FILM-MAKER Anthony Chen has become the first Singaporean to win the prestigious Camera d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
He received the coveted trophy, given to the best first feature film, at 7pm last night (1am Singapore time) in Cannes for his movie Ilo Ilo. Starring Yeo Yann Yann, Chen Tianwen, Angeli Bayani and newcomer Koh Jia Ler, it tells a domestic story of a family and their new maid.
The 29-year-old, who is now also the first South-east Asian winner in the award's 36-year history, said he was "very shocked" at the good news.
He was, in fact, about to leave Cannes yesterday afternoon to join his wife in London when he got a call from organisers telling him to attend the closing ceremony later in the evening.