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Updated: 04/24/2013 12:54 | By Channel NewsAsia

2 S'pore films selected for 66th Cannes Film Festival

2 S'pore films selected for 66th Cannes Film Festival

2 S'pore films selected for 66th Cannes Film Festival

SINGAPORE: Two Singapore films have been selected for the 66th Cannes Film Festival.

Anthony Chen's debut feature film, "Ilo Ilo", will be screened at the 45th Director's Fortnight from 16 May to 26 May 2013 as part of the Cannes Film Festival.

Ilo Ilo is set in Singapore in the 1990s and chronicles the relationship between a young boy and his maid from Iloilo, a province in the Philippines.

Short film "After the Winter", directed by Jow Zhi Wei, is in the running for the Cinefondation Prize.

Jow's work was one of 18 short films selected among 1,550 submissions from 277 schools from around the world this year.

Jow graduated from The Puttnam School of Film, Lasalle in Singapore and is a student at French institution Le Fresnoy.

Winning films will be screened at the Cinefondation Selection, which showcases students’ works.

Both films are supported by the Singapore Film Commission.

Hollywood A-lister actress Nicole Kidman and director Ang Lee will join Steven Spielberg next month on the Cannes jury, organisers said on Wednesday.

Australian Kidman won the best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of author Virginia Woolf in "The Hours", while Taiwan-born Lee was named best director earlier this year for his fantasy epic "Life of Pi".

Lee, who has spent almost his entire professional career abroad, also won a best director Oscar for the gay cowboy film "Brokeback Mountain" and his kung fu epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won best foreign language film.

The other jury members named were: Indian actress Vidya Balan; Japanese director Naomi Kawase; Lynne Ramsay, Scottish director of "We Need to Talk About Kevin"; French actor Daniel Auteuil; Romanian director Cristian Mungiu; and "Inglourious Basterds" actor Christoph Waltz.

The jury, headed by Spielberg, will award the coveted Palme d'Or to one of the 19 films in competition at the May 15-26 festival.  - CNA/AFP/xq

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