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Prasanna Vithanage
ප්‍රසන්න විතානගේ
1962
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Prasanna Vithanage ප්‍රසන්න විතානගේ
Prasanna Vithanage
  • Birthday : 1962 March 14
  • INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
    1Special Jury Award for Directing
    Fribourg International Film Festival - 2003
    Fribourg - Switzerland

     
    NATIONAL AWARDS

    1 Best Director

    20th OCIC Award Ceremony 1993
    Sisila Ginigani

    2 Best Director

    5th Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1993
    Sisila Ginigani

    3 Best Director

    3rd Vicharaka Sammana Ulela - FIPRESCT 1996
    Anantha Rathriya

    4 Best Script Writer

    3rd Vicharaka Sammana Ulela - FIPRESCT 1996
    Anantha Rathriya

    5 "Vishva Keerthi" Award

    26th Sarasaviya Awards - 1998

    6 Best Director

    4th Vicharaka Sammana Ulela - FIPRESCT 1998
    Pawru Walalu

    7 "Wishwa Keerthi" Award

    12th Presidential Award 2000 - 2

    8 Special Jurry Award

    13th Presidential Award 2000
    Pawru Walalu

    9 Best Script Writer

    27th Sarasaviya Awards - 2002
    Purahanda Kaluwara

    10 Best Director

    26th OCIC Award Ceremony 2002
    Pawru Walalu

    11 Best Director

    28th OCIC and UNDA Award Ceremony 2002
    Purahanda Kaluwara

    12 Best Script Writer

    28th OCIC and UNDA Award Ceremony 2002
    Purahanda Kaluwara

    13 Best Director

    31st Sarasaviya Awards - 2006
    Ira Madiyama

    14 Best Director

    4th Derana Film Awards 2016
    Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

    15 Best Script

    2nd Hiru Golden Film Awards 2016
    Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

    16 Best Director

    33rd Sarasaviya Awards - 2016
    Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

    17 Best Script Writer

    33rd Sarasaviya Awards - 2016
    Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka

    18 Special Jury Prize

    5th Derana Film Awards 2017
    Usaviya Nihandai

    19 Jury First Award

    3rd Hiru Golden Film Awards 2018
    Age Asa Aga

    20 Best Script Writer

    34th Sarasaviya Awards - 2018
    Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka
     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CREW MEMBER

    1Sisila Ginigani
    Director
    1992
    2Pawru Walalu
    Director
    1999
    3Anantha Rathriya
    Director / Script
    2001
    4Purahanda Kaluwara
    Director / Script
    2001
    5Ira Madiyama
    Director
    2005
    6Machan
    Producer
    2008
    7Akasa Kusum
    Director / Producer / Story
    2009
    8Vidhu
    Co-Producer
    2010
    9Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka
    Director / Script
    2015
    10Usaviya Nihandai
    Director / Script
    2016

    UPCOMING

    1Thundenek
    Director
    2Gaadi
    Producer
    3Gaadi
    Director
    BIOGRAPHY

    Born in 1962, Prasanna Vithanage became involved in theatre on leaving school. 

     
    He translated and directed Bernad Shaw's 'Arms and the Man' in 1986, and Dario Fo's 'Raspberries and Trumpets' in 1991. 
     
    In 1992, he directed his first film ' Sisila Gini Gani ' (Ice on Fire). It won nine OCIC (Sri Lanka) Awards including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. 
     
    Four years later in 1996 was his second feature ' Anantha Rathriya ' (Dark Night of the Soul), which he wrote and directed. 
    It participated in several international film Festivals and won a Jury's Special Mention at the First Pusan International Film festival. The film also won all the main awards at the 1996 Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards (affiliated to FIPRESCI) including awards for Most Outstanding Film, Best Director and Best Scriptwriter. 
     
    'Pawuru Walalu' (Walls Within), his third feature in 1997 won the Best Actress Award for Nita Fernando in her role as Violet, at the 1998 Singapore International Film Festival. It even won ten out of eleven awards in Best Picture and Best Director at the Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards. 
     
    His fourth feature ' Purahanda Kaluwara ' (Death on A Full Moon Day) of the same year, 1997, which he wrote and directed was produced by NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation). It won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival. Initially banned by the government of Sri Lanka, it has since become the most successful film in the more than half a century history of cinema in Sri Lanka. 
     
    Prasanna Vithanage completed “Ira Madiyama”, his 05th film in 2003. it was on to win many international awards and was featured prominently in the world festival circuit.
     
    In 2007, Vithanage co-produced the hit film "Machan," a comedy about a group of working class con artists posting as a handball team, directed by "Full Monty" producer Uberto Pasolini. "Machan" premiered at the 65th Venice Film Festival in 2008.
     
    2008 also saw the World Premiere of Prasanna Vithanage's 6th feature film as director, "Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky)" in Pusan, South Korea. The film is currently touring the festival circuit and will be released into Sri Lankan cinemas in July 2009.
     
     
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