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Big screen debut for Sri Lankan director
The aesthetics of Buddhist philosophy are explored in a new film from Sri Lanka – Sankara. The director Prasanna Jayakody comes from television and this is his first big screen effort.

Immersed in the tension between spiritual perfection and earthly desires, this descriptive parable of a young monk's inner battle is meticulously thought out. Perhaps best appreciated by Buddhists, the film won the Silver Pyramid in Cairo and should do well at the Bangkok International Film Festival in July.

Talking about his new film Prasanna says “"What I have tried to depict here is the unending sorrow that follows man due to this attachment. And the film is an in-depth study of the human mind that tends to change every moment.”

For Prasanna, making a film is a dream of ten years coming true. "I first wrote the script hoping to direct a film ten years ago when I was just 27. But now I am 37. The original script I wrote then was not relevant. I had to rewrite it changing it completely," Prasanna added.

Speaking of his experience and transition from the mini screen to the wide screen, Prasanna Jayakody says it was just like the width, breadth and depth that exist between two screens – in other words very different. Presentation is quite different from almost all the aspects such as filming, script, sound editing and music.  The music in the film plays an extremely important part and this aspect of the film was handled by young musician Nadeeka Guruge.

The Bangkok International Film Festival begins 19th July and runs for a full 10 days to the 29th July. The venue is the brand new swish cinema SF Cinema at Central World.
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