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IN DISCUSSION: Minister Counsellor, Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission W.S. Perera (left), Tamil Film Producers Council president Ramanarayanan and actor and MLA S.V. Shekher at the inaugural function of the Sri Lankan Film Festival in Chennai on M onday. - Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
IN DISCUSSION: Minister Counsellor, Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission W.S. Perera (left), Tamil Film Producers Council president Ramanarayanan and actor and MLA S.V. Shekher at the inaugural function of the Sri Lankan Film Festival in Chennai on M onday. - Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Staff Reporter

``It will enhance cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka''

CHENNAI: The Sri Lankan Film Festival opened here on Monday with the screening of Awesuma (Compensation), directed by Bennet Rathnayake, at the South Indian Film Chamber Theatre.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, W.S. Perera, Minister Counsellor, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission, traced the history of collaboration between the Sri Lankan and Tamil film industry. While Tamil and Hindi films had a huge fan following in Sri Lanka, Sinhalese films had not found audiences beyond their country, she said. Such film festivals would enhance the cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka.

Tamil Film Producers Council president Rama Narayanan, chief guest, offered his association's support to the Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation, which was organising the film festival along with the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission, Chennai.

S. Ve. Shekher, actor and MLA, said Malaysian and Sri Lankan cinema showed cultural similarities with India.

Agnidhaya (Fire and Water), directed by Jayantha Chandrasiri, will be screened on Tuesday evening.

A period film set in 1664, it boasts of being the first Sri Lankan film to use digital sound and non-linear editing.

It will be followed by Pawuru Walalu (The Walls Within), directed by Prasanna Vithanage, which tells the tale of a pair of lovers separated during World War II.

Sudu Kaluwara (The Intruders), directed by Sudath Rohano, will be screened on Wednesday evening. It is set in colonised Sri Lanka.

It will be followed by Arumosam Vehi (Fancy Rains). Directed by Priyantha Colombage, it is a story of circus artistes and children of a remote village turning heroes.

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