NETPAC Award Winning Films for Colombo’s Film Lovers!

The International Film Festival of Colombo 2014 (IFFColombo), is proud to announce the NETPACAwardWinning Film Package to be screened at the Festival this year. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, also known as NETPAC, is an organization founded in 1990 that consists of 29 member nations. Mr. Ashley Ratnavibhushana, the General Manager and Jury Coordinator for NETPAC, has secured a selection of “NETPAC movies” which will be screened exclusively at IFFColombo 2014.

The NETPACAward, presented to exceptional Asian films at festivals all over the world, is a prestigious award that honors standout Asian filmmakers on a global platform. Therefore, the NETPAC film package promises Sri Lankan filmgoers a unique and enlightening cinematic experience.

This package includes films such as Director Emir Baigazin’s “Harmony Lessons” which premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, Director Sudevan’s multi-award-winning Malayalam film “CR No. 89”, Director Mauly Surya’s “What they don’t talk about when they talk about love”, Director Jeffry Jeturian’s “Bit Player” (2013); the Socio-Realist Drama-Comedy film from the Philippines, Director Reir Celik’s “Night of Silence”; a subtly performed film that takes place in a room, Director Atiq Rahimi’s “The Patience Stone” (2012) which was selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards and won the NETPAC Award at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as “Transit” by Filippino Independent Film Director Hannah Espia and “Ferry” by Director Wei Shi.

Ing Kanjanavanit, the daring Director of “Shakespeare Must Die”(2012), a bold adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, will be in attendance at IFFColombo 2014 while Director Kan Lume will also be in attendance representing his NETPAC Award winning film “Liberta”.

The First International Film Festival of Colombo will take place from the 2nd to 7th September, 2014. The festival will showcase a diverse array of films from close to 35 countries which will be screened at some of Colombo’s best cinemas including Regal Cinema, Majestic City ( Ultra), Empire Cinema (Arcade Independence Square), Tharangani( NFC) and Goethe Institute. All screenings are free of charge and are open to all audiences.


Transit is a 2013 Filipino independent drama film written and directed by Hannah Espia. The film follows a story about a single father who is forced to hide his children from immigration police in Israel after the Israeli government decides to deport children of immigrant workers. It is Espia’s full-length debut film. It was mostly shot in Israel. The film competed under the New Breed section of Cinemalaya 2013. The film won Best Film, directing, acting and other technical awards.
Espia said that the inspiration to do the film came after talking to an OFW who was bringing home his child from Israel. In 2009, the Israeli government enacted a law that deports the children of migrant workers unless they fulfill a certain criteria. Both Israeli and migrant workers rallied against the law that separates parents from their children.

The film will also compete in the 18th Busan International Film Festival under the New Currents section.[3] The film was selected as the Philippine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[4] but it was not nominated.

The Patience Stone

The Patience Stone is a 2012 dramatic film directed by Atiq Rahimi, based on his novel of the same title. Written by Jean-Claude Carrière and the director, the film stars Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Massi Mrowat, and Hassina Burgan.

The film was selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, although it was not nominated. Golshifteh Farahani was nominated for the Most Promising Actress award at the 39th César Awards.

Shakespere Must Die

Shakespeare Must Die is a 2012 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It was directed by Ing Kanjanavanit. The Thai government banned the film fearing it will cause societal disunity.

The Thai-language film tells the story of a theatre group in a fictional country resembling[citation needed] Thailand that is staging a production of Macbeth, in which an ambitious general murders his way to the Scottish throne.

One of the film’s main characters is a dictator named Dear Leader, who bears a resemblance[citation needed] to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup which sparked years of political turmoil between his supporters and critics.

Harmony Lessons

Harmony Lessons is a 2013 Kazakh-German drama film directed by Emir Baigazin. The film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival where Aziz Zhambakiyev won the award for an outstanding artistic contribution.

Harmony Lessons is set in a small Kazakhstan village, where Aslan, a thirteen-year-old boy living with his grandmother is a diligent student, bullied by an older boy Bolat and his gang – a gang connected with adult criminals and prisoners. The plot concerns Aslan’s humiliations, and slow revenge.

C.R. No 89

CR No: 89, also known as Crime No. 89, is a Malayalam film written and directed by Sudevan. The film focuses on the moral dilemmas one faces in life. It won numerous awards including the NETPAC Award for Best Malayalam Film at the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala and the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film.

Sudevan won the G. Aravindan Award for Best Debut Director. Actor Ashok Kumar won the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actor. The film was produced by Pace Trust and was funded mainly through contributions from various friends and admirers of Sudevan’s earlier films from around the world.

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love adalah film drama Indonesia yang dirilis pada tahun 2013.

Film ini disutradarai oleh Mouly Surya dengan Rama Adi sebagai produser, dan dibintangi oleh Nicholas Saputra, Ayushita, Karina Salim, Anggun Priambodo dan Lupita Jenifer.

The Bit Player

The Bit Player (Filipino: Ekstra) is a 2013 Filipino socio-realist drama-comedy film by Jeffrey Jeturian. The film stars Vilma Santos as Loida Malabanan, who spends her days dreaming of her big break while working with the country’s best small screen actors.

The film competed under the Directors Showcase sidebar of 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. It topped the box office in all four venues of the said festival. The film was released in mainstream theaters by Star Cinema on August 14, as part of their 20th Anniversary offering.

The film will also had its international premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, set from September 5 to 15, under Contemporary World Cinema section.

Night of Silence

Having just entered puberty, bride (Dilan Aksüt) had been forced to marry with groom (Ilyas Salman) whom returned to his hometown after doing many years of jail time and more than fifty years older than her.

At first she was afraid, she cries, even resists, having equipped with patchy and second hand sayings, she did not know what is going to happen to her. Sitting in the nuptial chamber with horror, she will start to face with realities after grandfather-aged groom steps into the room.


Liberta is a docudrama about a suicide survivor who journeys towards Ayers Rock to find answers. There she encounters an unseen power.