First Lady to be Patron of first international film festival in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s First Lady, Mrs. Shiranthi Rajapakse is to be patron of the Galle Film Festival. Her addition has confirmed the festival’s future standing as one of Sri Lanka’s most reputable cultural events. Launch events of the festival will take place in Galle over four days, the 25th and 26th of October and the 1st and 2nd of November. The Galle Film Festival itself will be held in early 2009.
Other patrons of the festival are Her Excellency the Governor of the Southern Province, Mrs Balasuriya, leading film makers Lester James Peries and Sumitra Peries and actor and special film advisor to the President, Ravindra Randeniya.
“We are honoured to have these patrons,” says festival director and film director Boodee Keerthisena, “We hope that the Galle Film Festival will stimulate interest in Sri Lankan made films, that it will attract film makers from overseas to show their films and even to make films in this very photogenic country. We hope it will inspire a new generation of film lovers.”
Co-founder of the festival, Damita Nikapota says, “To encourage the local film industry we will be announcing the inauguration of the Golden Elephant Award; an annual award for promising young Sri Lankan film directors.”
Legendary Writer/Director Paul Schrader’s latest film, Adam Resurrected, to open Galle Film Festival’s launch event with a Gala fundraiser on the 25th October
The Galle Film Festival committee has confirmed that the asian premiere of Paul Schrader’s new film Adam Resurrected will take place on the first night of the four day launch event. This will take place on the 25th October 7.30pm in Galle. Paul Schrader the director will be presenting his film.
Schrader is renowned in Hollywood as a brilliant scriptwriter, whose most famous piece is Scorcese’s Taxi Driver which helped make Robert De Niro a star.
With the success of Taxi Driver, Schrader became a director and has since had a number of successes including American Gigolo, which launched Richard Gere’s career and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, for which he was nominated for the Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Adam Resurrected is set to receive high acclaim around the world.
Schrader’s reputation is often coupled with the story of his upbringing in a harsh Calvanist household.
###Bollywood comes to Galle for the first time Sri Lanka hosts an Asian Premiere
Fresh from the World Premiere of “Rang Rasiya” (Colours of Passion) in London, director Ketan Mehta has selected Galle as the location of his Asian premiere. He will be flying to Sri Lanka accompanied by his cast; Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen and Ferena Wazeir, “I am very excited to be coming to Galle,” says Nandana Sen in a telephone interview from Bombay.
The Asian premiere will be preceded by cocktails at the Amangalla Hotel and followed by a gala dinner at The Lighthouse Hotel. The grande finale will be a “Rang Rasiya” (Colours of Passion) themed Bollywood party worthy of an oscar celebration at the boutique hotel, Tamarind Hill.
“We are delighted that Ketan Mehta has selected Galle for his Asian premiere,” says Festival Director Boodee Keethisena, “We hope that this launch event and next years film festival will ignite a huge interest in the film industry. We want to encourage all Sri Lankan directors to raise the profile of Sri Lankan cinema and we hope that this event will also encourage directors from overseas to exploit the huge talent available in Sri Lanka for film production.”The Galle Film Festival launch event runs for two weekends, the 25th and 26th Oct and the 1st and 2nd November. It will include gala events and a free programme of Sri Lankan films.
Universal Forum and the United Nations
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Can the power of film change the world?
The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) film, Food For Thought is part of our Universal Forum focussing on the ways we can raise issues, change agendas and effect real change in the world.
Food For Thought, about hunger, is part of our drive to show films that will open the eyes and hearts of anybody interested to world issues and the personal stories that accompany them.
Each year, a specific topic will be highlighted, and many of the films chosen for this programme will reflect that topic.
After the screening the film of Food For Thought we will have a panel discussion about the issues raised by the film and possible solutions.
This is an important component of the Universal Forum and at this fundraiser we will be giving a taste of what to expect from this programme at the main festival.
###Further details on the Galle Film Festival can be found on website www.gallefilmfestival.com, or by emailing festival director Boodee, firstname.lastname@example.org or co-ordinator Laura at email@example.com