Mosaic of Sri Lankan New Cinema – IFFCOLOMBO 2015

 

 


Madhura Charika (Joyful Journeys)


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Original Title: Madhura Charika
English Title: Joyful Journeys
Director : Udayakantha Warnasooriya
Country : Sri Lanka
Year of Production : 2015
Language : Sinhala (with English Subtitles)
Running Time: 94 minutes
Genre: Drama Feature
Rating: All Audiences

Synopsis of the film:
85 year old Wilson Godamanne is a film actor who acted in films during early 1950’s. He currently lives with his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren in a rural village in the hills. He spends his days re-living the joyous memories of his acting career.
He travels to a film festival in Colombo with his 8 year old grandson. Madhura Charika portrays the many obstacles they face during this journey and their interaction with people of many different societal levels that comes to their help.

 

 


Motor Bicycle


Original Title: Motor Bicycle
English Title: Motor Bicycle
Director : Shameera Rangana
Country : Sri Lanka
Year of Production : 2015
Language : Sinhala (with English Subtitles)
Running Time: 124 minutes
Genre: Drama Feature
Rating: All Audiences

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Synopsis of the film:
A young aspiring musician buys his dream Motor bicycle by pawning his mother’s necklace and takes his girlfriend on a joyride. His day ends with her breaking up and he finding out he has bought a stolen bike. His day gets worse as he aimlessly wonder in search of what is left in his life.

 

 


Nimnayaka Hudakalawa (Alone in a Valley)


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Original Title: Nimnayaka Hudakalawa
English Title: Alone in a Valley
Director : Boodee Keerthisena
Country : Sri Lanka
Year of Production : 2015
Language : Sinhala (with English Subtitles)
Running Time: 105 minutes
Genre: Subconscious psychological thriller
Rating: All Audiences
Synopsis of the film:
This is the story of Vishva, Maya and Tharaka, stuck in a moment where time has stopped, leading them into mystery, encountering the unknown, beyond the edge.

 

 


Premaya Nam (Dirty, Yellow, Darkness)


Original Title: Premaya Nam
English Title: Dirty, Yellow, Darkness
Director : Kalpana Ariyawansha/ Vindana Ariyawansha
Country : Sri Lanka
Year of Production : 2015
Language : Sinhala (with English Subtitles)
Running Time: 96 minutes
Genre: Psychological drama
Rating: All Audiences

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Synopsis of the film:
After his wife leaves him, a man with a severe case of OCD who fears his own urine, admits himself to a mental hospital for treatment to overcome his fear and win his wife back.

 

 


Reya Thawama Tharunayi (The Night is Still Young)


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Original Title: La nuit est encore jeune
Sinhala Title: Reya Thawama Tharunai
English Title: The Night is Still Young
Director : Indika Udugampola
Country : Sri Lanka/ France
Year of Production : 2014
Language : French (with English Subtitles)
Running Time: 82 minutes
Genre: Drama Feature
Rating: Adults Only

Synopsis of the film:
An exiled woman who dreams of becoming a classical singer, A lesbian butcher with a mysterious curse, A garbage collector who naively stumbles into treacherous territory. Seduction, betrayal, jealousy, and intrigue combine in an atmosphere of barely contained madness.

 

 


The Letter


Original Title: The Letter
English Title: The Letter
Director : Isuru Weerasinghe
Country : Sri Lanka
Year of Production : 2015
Language : Sinhala (with English Subtitles)
Running Time: 128 minutes
Genre: Drama Feature
Rating: All Audiences

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Synopsis of the film:
An unexplainable connection between a soldier and a village girl break barriers of cultural conflict in the midst of a brutal civil war, resulting in unforeseen consequences for everyone involved.