Italian Filmmakers promote Italian Sri Lankan Film Festival in Colombo
By Srimal Fernando
Arun Thapar the Managing Director of Colombo Courtyard, His Excellency Fabrizio Pio Arpea, the Italian Ambassador, and Movie Directors Stephano Martina, Paola Randi and Boodee Keerthisena
The Italian Embassy in Colombo brought some impressive films and professional short-film makers to promote Italian culture and strengthen the cultural cooperation between the two countries. The three day Italian Sri Lankan Film Festival was screened at the Multiplex Cine City from 19th October 2012 preceded by an award ceremony. On the occasion of the screening the experienced Italian short film making directors, Paola Randi and Stefano Martina conducted a workshop for young Sri Lankan short-film makers. Boodee Keerthisena the well known Sri Lankan movie director also joined the workshop to provide qualified advisory to the participants.
Speaking at the launching ceremony at Colombo Courtyard Paola Randi, said “I wanted a community that could lead me to make short films of my interest. I was inspired by seeing Sri Lankan youngsters in Naples playing cricket. They were wonderful kids and the community was truly respectful”. Randi also remarked that “We have a lot of things in common that makes me proud about your countries heritage and culture. I made a short film about migrants to the Sri Lankan community living in Italy and in Sri Lanka. It has been a truly wonderful exceptional experience working with the community in producing this film”.
Together with the short film makers the Italian Ambassador Fabrizio Pio Arpea, and Managing Director of Colombo Courtyard Arun Thapar was also present on the occasion. This first Film festival between the countries was held with a motive to increase the importance of issues and subjects relating to migration. This year’s Film festival commenced with a screening of an Italian classic movie by Michelangelo Antonioni. It was a tribute to the great legend whose birth centenary falls this year. It was well received by the audience and their interest was evident by the viewers who were present for the screening.
Into paradiso and Mille Soya was the major two movies screened at the festival. The award winning South Asian Premiere, Into paradiso, directed Paola Randi, with powerful cinematic performances the Sri Lankan actor Anthony Saman was an exceptional movie at the festival. The other movie Mille Soya, directed by Boodee Keerthisena, was also very popular amongst the viewers.
At the final day of the festival out of 60 innovative movies a couple of movies and filmmakers received awards for their artistic spirit. The three day Italian Sri Lankan Film Festival took the visitors on a unique journey and opened up a new chapter in the cinematic field between the two countries.