Foreign Film Series ~ Ilo Ilo
The library's free foreign film series continues with the Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or Award winner from Singapore, directed by Anthony Chen, screening at the Chief Theater.
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.
Watch the trailer
In Mandarin, Tagolog & English with English subtitles.
Run time: 99 min.
The free screening includes an award-wining short & a cash bar.