Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30 pm
Location: The Upstairs Screening Room, Movies at Midway
Admission: Admission to this film series is free and open to the public.
A coming-of-age film, Ilo Ilo is set in Singapore during the 1997 financial crisis. It chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore, Teresa struggles to manage Jiale and find her footing in a new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes a part of the family, circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.
This Asian drama from first-time filmmaker Anthony Chen won the Camera d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Says Oscar-winning director Ang Lee, "Anthony Chen's portrait of a family in 1997 Singapore is one of those rare films that manages to capture an entire period within an intimate slice of life. Beautifully acted and precisely observed, Ilo Ilo is an amazing debut, full of heart and intelligence.” [2013, Singapore, Runtime: 99 min, Not Rated, Mandarin & English with English subtitles]
Watch the trailer.