'Ilo ilo' hits Philippine theaters
MANILA – The award-winning Singaporean film “Ilo ilo” hits Philippine theaters nationwide screening on Wednesday.
The acclaimed Singapore film, about an Iloilo-born domestic helper in the city-state, is inspired by the filmmaker's real-life relationship with his Filipina nanny, Teresita Sajonia.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Filipina lead actress Angeli Bayani said the movie already received a total of 21 awards in various international film festivals and this came to them as a surprise.
“Hindi namin inaasahan nong ginagawa 'yung pelikula. Ang gusto lang namin, maganda 'yung ginagawa namin. Simple man 'yung storya, gusto lang talaga namin ikuwento pero hindi namin inaasahan na ganoon na lang karami 'yung iuuwing award kaya sobrang pasasalamat namin sa sumusuporta,” she said.
Bayani said she is hoping that Filipinos who are working abroad would appreciate what she did in the movie.
“Pinapangarap ko talaga noong ginawa ko siya na sana kapag may nakanood ng kapwa ko Pinoy na OFW, sana maisip nila na na-justify ko 'yung pinaghihirapan nila araw-araw at kung ma-achieve ko man 'yun, laking pasasalamat na 'yun. Iyon ang dream come true,” she said.
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 entry for the 2014 Oscars' Best Foreign Language Film category.
In May, "Ilo Ilo" premieres at the prestigious film fest in Cannes, where it was met with critical acclaim, eventually winning the Camera d'Or for best debut feature.