'Ilo Ilo' to hit PH theaters in December
MANILA -- The acclaimed Singapore film that centers on an Iloilo-born domestic helper in the city-state is set to be released in the Philippines in December, several months after it earned raves at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
"Ilo Ilo" will hit Philippine cinemas on December 4, local distributor Origin8 told ABS-CBNnews.com on Wednesday, amid buzz surrounding the film's submission as Singapore's official entry to the 86th Academy Awards.
Directed by Anthony Chen, "Ilo Ilo" is inspired by the filmmaker's real-life relationship with his Filipina nanny, Teresita Sajonia.
Portrayed by Filipina actress Angeli Bayani, "Auntie Terry," as recounted on-screen, served at a time when the Asian financial crisis was in full swing in 1997, providing a backdrop to her forming ties with the boy she tends to.
It also stars Singapore's Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tianwen, newcomer Koh Jia Ler.
Expressing excitement over the film's release in the Philippines, Chen said, "I have been asked so many times by so many people, 'When is 'Iloilo' coming to the Philippines?' I'm so heartened that we have an answer for them now.
"And what better than a distributor like Origin8 who will give the same care and attention that our production gave over the three years of making the film," Chen was quoted as saying by the local film outfit.
A little over a week after it kicked off its commercial release in Singapore in September, "Ilo Ilo" was selected by the Singapore Film Commission as the country's submission to compete in the 2014 Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category.
In May, "Ilo Ilo's" premiere at the prestigious film fest in Cannes was met with critical acclaim, winning the Camera d'Or for best debut feature.