PAANGSHU

ASIAN FEATURE

NETPAC & GEBER AWARDS

DIRECTED BY VISAKESA CHANDRASEKARAM

85 Minutes | Fiction | DCP | Colour | 

o.v. Sinhala | sub. English | Sri Lanka, 2018

SCHEDULE

22 NOV | FRI |  10:10 | Studio 2

23 NOV | SAT |  13:00 | Studio 5

SYNOPSIS

Babanona (Nita Fernando), a launderer belonged to one of the lowest castes in Sri Lanka is summoned to an identification parade where she identifies Lionel as one of the paramilitary men who abducted her son during the 1988/89 insurgency. While Indika (Jagath Manuwarna), the young public prosecutor shows little or no interest in helping Babanorna finding her missing son, Namalee (Nadie kammallaweera), the pregnant wife of the paramilitary man seeks forgiveness from the launderer. As the prolonging hearings in the dilapidated courthouse continues for months, shameful secrets are gradually unearthed by the defeated rebels, victorious soldiers and those who were crushed in between.

Babanona (Nita Fernando), seorang tukang cuci berkasta paling rendah di Sri Lanka, dipanggil untuk sebuah parade identifikasi di mana ia mengenali Lionel sebagai salah satu anggota paramiliter yang menculik anaknya pada masa pemberontakan 1988/89. Sementara Indika (Jagath Manuwarna), seorang jaksa penuntut umum tak tertarik untuk membantu Babanona menemukan anaknya yang hilang, Namalee (Nadie Kammallaweera), istri sang anggota paramiliter yang sedang hamil meminta pengampunan dari si tukang cuci. Ketika persidangan dalam gedung pengadilan yang bobrok itu terus diperpanjang hingga berbulan-bulan, berbagai rahasia memalukan perlahan diungkap oleh para pemberontak yang kalah, para tentara yang menang, dan mereka yang tertindas di tengah-tengah.

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DIRECTOR’S FILMOGRAPHY

Visakesa Chandrasekaram

(Sri Lanka, 1969) 

 

 

2019

PAANGSHU (feature)

– Best Actress 2019 Nice International Film Festival, France

– Best Costume Designer 2019 Nice International Film Festival, France

– Royal Reel Award, 2019, Canada International Film Festival

 

2013

SAYAPETHI KUSUMA (FRANGIPANI) (feature)

– Best Foreign Film, 2015 Rio LGBT Film Festival, Brazil

– Dr Lester James Peris Awards, 2016 Sarasaviya Film Festival

Production Company

Havelock Arts

 

Contact:

Visakesa Chandrasekaram : visakesa@hotmail.com