Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 2:05:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 2:13:06 PM

'Ilo Ilo' director Anthony Chen gets recognition in Hollywood

Singapore’s award winning director to be honoured at Palm Springs International Film Festival.

ANTHONY Chen is getting Hollywood’s attention.

The Singaporean has been named one of trade magazine Variety’s 10 Directors To Watch, in the list announced on Monday.

This year’s list has 11 names, including American actor-writer Ben Falcone, who directs his wife Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, 2011) in the upcoming road trip comedy Tammy, and American writer Maya Forbes (Monsters Vs Aliens, 2009), who directs Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo in the upcoming family comedy Infinitely Polar Bear.

British director Clio Barnard was highlighted for The Selfish Giant, her contemporary interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale which won praise at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

American duo Aron Gaude and Gita Pullapilly, who are married to each other, are on the list for their teen drama Beneath The Harvest Sky.

Chen was named for Ilo Ilo, which has won him a string of prizes at festivals from Cannes to Golden Horse.

The directors will be profiled in Variety’s Dec 17 issue and honoured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan 5.

Variety’s previous 10 To Watch picks include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Christopher Nolan and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts Of The Southern Wild, 2012). – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

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