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Spy Kids to rescue the earth

The latest Hollywood box office hit is the Spy Kids movie, ‘Spy Kids 4- All The Time in the World’, now being screened at the Liberty cinema Colombo.

The fourth installment in Robert Rodriguez’s family franchise, Spy Kids 4D portrays retired agent of one of the world’s top spy agencies Marissa recruits her two young stepchildren to take on the Time Keeper, a head of an organization which threatens the Earth.

Starring Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Jeremy Piven in the top cast, the movie follows the original Kids formula with only a few minor tweaks.

The film revolves around twins named Rebecca and Cecil Wilson (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook), who have no respect for their step mother, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba), the wife of spy-hunting reporter Wilbur Wilson (Joel McHale). Unbeknown to the twins, Marissa is a retired agent for the OSS (Organization of Super Spies) which has since become the world's top spy agency and former HQ of the now-defunct Spy Kids division.

When Earth is threatened by a cartel led by a hyperion mastermind known as "the Timekeeper" (Jeremy Piven), she is contacted and called back into action by the OSS, leaving a red-sapphire necklace (the key to the Timekeeper's plan) with Rebecca.

However, with the end of the world pending and the necklace stolen by the Timekeeper, both Rebecca and Cecil find that they have no choice but take part in the battle, help Marissa, and put their anger against her aside to rescue people's lives that were at stake while enlisting the help of the previous Spy Kids Carmen Cortez and Juni Cortez (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara).

A wife’s hunt for disappeared husband

‘Under the Sand’ (Sous le Sable) , a French drama about a female professor who begins to mentally disintegrate as she denies of her husband’s sudden disappearance at a beach, will be screened at the Alliance Francaise de Colombo.

Directed by François Ozon, this mystery drama narrates around Marie, a professor of English literature in a Paris university how has been happily married to Jean for 25 years, although they have no children.During their summer vacations in the southwest of France, Jean leaves Marie sunbathing on the beach and goes to swim in the sea. When Marie turns back, she cannot find Jean. Has he left her? committed suicide? drowned? With no clue and no body to mourn over, Marie acts as her husband was still alive.

The film with English subtitles will be screened at 3 pm on Tuesday, August 30 and at 6.30 pm on August 31 at Alliance Française de Colombo 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

A king’s mistake on the stage

The new production of one of the most popular stages dramas ‘Suba saha Yasa’, directed by Saiman Navagaththegarna will be staged at Lionel Wendt Theatre on September 2 at 3.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Sriyantha Mendis, Nihal Fernando, Kusum Renu, Srinath Maddumage, Samadara Ariyawansa, Wasantha Wittachehi, Kurnara Thirimadura, Amaradasa Thalgahagoda, Deepika Abeygunaratne, Ratne D. Nambuge, Premakumara Dassanayake, Susil Perera, Neil Ravindra, Ravindra Ariyarathna, and Asoka Zoysa are the main stars.

Makeup is done by Wasantha Wittachchi and Stanley Omar is providing the music. Stage Management is by Kumara Thirimadura and stage setting is by Lional Bentarage and Upali Weerasinghe is providing the lights. Tickets are available at Lionel Wendt Theatre.

Ravindra Ariyaratne’s latest theatrical production ‘Balloth Ekka Behe’ will be staged at 3.30 pm and 7 pm on September 4, at the Lionel Wendt theatre, Colombo. A political satire, the play revolves around a politician and his secretary (played by Wijeya Nandasiri and Gihan Fernando) who flees fearing an election loss.

Other roles are played by Roshan Pilapitiya, Saman Hemarathna, Kumara Thirirnadura and Lewellyn Vanderwall and stage management is by Asoka de Zoysa and Shantha Udaya Kumara. Production management and organization of plays are by Jude Srimal.

‘Flying Fish’ fly higher

Young filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s maiden film ‘Igilena Maaluwo’ (Flying Fish) won yet another award at that recently concluded Cindi Digital Seoul Film Festival in South Korea.
The film received Blue Chameleon Award and Special Jury Award for Red Chameleon Award at CINDI DIGITAL SEOUL FILM FESTIVAL, South Korea.

The film which narrates through three parallel stories of war also won the Best Director award at the New Territories competition section of the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival last month.
Competing with 10 films that represented the cinema of China, Iran, Russia, USA, Poland, Spain and Denmark, at Saint Petersburg, Sanjeewa had won the award for his maiden effort in cinema.

The film playing Chaminda Sampath Jayaweera, Rathnayaka Marasinghe, Siththi Mariyam, Sanjeewa Dissanayake, Sumathy Sivamohan and Kaushalya Fernando in its stellar cast, earlier represented Sri Lanka at a number of well-known film festivals including the 47th Chicago International Film Festival, 37th Seattle International Film Festival (IFF) and at Pesaro IFF in Italy.

Presented with Hubert Bals Post Production Fund Award of the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), 2011, Sanjeewa’s maiden feature was first nominated for the Tiger award and NETPAC Award at the same festival.

Having received a scholarship from the Korean government to study filmmaking in the Asian Young Film Forum, Sanjeewa left for Korea in 2007 and presently is reading for a postgraduate degree in Chung-Ang University. His first short production “Touch” (2007) won the Special Jury Prize at the Youth New Wave International Film Festival in Sri Lanka.

‘Bakamuna’ returns to the Wendt

One month after its sell-out debut run at the Lionel Wendt, Rajitha Dissanayake’s latest political satire ‘Bakamuna Veedi Basi’ (Owl in the Street) returns to the Colombo stage by popular demand.

An entertaining and inspiring political satire of our time, the play stars a talented cast of experienced actors like Shyam Fernando, Jayani Senanayaka, Dharmapriya Dias, Prasad Sooriyaarachchi, Sampath Jayaweera and Priyankara Ratnayaka.

‘Owl in the Street’, uses powerful lines and metaphors to convey the audience, the diverse power struggles seen in today’s tumultuous political arena.

‘Owl in the Street’ will be staged at 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm on Saturday, September 3. The Box Office will be open at the Lionel Wendt from August 24 onwards.

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