Magazine article Screen International

Ilo Ilo Wins Best Feature at Golden Horse Awards

Magazine article Screen International

Ilo Ilo Wins Best Feature at Golden Horse Awards

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The Grandmaster wins six awards in Taipei.

Celebrating the 50th Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking film industry was out in full force Saturday night (Nov 23) at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Anthony Chen's debut film Ilo Ilo took Best Feature with a cash prize of $16,900 (NT$500,000).

"Singapore is a very little country and we did this on a very little budget and never had we thought of winning Best Feature Film," said Chen, who thanked jury president Ang Lee and the other nominees in the category, whose works he said he had all studied in film school.

About a Singaporean family and their newly arrived Filipino maid around the time of the Asian Financial Crisis, Ilo Ilo also won Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Yeo Yann-Yann.

Yeo, who played a beleaguered working mother, thanked the director who is said to have altered the story to reflect her actual pregnancy and added, "Thanks also to my daughter who was with me all the time during the shooting - and now she is born."

Chen's project was previously in the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) and he was a participant in the Golden Horse Film Academy as well. Ilo Ilo premiered in Cannes this year where it won the Camera d'Or. The film is Singapore's submission to the Oscar's foreign language film category.

The Grandmaster rules

Wong Kar Wai's martial arts film The Grandmaster - Hong Kong's submission to the Oscars - picked up the most awards - six, including the Audience Choice Award presented the night before at the Nominees Party, with Best Leading Actress for Zhang Ziyi.

Frenchmen Philippe Le Sourd and Pierre Buffin picked up awards for Cinematography and Visual Effects respectively. William Chang Suk Ping won in the Best Makeup & Costume Design category and also picked up the Best Art Direction award with colleague Alfred Yau Wai Ming for the period film.

Stray no more

Tsai Ming Liang won his second Best Director Award with Stray Dogs. (His first was for Vive l'Amour in 1994.)

"I have some complex history with Golden Horse Awards. I know how fast this horse runs, but my films are slow. But now, I see Golden Horse has slowed down for me. It would only happen in Taiwan that a Malaysian director would win this award. Thank you for giving me this award, it will keep me moving on," he said.

Tsai previously withdrew his film I Don't Want To Sleep Alone as the 2006 Golden Horse Opening Film when he felt he hadn't gotten enough respect from the jury. Stray Dogs was this year's Opening Film.

Lee Kang-sheng, who won Best Actor for his performance in Stray Dogs, held up his trophy for a full minute onstage without saying a word.

"This is the style of Tsai Ming Liang - stand still," he said, making the audience laugh. …

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