Malaysian actress Yeo wins fifth award for Ilo Ilo

Yeo at the Golden Horse Awards 2013

PETALING JAYA: It was an especially exciting weekend for Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann, who picked up her fifth acting award just two days after winning her fourth award for her role in the multiple award-winning Ilo Ilo.

Yeo nabbed the Best Supporting Actress award at the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival held in Macau on Sunday. She had earlier won the Best Actress award at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Friday.

Her winning streak started in September with her Best Actress win at the 11th Pacific Meridian Film Festival held in Vladivostok, Russia. In October, she bagged another Best Actress award at the 15th Mumbai International Film Festival held in Mumbai, India.

Yeo at the Golden Horse Awards 2013

Last month, the petite actress made headlines after winning the Best Supporting Actress at Taipei's prestigious 50th Golden Horse Awards - the Chinese equivalent of the Oscars.

In a recent interview, the actress shared why she loved acting so much. "It allows me to touch other people's hearts in so many ways. And, that is such an amazing feeling," said the 36-year-old, who has been acting in film and television as well as theatre since she was 19.

Ilo Ilo has been making its rounds at various international film awards and notched up a haul of some two dozen awards since it first scored the much-coveted Camera d'Or (Golden Camera) for Best First Feature Film at the 66th Cannes Film Festival held in Cannes, France.

In the Singaporean family drama flick, Yeo plays an expectant mother who has to deal with family problems amid a recession, including the bond developing between her troubled young son and the family's newly-arrived Filipino domestic helper.

The film features Singaporean actors Chen Tianwen as the father and Koh Jia Ler as the son, and Filipino actress Angeli Bayani as the maid.

Yeo will be accompanied by Singaporean director Anthony Chen, 29, when she returns Malaysia to launch Ilo Ilo at a press conference and gala premiere for the film on Tuesday.

Malaysians can catch Ilo Ilo in local cinemas on Jan 2.

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