screens ‘Sakman Maluwa’
Winner of five Sarasavi Awards in 2003, Sumithra Peries’ ‘Sakman
Maluwa’- (The Garden) will be screened at Fukoka International
Film Festival, Japan. Focusing on promoting Asian culture and cinema,
the film is to represent Sri Lanka. The Japanese festival scheduled
to be from September 10 to 20 is the first international exposure
the film received.
of the biggest cultural celebrations to promote Asian arts and culture,
the event is held in the Japanese island of Fukoka annually. Over
the last fifteen years two films were selected annually from Sri
Lanka, Sumithra’s earlier films ‘Ganga Addara’
(By the River side) and ‘Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuva Oba Sanda’
(Letter written in the Sand) too had been entries at this festival
addition to Sumithra earlier Lester’s ‘Rekhawa’,
‘Kaliyugaya’, ‘Beddegama’, ‘Awaragira’
and ‘Wekanda Walawwa’ had participated in the Fukoka
film festival. The other Sri Lankan film selected to be screened
this year is Somaratne Dissanayake’s Suriya Arana (Fire Fighters).
other important feature of this festival is that the films selected
to be screened at the festival each year taken to Fukoka Asian Archives
be treasured permanently. The film deals with the conflicting aspiration
and outlook of a couple who are differently aged.
on the short story by Godfrey Gunatillake ‘The Garden’,
scripted by Dr. Lester James Peiris film won five awards at a recently
held Sarasaviya Film Festival including Best Film, Best Actor (Sanath
Gunathilake), Best Musical Director (Dr. Pandit W. D. Amaradeva),
Best upcoming star (Dinindu Jagoda) and a Merit Award for Daya Tennekoon.
Gunathilake, Kanchana Mendis play lead roles while Dinindu Jagoda
plays Sanath’s brother. The film also had an elite cast in
Vasanthi Chathurani, Rangana Premaratne, Daya Tennekoon and Irangani
Serasinghe. Mrs. Peiris, actor Sanath Gunathilake and actress Kanchana
Mendis are to participate in the festival.
The film was produced by Ceylon Theatres to celebrate its 75th anniversary.