Nov 29, 2016

‘Davena Vihagun’ wins at 17th Tokyo FILMeX Featured

‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds), a film written and directed by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, has won the special jury prize (the second prize) at the 17th Tokyo FILMeX International Film Festival.

It has won a cash prize USD 5000.

The Grand Prize (1st prize) was won by Chinese film Life After Life with the Cash Prize USD10, 000.

Korean film The World of Us received Jury Mention and Audience award.

The awards ceremony was held on 26 November at Ashai hall in Tokyo.

DewenawihagunAwarding the prize to ‘Davena Vihagun’, the jury mentioned “The film is a loud cry of pain from a cruel war of 1980s. It shares the perspective of one woman, a wife who loses her husband and a mother whose struggle to hold her family together ultimately costs her the respect of her children. An under – reported story from yesterday is made urgently relevant in the modern world.”

The film’s world premier took place at the 21st Busan International Film Festival in South Korea last October, where the film was nominated for the Best Film.

Burning Birds is Sanjeewa’s second film followed by controversial Flying Fish ( Igillena Maluwo).

The film is a co-production between Sri Lanka, France, The Netherlands and Doha Qatar.

It was produced by Antonin Dedet and Dominique Welinski (France) on behalf of Neon Production and Sanjeewa Pushpakumara on behalf of Sapushpa Expressions ( Sri Lanka).

The cast includes Mahendra Perera, Samanalee Fonseka, Anoma Janadari, Chandani Senavirathne, Leonie Kotalawala, Pubudu Chathuranga, Priyanka Samaraweera, Dasun Pathirana, Tissa Bandaranayaka, Shyam Fernando, Dharshan Dharmaraj , Sanjeewa Dissanayake and Dharmapriya Dias are appeared in Burning Birds.