Singaporean director Anthony Chen's "Ilo Ilo" is earning more recognition, as it bagged six nominations for the Taipei Golden Horse Awards on Tuesday.
"I am completely overwhelmed, still trying to breathe. I can't believe it. It is a real gift to all the cast and crew that worked on it," said Chen in reaction to the news.
The film, which chronicles the relationship between a family of three and their newly arrived Filipino maid, won the Camera d'Or, the award for best feature-length film by a first-time feature film director, at the Cannes Film Festival earlier in May.
For the upcoming 50th Golden Horse Awards ceremony on 23 November in Taiwan, "Ilo Ilo" is in competition for Best Feature Film, Best New Director, Best Supporting Actress (Yeo Yann Yann), Best Supporting actor (Chen Tianwen), Best New Performer (Koh Jia Ler) and Best Original Screenplay (Anthony Chen).
Yeo, who plays the mother in the film, said, "Be careful of what you wish for. It may just come true. I feel so blessed and I am truly excited."
Meanwhile, Koh, who stars as the young boy Jiale, said, "I am very lucky to be nominated for my first film. I hope to do Singapore proud."
In the Best Feature Film Award category, "Ilo Ilo" will go up against "The Grandmaster" by Wong Kar Wai, "Stray Dogs" by Tsai Ming Liang, "Drug War" by Johnnie To and "A Touch of Sin" by Jia Zhang-Ke. See the list of nominations here.
Celebrated director Ang Lee is president of the jury.
Last month "Ilo Ilo" won three awards at the 11th Pacific Meridian Film Festival in Vladivostok, Russia, including Best Feature, NETPAC award and Best Actress for Yeo.
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