'Ilo Ilo' Director Anthony Chen Signs With UTA

Anthony Chen Portrait - P 2013

Anthony Chen Portrait - P 2013

The filmmaker’s Camera d’Or-winning feature debut is Singapore’s foreign language Oscar nominee.

Ilo Ilo filmmaker Anthony Chen has signed with UTA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Chen directed, wrote and produced the family drama, inspired by the 29-year-old’s experience growing up in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Singapore has submitted the film for the foreign language category at next year’s Academy Awards. In May Ilo Ilo won the Camera d’Or at Cannes, given to the best film by a first-time feature director.

That wasn’t the first time a Singaporean entry had won a prize at Cannes; the 2007 jury awarded a Special Mention to the short film Ah Ma (Grandma) — also written and directed by Chen.

Chen divides his time between Singapore and the U.K., where he continues to be repped by United Agents.