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Vitānagē, Prasanna

Overview
Works: 18 works in 39 publications in 4 languages and 791 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  History  Romance films  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Director, Author
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Prasanna Vitānagē
Death on a full moon day( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in Sinhalese and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told against the backdrop of civil war, endemic poverty, and the struggles of everyday life in rural Sri Lanka, Death on a Full Moon Day revolves around the central protagonist, Wannihami, a blind man with a fierce sense of independence. When his son Bandara is killed by a land mine while fighting against Tamil rebels, Wannihami refuses to believe he is dead. Despite being overwhelmed by grief, Bandara's sister and her fiancee try to convince Wannihami to accept his son's death and the compensation payment the government is offering them. Impoverished as they are as a result of the civil war, the money could be used to complete construction of the family house and provide a better life for the family in a time of economic strife. However, even the poor conditions in which Wannihami and his family live cannot convince him to accept the money
August sun by Prasanna Vitānagē( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in Sinhalese and English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This filmic offering by acclaimed director Prasanna Vithanage (Walls Within and Death on a Full Moon Day) is a poignant narrative of human displacement against the backdrop of the bitter, real-life conflict between the Sinhalese and Tamil people of Sri Lanka. The film traces the experience of three individuals, each of whom is affected by the war in different ways. Chamari enlists the aid of a London-based journalist to help locate her husband, a pilot who was captured by the Tamil Tigers; a young Muslim boy Arfath tries to keep his dog, even as his family joins thousands of other Muslims in a mass exodus to escape the conflict; and Dumida, a lonely young soldier, discovers that his sister has been working as a prostitute in a brothel that serves both Sinhalese and Tamil soldiers. All of these events, presented from a Sinhalese perspective, take place under the searing heat of a hot August sun and the weight of lengthy civil war. Awards/Festivals: Grand Jury Prize and nominated Lino Brocka Award Cinemanila International Film Festival 2003; Grand Prix des Ameriques Montreal World Film Festival 2003; FIPRESCI/NETPAC Award Singapore International Film Festival 2004; Amiens International Film Festival 2003; International Film Festival Rotterdam 2004; Deauville Asian Film Festival 2004
Flowers of the sky( Visual )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in Sinhalese and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flowers of the sky represents the effects of economic and cultural globalization on Sri Lankan society, dealing with such issues as HIV, homosexuality and the status of women. The center of the film is Rani, an actress who has been forgotten by the society that once idolized her. She rents out rooms to couples who want a discreet love nest. When one of these trysts is discovered, she is forced to confront her own scandalous past. Rani is played by Sri Lanka's most famous actress, Malini Fonseka, who is also the director's sister-in-law. The portrait of a film star who also acts in TV dramas is somewhat autobiographical. The movie was a critical and popular triumph in Sri Lanka and on the festival circuit, winning honors for Fonseka's performance (Silver Peacock Award, India International Film Festival, Goa) Vithanage's direction (special Jury Award, 15th Festival International des d'Asie in Vesoul in France), and best film (NETPAC award for Best Asian Film at the third Cines del Sur Festival in Granada, Spain)
Dark night of the soul( Visual )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in Sinhalese and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suwisal is a successful, middle-aged company director, but he has a melancholic personality and is very forgetful. His beautiful young fiance finds herself having to remind him of daily appointments, special occasions and routine things. Suwisal is a reluctant husband-to-be. He has casual relationships with other women and appears to be troubled by something deep in his psyche- something he tries to forget in order to maintain emotional stability. This stability is suddenly upset when he is called to serve on a jury at a murder trial. The defendant is a young sex worker accused of murdering a client. Suwisal recognizes her as Piyum, the young servant from his aunt's house, whom he knew twenty-five years ago. He had a sexual encounter with her and she became pregnant. But refused to see her again and help her through her difficulties. Suwisal is not sure if Piyum recognizes him. She says nothing. He is advised to remain in the jury and he votes with the majority to find her guilty as charged. She is sentenced to ten years imprisonment. But we see that it is Suwisal who has been sentenced to a lifetime of guilt, remorse and despair. He now feels he should share some responsibility for the life Piyum was forced to lead. He tries to lodge an appeal on her behalf but he is advised of consequences if his past becomes public knowledge. Suwisal persists, he visits Piyum in prison and offers her help
Walls within : Pavuru vaḷalu( Visual )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in Sinhalese and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage sets this tragic story of the fifties in the walled city of Galle Fort, where Violet, a middle-aged woman, has raised two daughters alone. One is married and one engaged, and she seeks to get them settled as the reappearance of Victor, her lost first love, makes her wonder if she might also be happy. It seems as if everything in her society is against her. As the filmmaker says, she "becomes oppressed by established social forces when she begins to live according to her heart's desires". Religious and psychological pressures make Violet's life impossible
