Anthony Chen reuniting with ‘Ilo Ilo’, ‘Wet Season’ stars for new pandemic drama

The Singaporean filmmaker will direct Yeo Yann Yann and Koh Jia Ler again in 'We Are All Strangers'

Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen will reunite with actors Yeo Yann Yann and Koh Jia Ler – both of whom starred in his previous films Ilo Ilo (2013) and Wet Season (2019) – for the new movie We Are All Strangers.

As reported by Deadline on January 26, We Are All Strangers will begin production in Singapore in 2022. It will explore social issues and family relationships as they come under pressure during the coronavirus pandemic. It will be the third film in the London-based filmmaker’s “growing up trilogy”, following Ilo Ilo and Wet Season.

We Are All Strangers was selected earlier this month for the Berlinale Co-Production Market, which will connect producers with international co-producers, sales agents, distributors and more. Chen’s film was one of 19 selected from 301 submissions.

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Ilo Ilo premiered internationally at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and received the Camera d’or award. It also earned Chen the Golden Horse Award for Best New Director as well as Best Film.

At the 2019 Golden Horse Awards, Wet Season was named Best Feature Film while Chen received the Best Director award and Yeo won the Best Leading Actress prize. It premiered in theatres across Asian throughout 2020.

Ilo Ilo tells the story of a friendship between a Filipino helper and a Singaporean child. In Wet Season, a teacher and a student form a special relationship. Both were Singapore’s entries in the Academy Awards’ International Feature Film category, with Wet Season being named just last year.

In an interview with NME, Yeo said that she needed six months to recuperate from shooting Wet Season. Her next role, in HBO Asia original miniseries Invisible Stories, garnered her a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress at the International Emmy Awards.

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