played by Yeo Yann Yann, added spice to the story. Her acting earned her the Best Actress Award.
“It is my first award in film and I am honoured. A big thank you to Anthony and all my co-actors, and everyone who made it possible.”
Thus, after a “search for Auntie Terry” was conducted in the Philippines, particularly Ilo Ilo, finally, the nanny and the “little boy” got reunited after more than 16 years.