Ice on fire( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in Sinhalese and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harris Makalanda has all but won his town's mayoral election. A prominent lawyer deeply devoted to his family, Harris's brilliance and popularity combined have secured a charismatic, well-to-do image. But when his mentally ill son disappears, Harris' world and his shining image quickly unravels. A threadbare reporter discovers that Harris has secretly tucked away a beautiful mistress in a private lodge, and his delighted editor quickly sensationalizes the story into a public scandal. An ex-nun, the mistress cleans and decorates the lodge into a family home as she desperately waits for Harris, and dreams of running away. But Harris has only one care on his mind: who has kidnapped his son? And what has happened to him? This black-and-white film masterfully creates illusions and peels them away to find the true story. With numerous references to religion, politics and media, this brilliantly crafted film asks: what is the truth, and what just seems to be? This is the debut feature by award-winning Sri Lankan director, Prasanna Vithanage
Ira mădiyama = August sun( Visual )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in Sinhalese and English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the Sri Lankan civil war as its background the film looks at three separate lives, a Muslim family fleeing from the Tamil Tigers focusing mainly on a young boy and his dog; a Sinhalese woman whose fighter pilot husband crashed in the north of the island and was captured by the Tigers, and a young man who on a trip with friends to a brothel discovers that his sister is working there
Machan : la vera storia di una falsa squadra( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of desperate slum dwellers, living on the margins of society under impossible pressures, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria to be the answer to their prayers, a one-way ticket to the West and the wealth that will solve all their problems
Sinamāva, jīvitaya saha sinamā jīvitaya by Sēpāl Amarasiṃha( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Sinhalese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review of Ākāsa kusum, a Sinhalese motion picture directed by Prasanna Withanage; includes an interview with the director on his life and works. Publication emanating from Free Lanka Media Net, a non-profit media movement
Machan( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in Sinhalese and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of desperate slum dwellers, living on the margins of society under impossible pressures, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria to be the answer to their prayers, a one-way ticket to the West and the wealth that will solve all their problems
Ira mădiyama by Prasanna Vitānagē( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Sinhalese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Screenplay of a Sinhalese film
Pavuru vaḷalu( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Sinhalese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Takes place in the 1950's. Revolves around a man and a woman, Victor (a navy man) and Violet, who had been lovers and then separated from each other due to the outbreak of the Second World War. They meet each other again after nearly 20 years. Though Victor is still unmarried, Violet is married and he tells her that he came to know of her marriage from a Sri Lankan he had met in Cairo. Violet is the mother of two grown daughters. The elder daughter is already married and the other still living with the mother awaiting marriage. Violet, who had been deserted by her husband a few years after marriage, had brought up her children with money earned by sewing clothes for families in the neighbourhood. Violet, with the consent of her younger daughter, invites Victor, who is suffering from severe pains in his knees, to stay with them at their house to receive the necessary strenuous nursing that accompanies local medical treatment. Victor is introduced to the daughters and relations as a distant relative of the family. Only Maggie, the household help who had been with the family for a long time, knows of the relationship that had previously existed between Victor and Violet. Violet, with the help of her younger daughter and Maggie, manages to nurse Victor back to the robust health usually found in sailors. The troubles begin brewing when the younger daughter senses the real nature of the relationship between her mother and the stranger, and resents it... then Violet's husband returns to threaten Violet over the relationship she is having with Victor... Violet becomes pregnant... Victor and Violet unwillingly decide that Violet should have an abortion... Violet is unhappy or worse about this... Violet has a nervous breakdown... she imagines people stoning her... Victor takes Violet away from the house for psychiatric treatment.... cataloger's summary of wsws.org
Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka = With You, Without You( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in Sinhalese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Takes place in post war Sri Lanka. Two main characters collide quite accidentally, and through them we experience the deep and seemingly unbridgeable chasm that conflict almost always creates. Will love help them cross the bridge? Or will the past continue to color the present? A man and a woman each from different sides in the thirty-year-old bloody civil war in Sri Lanka discover that the color of love is blue, and life is shades of Grey" -- summary of the container
Ākāyap pūkkaḷ by Prasanna Vitānagē( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Tamil and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Ākāsa kusum by Prasanna Vitānagē( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Sinhalese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Screenplay of a Sinhalese film
August sun( )

