TV Times

The Informant; emergence of a whistleblower

The American biographical comedy thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Matt Damon and Scott Bakula will be screened at 6 pm on Tuesday January 11 at the American Center, Colombo.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film depicts Mark Whitacre's involvement as a whistle blower in the lysine price-fixing conspiracy of the mid-1990s as described in the 2000 nonfiction book The Informant, by journalist Kurt Eichenwald.

A rising star at the agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion.

Mark Whitacre has worked for lysine developing company ADM for many years and has even found his way into upper management. But nothing has prepared him for the job he is about to undertake - being a spy for the FBI. Unwillingly pressured into working as an informant against the illegal price-fixing activities of his company, Whitacre gradually adopts the idea that he's a true secret agent. But as his incessant lies keep piling up, his world begins crashing down around him.

The script was written by Scott Z. Burns, and the film stars Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey.

Seven years of Marriage

French film ‘7 ans de mariage’ (Seven years of Marriage) directed by Didier Bourdon will be screened at 3 pm on Tuesday January 11 and at 6.30 pm on Wednesday January 12 at the Alliance Francaise de Colombo.

Alain and Audrey have been married for just seven years, but already the spark has gone out of their love life. Concerned that his marriage may be failing, Alain decides to consult a sex therapist, Claude, who advises him on how to revise his wife's romantic appetite.

Well-written, directed with flair and imagination, and with some exquisite acting, ‘7 ans de mariage’ is a triumph for its director. The film’s memorable comic situations skilfully complement the sombre realism of the central plot (the seven-year itch being a real phenomenon which has caused all too many marriages to fail).

Whilst it succeeds in making us laugh, 7 ans de mariage does not demean its subject with cheap vulgarity or excessive crudeness, but instead provides a mature, well-considered reflection on a situation which is easily recognisable.

Remembering three geniuses in theatre

Felicitating three exceptional giants in Sri Lankan threatre, a drama festival will be held from January 14 to 16 at the newly refurbished Tower Hall theatre.

Three plays ‘Nari Bena’ and “Jasaya Saha Lenchina” produced by Dayananda Gunawardana on Friday January 14, ‘Suba saha Yasa’ produced by Simon Nawagaththegama on Saturday January 15 and ‘Hunuwataye Kathawa’ by Henry Jayasena will go on the boards at 3.30 p.m. and 6.45 p.m.

This Festival is organized by Jude Srimal and tickets are available at Sarasavi Book shop Nugegoda, Sadeepa Book shop Borella, Elphinstone theatre and Tower Hall theatre.

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