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Director
Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

Filmography
2007 Touch (short)
2007 Wings to Fly (short)
2010 Flying Fish

Biography
He was born in 1977 in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka and at the age of 18 he came to the capital Colombo. He worked as a presenter for an FM radio channel, a newspaper and TV journalist, a scriptwriter and producer. In 2005, he completed an Arts Degree and in 2008 he obtained a Master’s degree in Mass Communication. In 2005/2006 Sanjeewa pursued a Diploma in Filmmaking from the National Film Corporation, Sri Lanka. He has also written and published three books on cinema. Flying Fish is his feature film debut.

Main program

Flying Fish / Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

Shot against the backdrop of a seemingly idyllic village, the film conveys the catastrophic consequences of Sri Lanka’s civil war, without ever showing a military clash. The languid pace of village life belies the hostility that has developed over 25 years of clashes between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil separatists. The film follows three intertwined stories of forbidden love and ethnic tension. Wasana, a young village girl, falls in love with a 25-year-old soldier and becomes pregnant. When the soldier abandons her, Wasana and her father are left to deal with the disgrace. A widow raising eight children begins a love affair with a fellow villager. When her teenage son sees them making love, the consequences will be devastating. A 13-year-old girl is harassed at school by Tamil Tiger guerillas. One night, the Tamil forces break into the girl’s house and demand a huge ransom for her. Three parallel stories deal with the attempts of ordinary village people to lead a normal life in abnormal circumstances.


Director:Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
Script:Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, Chinthana Dharmadasa
Cinematography:Vishvajith Karunarathna
Editing:Ajith Ramanayake
Sound:Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, Aruna Priyantha Kaluarchchi, W.G. Podirathna
Music:Tharindu Priyankara De Silva
Costumes:Bimal Dushmantha
With:Chaminda Sampath Jayaweera (soldier), Gayesha Perera (Wasana), Rathnayaka Marasinghe (Muthubanda), Siththi Mariyam (Tamil girl), Sanjeewa Dissanayake (Tamil father), Sumathy Sivamohan (Tamil mother), Kaushalya Fernando (Sinhala mother), Nilanka Dahanayake (son), Thissa Βandaranayaka (monk), Wasanthi Ranwala (Wasana’s mother)
World Sales:Asia Digital Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka T. +94 11 739 5531 F. +94 11 739 5530 udithe@asiacapital.lk udithe@asiadigitalworld.com www.asiacapital.lk
Production Design:Bimal Dushmantha
Producer:Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
Production:Sapushpa Expressions Ltd, Sri Lanka, T. +82 0 8050 4083 sapushpamail@yahoo.com www.pushpakumara.com www.flyingfishmovie.com
Production Country:Sri Lanka
Co-production:Asia Digital Entertainment Ltd., Sri Lanka
Format:35mm Color
Duration:124'
Production Year:2010
Best Director Award - St. Petersburg IFF Kinoforum 2011
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 22:00 | ID:426
JOHN CASSAVETES:Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 15:15 | ID:553
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