Anthony Chen cracks Singapore’s arthouse market

April 4, 2014


Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” which goes into limited theatrical release today (4/4/14), has been riding the international film festival circuit for the better part of the past year, reaping armloads of awards as it goes.

Not bad for an arthouse movie from a country that has no real arthouse-film industry.

The cinematic landscape in Chen’s native Singapore, he says, is something of a vacuum, dominated by genre films: “Nine out of 10 films are either slapstick or horror or comedy – and the industry in Singapore only produces 10 to 15 films a year,” the London-based Chen says. (More…)