Zhang Ziyi and Agnes Varda flank Singaporean director Anthony Chen after presenting him with the Camera d'Or for the best debut feature at the festival for Ilo Ilo. It was the first ever award of any type for a Singaporean film at Cannes; Chen said that he felt "unreal" and this "his head was a little light." The Camera d’Or (Golden Camera) is given to the best first film in one of the official categories of competition: Official Selection, the Critics’ Week and the Directors’ Fortnight.
Zhang looked lovely in a sheer black embellished gown by Elie Saab who remains he go to designer for Chinese actresses at mega-events.
Ilo Ilo is the story of a family of three in Singapore and their newly arrived Filipino maid. One would expect it might touch on subjects like race, class and gender although one might well be wrong.
Straits Times;Ilo Ilo