AT CANNES: SINGAPOREAN FILM 'ILOILO' INSPIRED BY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES



(right) ANGELI BAYANI FILE PHOTO

MANILA, JULY 22 2013 (INQUIRER) Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen’s Cannes-winning film “Iloilo” was partly inspired by his childhood memories, particularly of growing up under the care of Filipino nanny Auntie Terry or Teresita Sajonia.

Now, there is talk that Auntie Terry, who is played by actress Angeli Bayani in the movie, will soon be reunited with the director.

“My family and I are completely overwhelmed by the goodwill coming from … the Philippines. It has been an emotional day for us. I am touched that she still kept so many photos of her time with us,” said Chen.

“It has been 16 years since she left … and we are looking forward to getting in touch soon,” he said.

“Iloilo,” an entry in the Directors’ Fortnight, won the Camera D’Or at the Cannes fest. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Nanny who inspired Cannes film found By Danny Dangcalan (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 16, 2013 - 12:00am 

MANILA, Philippines - An Ilongga nanny who was the inspiration for a Singaporean film that won an award at the Cannes Film Festival this year was located by the media at her home in Iloilo Sunday.

Teresita Sajonia, 55, was the nanny named “Auntie Terry” in the full-length film “Ilo Ilo” of Singaporean independent film director Anthony Chen.

The film won the Camera d’Or prize (Best First Film) at the recent Cannes Film Festival, and Chen is the first Singaporean to win the award.

Sajonia worked with the Chen family in Singapore for eight years in the early 1990s until the financial crisis hit the region, forcing her employers to drop her services.

She was only 30 when she flew to Singapore and worked with the Chens.

Auntie Terry was successfully located by DyFM Bombo Radyo in Sitio Unas, Barangay Santa Cruz, San Miguel town Saturday night and media groups went to her place Sunday morning.

Interest in locating Sajonia grew after Chen revealed what and who inspired him to make the movie Ilo Ilo – a moving story about a Singaporean family and their nanny.

Sajonia is married but has no children. She is a midwifery graduate.

She now sells fruits and vegetables in San Miguel.

Sajonia said she did not expect her life in Singapore would inspire one of the three Chen boys she took care of to someday make a film about it.

She said she would like to see the Chen family again if given a chance.

“The movie is very much inspired by my childhood years,” Chen, 29, told the Malaysian electronic newspaper The Sun.

“When I was young, we had a Filipino maid who was with us for eight years. We called her Auntie Terry,” he said.

Set in Singapore in the 1990s, the film revolves around how one dysfunctional family interacted with their Filipina maid Teresa (played by Filipina indie actress Angeli Bayani), who left her homeland in search of “greener pastures.”

But it is hard being in a faraway land where one is not accustomed to the culture, thus her rapport with her employers is nowhere near intimate – at first.

Eventually, she develops a motherly bond with the troublesome Jale (played by young actor Koh Jia Ler) whom she is bound to take care of.

Chen confesses he belonged to a generation of Singaporeans who were reared with the help of Filipino hands.

“When Auntie Terry returned (to the Philippines) for good, it was hard to bear,” he said. “Eventually, we got used to her absence and somehow lost contact. The one thing that stayed with me after all these years is the name of the place she was from – Iloilo.”

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Filipino-inspired film 'Iloilo' garners standing ovation in Cannes Submitted by johncabales on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 10:22

Singaporean film “Iloilo, which stars Filipina indie actress Angeli Bayani, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight section of Cannes in France. Aside from the cast being given a warm welcome, the movie actually received a 15-minute standing ovation.

“Iloilo” is really a film through award-winning home Anthony Chen. That explores the link connected with Singaporean family and also the cleaning service from Iloilo, fixed resistant to the history connected with Asian economic crisis connected with the middle of ‘90s.

Bayani, that plays the role connected with Teresa or maybe Auntie Terry, an Ilongga cleaning service connected with Singaporean children, admits in order to almost lacking the signature caused by a overdue airfare in order to Portugal.

Your video is at the working for a Older Digicam Merit, and that is fond of the most beneficial primary feature video in the official selection of the Director's Fortnight or maybe Intercontinental Critics' Few days.

“IloIlo” provides moreover already been getting numerous accolades from netizens, possibly in foreign countries, because observed in the official fb page.

Exactly the same page likewise propagated the screenshot of any web page link of which shows the Facebook publish connected with Singapore Prime Minister, Shelter Hsien Loong, because this individual congratulates Chen.

“Congrats to Anthony! You are a great encouragement to our budding directors! – LHL,” it reads.

Besides Bayani, the other Filipino talents producing dunes within Cannes this season contain actors Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson and also Rayver Cruz, and also directors Adolfo Alix, Jr. and also Erik Matti.


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