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Maharaja gemunu
"Chandrasiri brings the tale of ?Dutugemunu? to cinema"
2017-12-13

The launching ceremony of award winning director Jayantha Chandrasiri’s latest cinema venture ‘Dutugemunui’, life story of King Dutugemunu, the greatest of Sri Lankan kings took place in Anuradhapura.


The Muhurath for the film with religious ceremonies was held in front of Ruwanwelisa Dagoba in Anuradhapura, one of the greatest creations of King Dutugemunu. During the ceremony through satellite communication, President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated the director Jayantha Chandrasiri, his cast and other artistes who were involved in the film.

At a time when people talk much about the unification of the country with the victory in the war, Jayantha is making the film a biography of the king Dutugamuni who is hailed for unification of the country in the second century BC.

The biopic combines the legends and extensive research involving the Mahavamsa, Deepavansa, Thupavansa
http://sundaytimes.lk/090607/Magazine/sundaytimestvtimes_09. html

Susitha R. Fernando

 
Akasa Kusum
"Akasa Kusum gets jury award at Asian Film Festival in France"
2017-12-13

Prasanna Vithanage's latest film Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) received a special jury award at the prestigious 15th Festival International des d'Asie at Vesoul in France.
Vithanage personally received the award from the Festival Director Jean-Marc Therouanne on February 14 after the film was screened to a packed audience at the Majestic Theatre, the largest cinema hall at Vesoul. Describing the film after the screening, Vithanage said he picked on a star of yesteryear as the theme for his latest venture to highlight the agony and ecstasy of film actresses all over the world.

"It's not a real life story of a star, who was popular once and has now been forgotten," he explained.

"Of course, one cannot prevent being influenced by what one observes over the years".


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Akasa Kusum
"Akasa Kusum gets Jury Award at Asian Film Festival in France"
2017-12-13

Paris, 28 February, (Asiantribune.com): Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) received a special Jury Award at the prestigious 15th Festival International des d’Asie in Vesoul in France. Vithanage personally received the award from the Festival Director Jean-Marc Therouanne on February 14 after the film was screened to a packed audience at the Majestic Theatre, the largest cinema hall in Vesoul.

Describing the film after the screening, Vithanage said that he picked on a star of yesteryear as the theme for his latest venture to highlight the agony and ecstasy of film actresses all over the world. "It's not a real life story of a star, which was popular once and has now been forgotten," he hastens to explain. "Of course, one cannot prevent being influenced by what one observes over the years".

He told the French audience that the main actress Mala
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Asian Tribune

 
Akasa Kusum
"?Akasa Kusum? picks American Distributor"
2017-12-13

Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film “Akasa Kusum” (Flowers of the Sky) was recently picked up by American distributor for the sales rights.

Wonderphil Productions, an independent US-based film distribution company signed an agreement with Sarasavi Cineru for the world sales distribution rights for the film.


This is the first time a Sri Lankan film has been picked by an American company for distribution. Under the contract, Wonderphil Productions will hold the rights to distribute “Akasa Kusum” in cinemas, DVD, television and other formats across the globe except in India and Sri Lanka. The California-based company signed the agreement with Sarasavi Cineru on April 14.

The film, which won Malini Fonseka the coveted Silver Peacock Award at the 39 Indian International Film Festival in Goa, will be released in Sri Lankan theatres in July 2009. “Akasa Kusum&rdq
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Akasa Kusum
"Malani And ?Akasa Kusum? Tours The World"
2017-12-13

(Colombo Lankapuvath August 31) Screen Queen Malani Fonseka began her world tour with Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film ‘Akasa Kusum’ (Flowers of the Sky) aimed at its screening.

Her first tour was to Australia where Akasa Kusum will be screened in Melbourne from August 30. The movie will be screened in other countries like Italy, Greece, England, Cyprus and Canada within the next few weeks.

Malani won the most prestigious Silver Peacock Award at the 39th Kerala International Film Festival recently for her lead role as Sandhya Rani in Akasa Kusum.

