Film Movement has acquired North American rights to first-time feature director Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo, which won the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival where it played in the Directors Fortnight.
The first Singaporean feature film to win a major prize at Cannes, the film, which is in Chinese, English and Tatalog, tells the story of a dysfunctional family in Singapore that brings in a Filipino nanny who tries to bring order to their lives.
The distributor plans a New York theatrical opening in the first quarter of 2014, with a limited national roll-out to follow as well as a day-and-date VOD premiere.
“As a company that prides itself in supporting first-time filmmakers and discovering new talent, we are truly honored to have acquired Anthony Chen’s beautiful film, and are confident that the Camera d’Or is only the first award in what we’re sure will be a long list of well deserved prizes in the near future,” Adley Gartenstein, Film Movement president, said.
The acquisition was negotiated by Gartenstein and Tanja Meissner, head of international sales at Memento Film International.