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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

With You, Without You

Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka
Sri Lanka 2012, 90’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Prasanna Vithanage
screenplay: Prasanna Vithanage, na podstawie "Łagodnej" Fiodora Dostojewskiego
cinematography: M.D. Mahindapala
editing: A. Sreekar Prasad
music: Lakshman Joseph De Saram
cast: Anjali Patil, Shyam Fernando, Wasantha Moragoda
producer: Lasantha Nawarathna
language: Sinhalese, Tamil
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Milan African FF 2013 - najlepszy film, Vesoul Asian FF 2013 - Golden Wheel oraz Netpac Award dla najlepszego filmu, IFF of India 2012 - najlepsza aktorka (Anjali Patil)

Film description

This classic story of an impossible love, inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "A Gentle Creature", is also a metaphor of the complex situation in Sri Lanka.

A middle-aged pawnbroker lives alone above his shop in a remote village. He is bewitched by one of his clients, but the two have nothing in common – they are of different age, religion, social and economic status, sensibilities, and ethnic background (she is a Tamil, he a Singhalese). They are aware of the fragility of a relationship based on such imbalance. But the beautiful young girl, with no money and no prospects, succumbs to persuasion and becomes a wife. She brings liveliness and confusion into the composed life of the man, and trustingly yields to the growing affection, which brings out the husband’s concerns.
The object of his desire suddenly becomes a person, with plans and dreams, as well as a tragic past. A life in a country, which for so long was torn by the civil war, has left its marks. Some facts are revealed, which the couple would rather never have found out about.

Agnieszka Szeffel

Prasanna Vithanage

Born in 1962, Panadura, Sri Lanka. One of the best Sri Lankan directors. Before he turned to cinema, he directed Bernard Shaw’s and Dario Fo’s plays for the theater. He made 7 films , which received many awards at international festivals. In 1996 he adapted Tolstoy’s ”Dark Night of the Soul,” and now he returns to Russian literature with an adaptation of “A Gentle Creature” by Dostoyevsky.


1991 Sisila Gini Gani / Ice on Fire
1996 Anantha Rathriya / Dark Night of the Soul
1997 Purahanda Kaluwara / Death on a Full Moon Day
1997 Pawru Walalu / Walls Within
2004 Ira Madiyama / August Sun
2008 Akasa Kusum / Flowers of the Sky
2013 Z tobą, bez ciebie / Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka / With You, Without You

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