1 edition published in 2003 in Sinhalese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This filmic offering by acclaimed director Prasanna Vithanage (Walls Within and Death on a Full Moon Day) is a poignant narrative of human displacement against the backdrop of the bitter, real-life conflict between the Sinhalese and Tamil people of Sri Lanka. The film traces the experience of three individuals, each of whom is affected by the war in different ways. Chamari enlists the aid of a London-based journalist to help locate her husband, a pilot who was captured by the Tamil Tigers; a young Muslim boy, Arfath, tries to keep his dog, even as his family joins thousands of other Muslims in a mass exodus to escape the conflict; and Dumida, a lonely young soldier, discovers that his sister has been working as a prostitute in a brothel that serves both Sinhalese and Tamil soldiers. All of these events, presented from a Sinhalese perspective, take place under the searing heat of a hot August sun and the weight of lengthy civil war. Awards/Festivals: Grand Jury Prize and nominated Lino Brocka Award Cinemanila International Film Festival 2003; Grand Prix des Amriques Montreal World Film Festival 2003; FIPRESCI/NETPAC Award Singapore International Film Festival 2004; Amiens International Film Festival 2003; International Film Festival Rotterdam 2004; Deauville Asian Film Festival 2004
Silence in the courts( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in Sinhalese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Two women from rural Sri Lanka, were raped by a Judge nearly two decades ago, try in vain to seak justice. As their plea is turned down and subverted by the country's highest authorities, noted journalist Victor Ivan begins to write in depth stories highlighting their plight, the state of justice system and its lack of commitment to the downtrodden - to no avail. This film traces stories of these hapless women and the journalist twenty years on, and attempts to understand this shocking miscarriage of justice and how the powerful can sometimes be above the law."--Container
Death on a full moon day( )

1 edition published in 1998 in Sinhalese and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Told against the backdrop of civil war, endemic poverty, and the struggles of everyday life in rural Sri Lanka, Death on a Full Moon Day revolves around the central protagonist, Wannihami, a blind man with a fierce sense of independence. When his son Bandara is killed by a land mine while fighting against Tamil rebels, Wannihami refuses to believe he is dead. Despite being overwhelmed by grief, Bandara's sister and her fiancee try to convince Wannihami to accept his son's death and the compensation payment the government is offering them. Impoverished as they are as a result of the civil war, the money could be used to complete construction of the family house and provide a better life for the family in a time of economic strife. However, even the poor conditions in which Wannihami and his family live cannot convince him to accept the money. Awards/Festivals: Golden Unicorn Best Feature Film Amiens International Film Festival 1999; FIPRESCI Prize Fribourg International Film Festival 1999; Silver Screen Award Best Asian Actor and Nominated Silver Screen Award Best Asian Film Singapore International Film Festival 1999; Thessaloniki International Film Festival 1998; Palm Springs International Film Festival 1999
 
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Alternative Names
Prasanna Vitānagē

Prasanna Vithanage

Prasanna Vithanage filmregisseur uit Sri Lanka

Prasanna Vithanage réalisateur sri-lankais

Prasanna Vithanage Sri Lankan film director

Vithanage, Prasanna

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