‘Akasa Kusum’ (Blossoms of the Sky) was adjudged the Best Asian Movie at the recent Cines del Sur Festival in Grenada, Spain together with ‘Before the Burial’ by Iranian director Behnam Behzadi.  It also won a special Jury Mention at the Vesoul Film Festival in France recently. ‘Akasa Kusum’
http://www.lankapuvath.lk/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&catid=24:arts&id=3320:malani

www.lankapuvath.lk

 
Akasa Kusum
"?Akasa Kusum? ? Best Asian Film At Granada"
2017-12-13

Sri Lankan film ‘Akasa Kusum’ (Flowers in the sky) has been awarded the best Asian film award at thethird Granada international film festival in Southern Spain. The film directed by internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan film director Prasanna Vithanage shared the award with an Iranian film.
 
‘Akasa Kusum’ also won another international award when its main actress, Malini Fonseka, was awarded the Silver Peacock at the 39 International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in December, last year. Vithange also won many international awards for his previous films, Pawuru Walalu, Purahanda Kaluvara and Ira Madiyama.
‘Akasa Kusum’ will be released into Sri Lankan cinemas in July this year.


http://www.lankatruth.com/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=2546:akasa-kusum--best-

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Julia
"?Julia? gives birth to two young debutants"
2017-12-13

With his maiden cinematic venture young Sampath Sri Roshan makes his first appearance as a filmmaker with 'Julia' while another young man Charith Abeysinghe plays the role of producer. Julia, an international production with Sri Lanka-England coordination has completed its shooting and will soon be ready for screening.

The film is also starred by the two young men making maiden appearances on the silver screen. Among the others in the cast include the veterans Ravindra Randeniya, Robin Fernando, Veena Jayakody, Sriyantha Mendis, Rex Kodippili, Sandun Wijesiri, and others Sanet Dikkumbura, Bandula Suriyabandara, Teddy Vidyalankara, Sasanthi Jayasekara, Nadeesha Hemamali, Harsha Bulathsinghala and Achala Walpola.

The film, a quadrangle revolving around the main characters Julia, Dilru, Dev and Shakie whose lives are intertwined and interlinked. Julia, the innocent and naïve young woman enjoying the bliss
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/080921/TV/sundaytvtimes_10.html

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Akasa Kusum
"Akasa Kusum Review"
2017-12-13

I have noticed that every time I’ve watched a film by Prasanna Vithanage, it has made me think. For days afterward I would randomly remember something from the film, I’d research to understand certain parts of it that I did not fully comprehend. For an example, after watching Ira Madiyama, I attended lectures and discussions about it, read reviews and related articles (and went through a post-modernist phase as a result!) because there was much to think about and digest.

Akasa Kusum had the same effect on me, albeit with a slight difference. While Vithanage has been consistent in making another thought provoking film, this time around my ponderings have been on a more personal level than before and more short lived. Maybe I went in with too high expectations or maybe it really was weaker than his previous works. Someone with more insight could sort that out for me.

The cast was very good and
http://sachinip.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/akasa-kusum/

Sachini Perera

 
Other News
"Daily News speaks about www.films.lk 31 August 2009"
2017-12-13

Outlining an accurate cinema database - let alone a website - means a challenge in our industry. Isura Wickramaarachhi, who heads his web designing company called Isandi creations (Pvt) Ltd., has taken that extra step by creating www.films.lk. The website, with its unique domain, contains a good deal of information about past films starting from Kadavunu Poronduwa in 1947 to the latest Akasa Kusum in 2009.

"It was no easy job. I had to dig out almost all archives to find information." Isura said.

The website is done good and proper, one will notice, but still more information should be pumped in. It badly requires a complete cinema database, a luxury. Nuwan Nayanajith has authored the so far unbeaten nearly-perfect database called Sri Lankeya Cinema Vansaya. The book, now out of print, contains films up to 2004 with cast and credit details.

"Building a



 
Other News
"Sinhala Cinema Database in www.colombotoday.com"
2017-12-13

The Colombo Page news portal has published news on www.films.lk . The Colombo Page is a well known and trusted news website which offers foreign and Sri Lanka viewers latest news.

http://colombotoday.com/english/articles/ART /New-website-Sinhala-Cinema/3917.htm





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