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'The Bourne Identity' : New movie at MC
Action espionage thriller, "The Bourne Identity" starring Matt Damon will be at Majestic Cinema from December 27.

The story opens as an amnesiac (Damon) is rescued at sea by the crew of an Italian fishing boat. Nearly dead, he carries nothing but the bullets in his back and the Swiss bank account number embedded in his hip. Although completely without identity or background, he possesses an array of extraordinary talents in fighting, linguistics and self-defense that speaks of a dangerous past. In the present he is disoriented and wary as he is propelled into an urgent search to discover who he is and why his life has taken this perilous turn.

A Zurich safe deposit box yields an assortment of passports, a hefty load of cash, an automatic weapon and a name ... Jason Bourne ...with a Paris address. What it means remains a mystery, but Bourne quickly realizes that although he knows no one, there are people who recognize him-and do not wish him well.

When he meets Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente), a hard-luck German-born wanderer; he makes a desperate pitch -$10,000 for a ride to Paris. Despite her reservations, Marie takes the cash and begins a journey with Bourne that changes her life forever.

The trail of Jason Bourne's past snakes from Europe to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, where Treadstone, a controversial clandestine operation was based.

As Bourne and Marie struggle to stay below radar in France, all of the stealthy muscle of Treads is focused on tracking them and neutralizing Bourne as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum of the same title who wrote about Jason Bourne, the enigmatic hero of three best-selling novels earlier Liman took up the task of recreating the character for a new generation after two decades.

Playing the lead by 'Good Will Hunting' famed Matt Damon (Jason Bourne) who also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor is joined by German actress Franka Potente playing as Marie Kreutz who was acclaimed for her role in 'Run Lola Run' in 1999. Universal Pictures and The Bourne Identity is a CEL release.

'Arumosam Wehi': A fanciful story
By Susitha R. Fernando
Priyantha Kolambage's kiddies film "Arumosam Wehi" (Fancy Rains) is now screened on National Film Corporation circuit.

Nimathi and Mahendra

The third film of Priyantha has hired the highest number of children for its cast and the lead roles are played by Mahendra Perera, W. Jayasiri and Nuwangi Liyanage.

The film represented Lanka at the 33rd Film Festival of India New Delhi and Jakarata International Film Festival held this year.

The story in the film is woven around a circus team that came to a remote village a few decades ago depicts the changes taking place in the traditional living style of the villagers with this new entry.

'Arumosam Wehi' focuses on the central figure "Bindu" played by Mahendra Perera, the clown of the circus who is being ill-treated by the Manager (W. Jayasiri) who is working hard to get the ownership of the circus team.

He secretly plans to get away from Bindu first to realise his goal before the arrival of the owner. But Bindu who has a liking for the owner opposes the manager's plot.

Meanwhile Bindu with Laila, a girl artiste in the circus team befriends the children in the village and volunteers to teach them circus acts.

However Bindu meets with an accident while performing as a result of a plan by the scheming manager.

When he recovers once again according to a ruse by the manager he is falsely accused of stealing some money from the manager and is locked up.
But Bindu's friend Laila with the children help plan to free Bindu and unravel who the real thief was.
Art director is Athul Sulthanagoda, screen play is by Jayantha Kolambage and Suminda Weerasinghe handles the camera.

Samantha Perera is introduced to the silver screen as a director of film score in 'Arumosam Wehi' and Nilar M. Cassim has written the lyrics.

Ministry of Education had approved "Arumosam Wehi" as a film suitable for school children.

The film is produced under the sponsorship of the National Film Corporation.

Sri Lankan Film Festival 2003
The National Film Corporation (NFC), the Embassy of France and the Alliance Francaise (AF) invite Sri Lankan film producers and directors to participate in 'Sri Lankan Film Festival 2003', which will be held at the BMICH in March 2003.

The purpose of this event is to enlighten the Sri Lankan public and the expatriate community in Sri Lanka on the works of Sri Lankan filmakers. The organisers, NFC, AF and the French Embassy request the interested parties to send VHS copies of 1 or 2 of their films (one copy for each film with English subtitles and a synopsis) to reach the selection committee on or before January 8, 2003.

Entries and all inquires must be sent to: Ms. Laila Loste, Cultural Affairs Section, Embassy of France, 89, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7.

Amarnath's new film for Rotterdam Festival
Well-known filmologist Amarnath Jayatilaka's latest Sinhala film 'Bheeshanaye Athuru Kathawak' (a drop in the reign of terror) has been selected by the Organizers of the International Film Festival: Rotterdam in Netherlands for presentation in the upcoming edition in January 2003.

A scene from 'Bheeshanaye Athuru Kathawak

IFFR is a specialized film festival which supports the promotion of sales of movies from the developing countries to the worldwide market.

Based on the popular novel by Nihal P. Jayatunga it is a story set between the years 1987-90 when northern Sri Lanka raged with terror of separatism, southern Sri Lanka was under the siege of an insurrection marked by reign of terror, torture and murder. Against this horrifying backdrop of disappearance of men, women and youth were a common occurrence. This is the story of two families caught between the disappearance in one family that is symbolic of the epoch that engulfed the country in flames of terror.

The cast is headed by Nita Fernando, Clitus Mendis, Vishaka Siriwardhana, Madhuranga Chandheemal and Anushka Nilanjani Ekanayaka. Its cinematography is by Lal Wickremarachchi, edited by Elmo Halliday and the music is composed and performed by Priyanjit Wijesekara.

The film is produced and directed by Amarnath Jayatilaka on loans provided by the 'Film Development Fund' of the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. It will be released next year.

'Chariots of Fire' at Russian Centre
Five Academy Awards winning film 'Chariots of Fire' will be screened at the Russian Centre in Colombo on December 28 at 5.00 pm.

Chariots of Fire is a film of real events and true people and the film shows England between the world wars, describes Olympic Competitions explores some of the reasons why people become competitive. The story is told from the perspective of the British. The movie goes along the college and Olympic careers of four members of British Olympic track team of 1924.

As the story goes on, Abrahams's father was an immigrant to England from Eastern Europe. Lithuania to be exact. The British social and ecomomic system had allowed him to become wealthy and send his sons to the best colleges. There was prejudice against them because of being Jewish, yet they were permitted to prosper in the society.

The film feature actors Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Ian Holm and Alice Krige. The 'Chariots of Fire' is directed by Hugh Hudson.

For further details contact Chandi on 685440, 685429 between 9.00 am-3.00 pm on weekdays.

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