Updated: 05/27/2013 20:59

Singaporean Anthony Chen has made history at the Cannes Film Festival

Photo credit: Cannes Film Festival

Photo credit: Cannes Film Festival

Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen has won the Caméra d'Or award at Cannes Film Festival for his film, Ilo Ilo.

It is a first win for a Singapore feature film at the festival.

"Ilo Ilo," set during the Asian financial crisis in 1997, explores the lives of Singapore's middle classes and the domestic help on which they depend.

It tells the tale of a Singaporean family and their Filipina maid, who befriends the family's troubled son.

The film premiered at the Director's Fortnight section in Cannes last week to a 15 minute standing ovation.

It had also received a congratulatory note from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on his Facebook page.

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