ILO ILO The Movie (Story of Auntie Terry), Bags Three Awards!

Ilo Ilo Movie PosterIndeed, 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.

Ilo Ilo garnered the Best Actress Award for Yeo Yann Yann; the NETPAC Award (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) ; and  the Best Feature Award which is the highlight of the event !!
The winning  movie is the debut feature-length film by award-winning Singaporean filmmaker, Anthony Chen, about the relationship between a Singaporean family and their Filipina maid during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
In particular, it somehow centers on a Singaporean boy and their Filipina maid, and is loosely based on real events in the life of Antony Chen, the filmmaker himself; to quote:

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.”

Yeo Yann Yann, Best Actress
Yeo Yann Yann, Best Actress
Angeli Bayani, a  freelance Filipina actress and graduate of UP Diliman, played the role of Auntie Terry and truly did justice to her character.
Anthony Chen, the WRITER and DIRECTOR of ILO ILO,  of course, is on Cloud 9 right now!
Prior to the 11th Pacific Meridian Vladivostok International Film Festival in Russia, where ILO ILO bagged three major awards, it also won the Camera d’Or (Best First Feature Film award) in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May.
Anthony Chen happens to be  the eldest of the three boys Auntie Terry  took care of from 1988 to 1997, but it was Christopher, the youngest, who really grew up in her arms, so to speak, from one month onward.

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.

chen, terry
The search is over.
“The successful search for Auntie Terry”


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