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SRI LANKA FILM FEST

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Date 2017-06-12 Event period 2017-06-23 ~ 2017-06-25 Read 941



Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between
Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea in 2017

SRI LANKA FILM FEST
Retrospective of Contemporary Sri Lankan Cinema



Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea in 2017 / SRI LANKA FILM FEST /Retrospective of Contemporary Sri Lankan Cinema /2017.6.23(Fri)-6.25.(Sun)/CGV CGV Myeongdong Station Cine Library ART



From June 23-25, the Korea Foundation and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Korea will host the SRI LANKA FILM FEST, a retrospective of contemporary Sri Lankan cinema, at the CGV Myeongdong Station Cine Library in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea. The festival presents five internationally acclaimed films by Sri Lankan film directors using different genres and narrative techniques to explore unique facets of Sri Lankan life.

Fest Period

June 23-25 (Friday-Sunday)
※ For further details, please check the screening schedule below.

Venue

CGV Myeongdong Station Cine Library

Films (※ For further details about each film, please click on the respective ‘Tell Me More!’ button.)

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The Singing Pond (Ho Gaana Pokuna)  포스터


The Singing Pond (Ho Gaana Pokuna)
Directed by Indika Ferdinando (2015)
Duration: 120 minutes / Rated: 12
Language: Sri Lankan / Subtitles: Korean, English
Synopsis Uma, a new teacher, arrives at a primary school in a remote Sri Lankan village. With Uma’s help, the students gradually start to dream of bigger things than they ever imagined.


[* We are glad to announce that the Embassy of Sri Lanka has made a limited number of tickets available for the Opening Ceremony & Screening. To reserve tickets, please contact  srifilmfest@gmail.com by June 21.]



Dirty, Yellow, Darkness(더티, 옐로우, 다크니스) 포스터

Dirty, Yellow, Darkness (Premaya Nam)
Directed by Kalpana & Vindana Ariyawansa (2017)
Duration: 95 minutes / Rated: 15
Language: Sri Lankan / Subtitles: Korean, English
Synopsis
After his wife leaves him, a man with a severe case of OCD admits himself to a mental hospital to overcome his fear and win back his wife.

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Red Butterfly Dream(붉은 나비의 꿈) 포스터

Red Butterfly Dream (Rathu Samanala Heenayak)

Directed by Priyantha Kaluarachchi (2016)
Duration: 86 minutes / Rated: 18
Language: Sri Lankan / Subtitles: Korean, English
Synopsis
Ajith’s uncle holds an ancient script which says that a treasure can be attained by sacrificing a virgin with four birthmarks lined on her neck. But when the treasure fails to materialize after sacrificing a young Tamil girl whose neck featured those birthmarks, Ajith falls in love with the girl’s sprit...

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For a Son(아들을 위하여) 포스터

For a Son (Per un figlio)

Directed by Suranga Deshapriya Katugampala (2017)
Duration: 71 minutes / Rated: 15
Language: Sri Lankan / Subtitles: Korean, English
Synopsis
Sunita, a middle-aged Sri Lankan woman, lives with her teenage son on the outskirts of a northern Italian city where she works as a caregiver. The relationship between mother and son is fraught with tension and silence. Having grown up in Italy, the boy is a cultural hybrid his mother struggles to understand, as she fights to live in a country which she does not want to belong.

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Let Her Cry(그녀들을 울게 하세요) 포스터

Let Her Cry (Ege Esa Aga)

Directed by Asoka Handagama
Duration: 96 minutes / Rated: 18
Language: Sri Lankan / Subtitles: Korean, English
Synopsis
When a university professor close to his retirement starts an affair with an attractive undergraduate student, he jeopardizes his reputation and that of his family. His wife makes a fateful decision that changes everyone’s life.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director Asoka Handagama.

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Screening Schedule

Date and Time Venue Title of Film
June 23 Friday 20:00 Teatre1 (11 Fl.) Singing Pond
June 24 Saturday 15:00 ART2 (10 Fl.) Dirty, Yellow, Darkness
17:30 ART2 (10 Fl.) Red Butterfly Dream
June 25 Sunday 15:00 Teatre1 (11 Fl.) For a Son
17:00 Teatre1 (11 Fl.) Let Her Cry

* The screnning schedule is subject to change without notice. 

Reservation Process (Admission Free)

If you would like to attend the retrospective of contemporary Sri Lankan cinema, please visit the Korea Foundation’s website at en.kf.or.kr. Between June 12 (2pm) and June 20 (6pm), you can reserve tickets for each screening under KF Global Center > KF Global Arts > Movies.

Please submit your name and contact details as well as the number of seats you would like to book. Please note that a maximum of 2 seats can be reserved per person.

Reservation period

June 12 (Monday) 2pm – June 20 (Tuesday) 6pm

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmed ticket holders will be announced after 3pm on June 21 (Wednesday) on the ‘Notice’ section of the bulletin board on the KF website.

Notice

- Please check each film’s rating before applying for tickets.
- You may apply for tickets for all films. Please note, however, that the screening of “Singing Pond” is a private screening, available by invitation only.
- For additional information, please call the switchboard at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Seoul (02) 735-2966 or send an email to srifilmfest@gmail.com.
- Since we can only offer a limited number of seats to the general public, please only reserve tickets for screenings you are sure to attend. Should you not be able to attend a screening you reserved tickets for, please contact us to cancel your reservation so that others can attend in your stead. Please note that ticket holders failing to attend without prior notice are subject to refusal of admission for future events.



아소카 한다가마(Asoka Handagama)
Asoka Handagama

Veteran Sri Lankan filmmaker Dr. Lester James Peiris cited Asoka Handagama’s third feature film, “This is My Moon” (Me Mage Sandai), as the film that launched the third revolution in Sri Lankan cinema. “This is My Moon”, winner of the Woosuk Award for Best Film at the 2nd Jeonju International Film Festival, and his follow-up film, “Flying with One Wing” (Tani tatuwen piyabanna), which won awards at film festivals in San Sebastián, Tokyo and Turin, both deal with the harsh socio-political realities in Sri Lankan society, exemplifying Handagama oeuvre that always explores new territories and narrative styles. At its 33rd edition in 2013, the Amiens International Film Festival in France paid tribute to Handagama’s contribution to the development of independent cinema in Asia by featuring six of his films in a special “Hommage”. “Let Her Cry” is his eighth full-length feature.
아노마 라자카루나(Anomaa Rajakaruna) Festival Curator

(Anomaa Rajakaruna) Festival Curator

Anomaa Rajakaruna is the Festival Director of the Jaffna International Cinema Festival and the Agenda 14 Short Film Festival in Colombo. Since 2008, she also curates the European Film Festival in Sri Lanka. During the last 12 years, she has served as a juror at several national and international film festivals. In 2012, Rajakaruna was awarded the French National Order of Merit by the President of France; in 2005, she received the Kala Suri, a national honor awarded for special contributions to the development of the arts, by the President of Sri Lanka; and in 2002, she received the Bunka Award by the Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund.

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