more feather for Ira Mediyama
Mediyama’ (August Sun) has once again received international
recognition at the Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF).
This is another film by Prasanna Vithanage. The Singapore Film Festival
began on April 15 and concluded on May 1.
film was awarded with the International Critic Prize at the International
Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and Network for the Promotion
of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) at Singapore International Film Festival.
Jury citation for the film said it was “set in the mid-1990’s,
when the civil war in Sri Lanka was at its height, the film depicts
how three individuals struggle to recover what they have lost and
are willing to risk everything for what really counts in life: A
longing for identity, a sense of dignity and yearning to love and
in 1987 with the objective to promote film as an artistic medium
and provide an international showcase for Asian Cinema among other
things the SIFF is an annual film event which screens about 300
films from over 45 countries.
Festival is recognized by international film critics (who attend
to discover new Asian talents) for its programming and focus on
Asian Cinema and has a platform for new Singapore films and a window
to South East Asian films. Tributes to the SIFF have been organized
by the Cine Vegas Film Festival and the European Institute of Cinema.
encourage excellence amongst Asian filmmakers, the Festival had
introduced the Silver Screen Awards Competition in 1991. The Awards
have become regionally recognized and Asian filmmakers vie to have
their films entered in-competition to gain exposure in world markets.
Prasanna’s third feature ‘Pawuru Walalu’ (Walls
Within) won the Best Actress Award for Nita Fernando for her role
as Violet, at the 1998 Singapore International Film Festival.
latest award at last week’s SIFF is the fourth international
recognition received by the film.‘Ira Mediyama’ earlier
had won the Silver Award for the Best film (Lady Harimaguada Plata)
and Best Actress Award for Nimmi Harasgama) at the 5th International
Film Festival of Las Palmas –2004 in Spain.
Jury Special Mention at Grand Prix “Le Regard D’or”
at 18th Fribourg International Film Festival-2004 had also been
awarded to ‘Ira Mediyama’. Set in the mid 1990s ‘Ira
Mediyama’ centres on three main narratives, which evolve simultaneously.
The individuals in this story are all caught up in the quest of
looking for what they have lost. They risk everything to achieve
what they think is happiness. Here lies the never-ending search
for love, dignity and identity.
cast in the films are Peter D’ Almeida, Nimmi Harasgama, Namal
Jayasinghe, Mohamed Rahfiulla, Nadi Kammalaweera, A. A. Mansoor,
Maheshwari Ratnam, Gayani Gishanthika, H. V. Thaheera and Rajeena