2nd Sunday Cinema presents: ILO ILO


Showing Sunday, Jan. 11th at 3:00 pm at Potter Auditorium:


A film by Anthony Chen

Singapore / 2013 / Drama / 99 min / English, Chinese and Tagalog with English Subtitle

FREE!     Ages 17+     Refreshments Available for Donation

“Anthony Chen’s debut brims with love, humor and heartbreak.”   – Maggie Lee, Variety

 “A small gem about how families learn to persevere during the toughest times…Its emotional wallop sneaks up on you!” –Tim Grierson, Screen Daily

“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. – Ang Lee, Oscar-winning director

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family – troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and 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 itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale’s antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.

Singapore’s Official Entry into the Academy Awards, 2014
Cannes Film Festival – Camera D’Or
Vladivostok Pacific Meridian Film Festival – Grand Prize (Seashell Award)
Vladivostok Pacific Meridian Film Festival – Best Actress, Yeo Yann Yann
Vladivostok Pacific Meridian Film Festival – Best Film, NETPAC Jury
Golden Horse Award – Best Feature Film
Golden Horse Award – Best Actress
Golden Horse Award – Best Director
Golden Horse Award – Best Original Screenplay
Toronto International Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
Atlanta Asian Film Festival
Philadelphia Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Sedona International Film Festival

Brought to you by the Chatfield Public Library in cooperation with the Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre, and the Chatfield Lions.