Many of you joined us to welcome Anthony Chen, the Director of the award-winning film, ILO to the Bay Area, at a special showing in March.
We know some of you are keen to watch but were not able to attend that event. ILO ILO, being an "art" film, has so far been shown only at film festivals within the US, but the general US distribution is starting right now.
Starting 5/2, the film will be shown at these times at the:
ILO ILO 爸媽不在家 1:30 3:45 6:00 8:00
The 4-Star Theatre
2200 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94112
We hope all of you who have not watched this film can make a special effort to watch it there! If you are interested in a discount, it is possible if we go there as a group. However, given the event we've had, we're unsure of the interest level. Please email with your interest in watching as a group and what dates and times you can go for. The film will probably on show for a few days, so please indicate your interest quickly.
If you haven't heard:
"Ilo Ilo" is a very touching story based on director Anthony Chen’s childhood memory. It registers as the first Singaporean film to win an award at Cannes film festival, after which it went on to beat out some biggest names in Chinese cinema by bagging Best Picture from Golden Horse awards. Earlier this month, Ilo Ilo opened in the U.S. with a premiere hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). It was selected by New York Times the week's "Critics' Pick". Los Angeles Times also covered the story behind the film with a full page feature.
Quote from the LA Times article:
The publicity surrounding the film, said the 29-year-old Chen, caught the attention of the Filipino media. Chen was contacted to see if he knew where Aunt Terry was living. "We had lost contact for, like, 16 years," Chen said over the phone from his home in London.
"We had no address or contact number. We couldn't remember her last name. We just could remember her first name was Teresa. I gave them two photographs and literally they looked for her using TV, radio and newspapers. Two weeks later, they found her."
Since leaving the Chen's employment, she had been living and working on the family farm in Iloilo. Last July, Chen went to the rural province to reunite with Aunt Terry.
"It was surreal," said Chen. "I think as a child you sort of immortalize the people around you. When you don't see someone for such a long time and you meet them again, it's just a whole mixed bag of emotions because you don't expect them to grow older. It was a lot of tears."
The following month, Chen brought her to the premiere of "Ilo Ilo" in Singapore, where the film was shot. "We didn't talk much about the film to her [before it started], but she told me: "You make me laugh. You make me cry."'
Link to the cinema: http://www.lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html