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Anthony Chen does Singapore proud one more time, as he was named best director for Ilo Ilo at 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs).
SINGAPORE: Anthony Chen does Singapore proud one more time, as he was named best director for Ilo Ilo at 2013 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs).
He received his award in person in Brisbane, Australia where the award ceremony was held on Thursday night.
The Cannes Camera d’Or and Golden Horse-winning director was amongst the winners that included Zhang Ziyi, who took home best actress for her role in Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts drama The Grandmaster, and Korean superstar Lee Byung-hun, who walked away with best actor for Masquerade, where he double-duties playing two roles.
Palestine’s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar, Omar, took the top prize of best film. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, Omar is the first film to be fully funded by the Palestinian film industry.
Chen and Ilo Ilo have already garnered more than a dozen awards at film festivals and other events worldwide. But he isn’t letting the success get to his head. When asked about the possibility of a Best Foreign Picture Oscar nomination, he said, “I really don’t know how it works. Don’t want to think so much."
“I think the film has given us so much already, so it’s best to not be greedy,” he added, with a laugh.
And how does he feel about the multiple wins, one after another? Is the pressure getting too much?
“Each time I’m still surprised, I can’t believe that the film can have such a life,” he said.
The ceremony was streamed live via the APSA website and was broadcast to 46 countries across Asia, the Pacific and Indian subcontinent via the ABC’s Australia Network.