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Ilo Ilo

Singapore / 2013 / Narrative / 99 mins / and Tagalog with English subtitles, Chinese, English / Color / DVD / San Francisco Premiere



Temperamental Jiale is a terror of a 10 year old. At home, he viciously gives his very-pregnant mother the cold shoulder. At school, he gets into fights and buries himself in a scrapbook of lottery numbers. At the end of their ropes, Jiale’s parents hire a Filipina domestic worker to take care of the house, and, more importantly, keep Jiale at bay. They can’t predict that she’ll grow to know more about the Lim family than any of its actual members.

Winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes and Best Picture at the Golden Horse Awards (the top prize in Chinese-language film), ILO ILO is the riveting quasi-autobiographical first feature by 29-year-old Anthony Chen. With essentially no music and against the backdrop of the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s, the film slowly unfolds a family facing the brink, watching desperately as self-control slips from their grip. Their testimonies of global labor and a multi-ethnic Singapore continue to resonate, and their composed nakedness announces one of cinema’s most promising new talents.


Executive Producer: Ng Aik Hock, Anita Kuan, Gina Lau, Leong Sze Hian, Ivan Tan
Producer: Anthony Chen, Wahyuni A. Hadi, Ang Hwee Sim
Cinematographer: Benoit Soler
Editor: Hoping Chen, Joanne Cheong
Sound: Zhe Wu
Cast: Angeli Bayani, Koh Jia Ler, Chen Tian Wen, Yeo Yann Yann

Dates & Times

Ilo Ilo

March 15, 2014 6:30 pm

Ilo Ilo

Sundance Kabuki
March 17, 2014 6:00 pm