Mathu Yam Dawasa / මතුයම් දවස
[ Colour 35 mm ]
Film No : 948
Released Date : 2001-11-23
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Mathu Yam Dawasa / මතුයම් දවස
Film No : 948
Released Date : 2001-11-23
Colorimeter : Colour
Video Format : 35 mm
Category : Drama

Main Actor : Saumya Liyanage

Main Actress : Jayani Senanayaka

Director : Dharmasena Pathiraja

Producer : Dharmasena Pathiraja



1Best Sound Management
27th Sarasaviya Awards - 2002
Lionel Gunarathna
2Best Upcoming Actor
27th Sarasaviya Awards - 2002
Wasantha Moragoda
3Best Performance Award
28th OCIC and UNDA Award Ceremony 2002
Wasantha Moragoda

Dealing with his pet themes of youth, unrest and unemployment, the film follows the lives of Dhammika and Lionel. Their dream is to escape Sri Lanka and go to Italy. But things do not go their way and they go on a violent crime spree.


Had world premiere at Singapore International Film Festival, 2002 and Sri Lanka's entry to the 4th Cinefan Festival, New Delhi, 2002.

Italy is their dreamland. They speak of the excitement of the travel, of illegal passage and of the golden opportunities that await them in the land of milk and honey. Two marginal underworld characters, they move centre stage in this dynamic unfolding of political violence and social tragedy, as they become actors and agents seeking adventure, romance, excitement and power in a society that is quickly roller coasting towards disaster and tragedy. It is a cops and robbers story, but with one crucial difference. There are no victors or victims here.

The film is evocative of the political violence that has engulfed Sri Lankan societies from the mid '80 onwards. The deceptively simple narrative dynamically describes the contours of the land steeped in violence, its national boundaries and inter- national aspirations. It forges a cinematic idiom that interests with the multicultural, the idyllic, the popular, the urban, and the global cultural economy. The popular and the avant-garde are mixed together, resulting in a thriller, comedy and tragedy at one and the same time.



Lal Wickremaarachchi
Art Director
Lal Harendranath
Sound Management
Lionel Gunarathna
Make-up Artists
J. Suranimala
Music Director
Premasiri Kemadasa



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