Category: Art and Entertainment

“Nidhanaya” to be restored

The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and New York-based World Cinema Foundation (WCF) have decided to restore the film ‘Nidhanaya’, a Sri Lankan masterpiece.

‘Nidhanaya’ is a 1972 Sinhalese language film directed by Lester James Peries, starring Gamini Fonseka and Malini Fonseka. The movie is based on a story written by G B Senanayake in one of his short story collection known as ‘The Revenge’.

The film would have been lost forever to the world, but for the NFAI, the Pune-based institute’s director Prashant Pathrabe said.
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French embassy expresses regret at the suspension of film festival

he French Embassy in Colombo has expressed its regret over the unfortunate incident and the embarrassment for the general public and for the French Spring partners and sponsors after local authorities had ordered the suspension of the French Film Festival.

The French Film Festival had been organised by the Embassy of France between June 18th and July 14th, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and many others partners and sponsors.

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“Flying Fish” in Troubled Water

In light of the controversy arisen over a the screening of the Sinhala film ‘Igilena Malu’ (Flying Fish) at a French Film Festival last week, the Public Performance Board (PPB) today said they are seeking Attorney General’s advice regarding the course of action that should be followed in the future, when being notified or providing approval for foreign film festivals held in Sri Lanka.

PPB Chairman Gamini Sumanasekara speaking to Daily Mirror said they decided to seek legal advice concerning the specifications of the legal provisions granted to the PPB since at present, they are not equipped with the legal provisions to take action against screenings of any films that might contain material that might not agree with local audiences, at foreign film festivals held in Sri Lanka.
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Chandran Rathnam’s ‘A COMMON MAN’ wins three awards

‘A Common Man’ Directed by Chandran Rutnam won the awards for the ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Actor’ (Ben Kingsley) at the Madrid International Film Festival. The movie was a production of Asia Digital Entertainments. ‘A Common Man’ was nominated in four categories at the Madrid International Film Festival: ‘Best Picture,’ ‘Best Director,’ ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Supporting Actor’.


The festival will held in Madrid aims promote cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment. The Madrid International Film Festival is an annual event based in the city of Madrid in Spain.


In A Common Man, which is set in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a mysterious man (Ben Kingsley) has planted five bombs in the politically-scarred city that are set to explode unless four major terrorists are immediately released from prison. When he makes his demands to the Deputy Inspector General of the Colombo Police Department (Ben Cross), a confrontation ensues that sets off this exciting, non-stop action film that pits truth versus duty in a thrilling duel to the end.


jagathChamilaSri Lankan actor Jagath Chamila has won the Best Actor award at the New York City International Film Festival for his role in Priyankara Vittanachchi’s film Sam’s Story. Four other actors from US, Denmark, Cuba and Canada were nominated for the award.
The film “Sam’s Story” is based on the critically acclaimed book of the same name written by Capt. Elmo Jayawardena that won the Gratiaen Prizein 2001. The story is woven around ‘Sam’, the protagonist, who is a poor, mentally challenged boy from a Sri Lankan village