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Udayakantha: Back in the headlines with 'haunting' comedy

Local film buffs will get an opportunity to see the latest film by popular director Udayakantha Warnakulasuriya - Bahuboothayo - (weirdos) which focuses on a rather different and rare theme when it is released next month.

This 'almost-comedy' film based on a Sinhala folk story revolves round a she-devil who comes to the City from a remote village and stays with two journalists. The film was shot in Anuradhapura and Colombo for over one month.

The whole film was completed in five months. It is the first local film to use digital technology for both picture and sound. "It is the first time digital technology has been used in a local film to create surprise and humour," says Udayakantha. It is also the first film to use a " Blue Screen " to create digital effects on the screen. Special techniques were also used for make-up. "My effort was to give a new face to the local comedy film scene with disciplined humour," Udayakantha explains.

The film describes the suffering experienced by the two journalists as the she-devil continues to stay with them. The film then focuses on the efforts of the two journalists to drive away this she-devil from their house.

This is the seventh film by this newspaper and commercial artiste turned film director who has made a name for himself with his diverse range of films. Udayakantha says his career in the film scene is full of diversity and he does not wish to be confined to one category or theme.

In his early films, Udayakantha has focused on many aspects of human nature including family life, underworld, politics and life of youth to mention a few. The film stars Mahendra Perera, Rodney Warnakula, Paboda Sandeepani, Vijaya Nandasiri, Srintha Maddumage, Senaka Perera, Anura Bandara Rajaguru, Gamini Hettiarachchi and Sarath Kulanga.

Netherlands on celluloid

Netherlands film festival - 2002 organised by the Royal Netherlands Embassy to mark 400 years of bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Netherlands will be held from July 6 to 12.

The festival organised in association with Winson Films International and the Sri Lanka Film Critics and Journalists Forum will be screened at the Elphinstone Theatre. The film schedule : The Discovery of Heaven (July 06), I love you too (07), Baby Blue (08), With Great Joy (09), Friendship (10), The Cave(11) and Leak(12). The Discovery of Heaven is directed by Jeroen Krabbe, based on a best selling novel by famous Netherlands author Harry Mullsch.

The Cave directed by Martin Koolhoven is a psychological thriller. Based on a novel by Tim Krabbe, it is about a young man's visit to a cave, which determines the rest of his life in this riveting story about evil and fate.

The last Netherlands film festival held in 2000 attracted nearly 7,000 patrons, organisers comment.The Film Critics and Journalists Forum will also hold a seminar on the film industry on Monday (08) at 4.00 pm at the Elphinstone Theatre. It is open to the public.


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