The Earth

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2018, Sri Lanka, 85 min., col., 18+
Director: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
Writer: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
Cinematography: Dimuthu Kalinga Dahanayake
Editor: Sithum Samarajeewa
Original music: Chinthaka Lakmal Jayakody
Production Designer: Kumara Karawdeniya
Producer: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
Production company: TVT
Cast: Nita Fernando, Nadie Kammallaweera, Jagath Manuwarna, Randika Gunathilake, Saviour Kanishka, Gayan Lakruwan, Mayura Kaanchana Perera, Nilmini Buwaneka, Grace Ariyawimal

Awards:
• Nice International Film Festival - 2019, (Best Actress; Best Costume Designer);
• Canada International Film Festival - 2019, (Royal Reel Award)


The film is based on real (but little known outside of the country) events: death squads were slaughtering their anti-establishment Sinhalese fellow-countrymen (under the cover of suppressing Tamil separatist movement) in the late 1980-s in Sri Lanka. The key character is a single mother (a village launderer), who's son was abducted and killed by a paramilitary group. She seeks retribution, she insists on a fair trial (for one of the bandits that she has identified). The story of vengeance becomes a story of forgiveness – the women takes pity on the pregnant wife of the suspect. And so the witness withdraws her testimony. This brutal, accurately expressed psychological drama is woven around the well-structured script and impressive acting lead.

Visakesa Chandrasekaram’s debut film PlumeriaжFrangipani) was officially selected to more than 25 international film festivals winning several awards including the Best Foreign Film at 2015 Rio LGBT Film Festival and Dr Lester James Peris Award at 2016 Sarasaviya Film Festival. His second film Earth (Paangshu) was premiered at 2018 Montreal World Film Festival. Visakesa has worked in Sri Lanka as a human rights lawyer and in Australia as a consultant for the NSW Government. He has received a doctorate from the Australian National University for his research on the use of confessionary evidence under counter-terrorism laws. He currently works as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law in University of Colombo.

Selected film 2014 – “Plumeria
2018 – “Earth”

AUGUST 23, FRIDAY

KOMSOMOLETS
  • 17:00The Earth (2018, Dir. Visakesa Chandrasekaran, Sri-Lanka, drama, 86 min.) 18+

AUGUST 25, SUNDAY

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  • 11:00The Earth (2018, Dir.Visakesa Chandrasekaran, Sri-Lanka, drama, 86 min.) 18+. Repeat