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DPM Heng hails Yeo after her Golden Horse win

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Politicians here have congratulated Malaysian actress Yeo Yann Yann for her win at the 56th Golden Horse Awards held in Taipei on Saturday.

The Singapore-based actress won the Best Leading Actress award for her performance in Wet Season, local film-maker Anthony Chen's second feature-length film.

Yeo, 42, won the Best Supporting Actress award in 2013 for Chen's debut film, Ilo Ilo.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat congratulated Yeoyesterday. In a Facebook post, he said he caught the film at the opening of the Singapore International Film Festival last Thursday.

Wet Season, about a Chinese-language teacher (Yeo) struggling with infertility and a loveless marriage, is now playing in cinemas here.

A Land Imagined, the other Singapore film up for awards, won Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Film Score, going to local film-maker Yeo Siew Hua and Singaporean composer Teo Wei Yong respectively.

On the award recipients' achievements, Mr Heng said: "I hope this will continue to inspire and spur our local film-makers to share more uniquely Singapore stories, at home and abroad!"

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said on Facebook yesterday: "I am so proud of our artists' achievements. Their dedication and passion to perfect their craft are most inspiring."

A Land Imagined is about a police investigator who tries to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a Chinese construction worker at a land reclamation site.

It has been selected as Singapore's entry in the Academy Awards' Best International Feature Film category. - PRISCA ANG