Angeli Bayani, one of the lead stars in the Singaporean film Ilo Ilo, is nominated in the Best Actress category of the 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
The Filipina actress will compete against Hollywood star Zhang Ziyi who is nominated in the same category for the Hong Kong film The Grandmaster.
The other nominees are: Lee Jung-hyun of Juvenile Offender (Seoul), Yang Zishan of So Young (Beijing), Lika Babluani of In Bloom (Tbilisi), and Nimrat Kaur of The Lunchbox (Mumbai).
The said film fest, which aims to promote Asia-Pacific motion pictures to the world, will be held from December 13-15 in Macau.
Set against the backdrop of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Ilo Ilo explores the relationship between a Singaporean family of three and their Filipino maid (played by Angeli).
This marks the first international acting nomination for Angeli who plays Terry, a character loosely based on a real-life Pinay OFW who hails from Iloilo.
In 2008, Angeli won the Best Actress plum from Cinemanila for her performance in Lav Diaz’s Melancholia.
Written and directed by Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress.
In the Best Picture category, Ilo Ilo is competing against heavyweight contenders including Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster and Tsai Ming-Liang's Stray Dogs.
Other nominees in the Best Picture category are Like Father Like Son (Tokyo), The Lunchbox (Mumbai), and In Bloom (Tbilisi).
Yeo Yann Yann, Angeli's co-star in Ilo Ilo, is competing against British actress Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Other nominees include Maggie Jiang (So Young), Crystal Lee (Unbeatable), and Lin Mei-hsiu (To My Dear Granny).
The nominees for Best Screenplay are: Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Yuri Bykov (The Major), Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo), Li Qiang (So Young), and Jafar Panahi (Closed Curtain).
In last year's edition of the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Nora Aunor was nominated as Best Actress for Thy Womb while Eddie Garcia won Best Actor honors for Bwakaw.
Last May, Ilo Ilo made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Camera d'Or for best debut feature.
Ilo Ilo is currently being screened in Philippine cinemas today, December 4.
(To read movie review of Ilo Ilo, CLICK HERE)
Angeli Bayani competes against Zhang Ziyi in 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival
by posted on December 4, 2013