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Archive - 8th Five Flavours Film Festival

Frangipani

Sri Lanka 2014, 90’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
screenplay: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
cinematography: Kularuwan Gamage
editing: Sithum Samarajeewa
music: Shantha Peris
cast: Dasun Pathirana, Jehan Srikanth Appuhami, Yashodha Rasanduni, Bhoomi Harendran, Ruvan Malith Peris
producer: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
language: Sinhalese
colouration: colour

Film description

A story of an impossible love, composed with subtle but expressive means. Sarasi hopes that her best friend, Chamath, will save her from an arranged marriage. It all changes when another boy, Nalin, appears in their town. The mutual fascination between the men cannot come to light – by the power of the colonial law, homosexual relations are illegal in Sri Lanka. The director explores the thickening emotions between the three protagonists, not resorting to excessive dramatization – he follows the looks, the small gestures and moments, and uses them to picture the destructive consequences of renouncing the truth.

 

Jagoda Murczyńska

Visakesa Chandraselaram

A human rights lawyer and an independent artist practicing in Sri Lanka and Australia. He wrote and directed many plays including the first Sri Lankan gay play, "Katu Yahana," which was banned by the Sri Lanka’s Censorship Board. He has also published his debut novel, “Tigers Don’t Confess." "Frangipani" is his debut feature length movie.

Filmography:

2014 Tajemnica kwiatu plumerii / Frangipani

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