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Prasanna Vithanage’s ‘Paradise’ wins award in film festival in Spain

Last year Paradise won the prestigious Kim Jiseok Award for Best Film at the Busan International Film Festival. (Photo credit: @prasann_vithanage)

By: Vibhuti Pathak

Filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film Paradise won the Audience Jury Awards at the recently concluded Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival in Spain. The Indo-Sri Lankan production was put up at the 23rd Film Festival which has creations from all five continents.

The film’s plot revolves around a couple who visit Sri Lanka at a time of economic crisis and political upheaval.

The movie competed in the Official Feature Film Section of the 23rd edition, hosted in Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary Islands. Prasanna previously won the 2004 Silver Lady Harimaguada for his film Ira Mediyama or August Sun at the same festival two decades ago.

“Making cinema is something personal for me. Making films gives meaning to my life because I can express feelings. Through the characters I portray in my films I also get to know myself better,” said Prasanna.

“Even when subsidies are bad, you have to do it and shoot films without thinking”. The film was made in 2022 which marked the worst-ever financial crisis Sri Lanka was experiencing, he added.

Last year Paradise won the prestigious Kim Jiseok Award for Best Film at the Busan International Film Festival.

Nominated for four awards at the 17th Asian Film Awards presented by the Asian Film Awards Academy and Broadway Cinematheque, Paradise contended for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

Prasanna Vithanage and Anushka Senanayake won the latter, while A. Sreekar Prasad clinched Best Editor. Produced by Newton Cinema and Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, the film stars Roshan Mathew and Darshana Rajendran from India, alongside Shyam Fernando and Mahendra Perera from Sri Lanka.

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