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Jagath Manuwarna wins best director award at DIFF

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Sri Lankan film director Jagath Manuwarna has clinched the prestigious ‘Best Director’ award in the Asian Competition Section at the 22nd Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF). 

Manuwarna won the title for his feature film directorial debut, ‘Whispering Mountains’ (Rahas Kiyana Kandu), which premiered at the Bright Future programme of the 2023 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it won the NETPAC Awards for the best Asian feature film. 

The 87-minute film was also invited at the 28th Busan International Film Festival in October 2023.

The DIFF was held from 20 – 28 January, under the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience, and Better Society’, with a total of 253 movies being displayed at the festival.

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Dr. Shelton Premarathne passes away

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Legendary Sri Lankan music composer Dr. Shelton Premarathne has passed away today (May 30) at the age of 94.

He had been living with his son in Sydney, Australia, at the time of his demise.

Dr Premaratne has contributed to Sinhala cinema, theatre and classical Sri Lankan music. 

He was the music composer and director in over 30 stage productions, including Henry Jayasena’s popular theatre production Hunuwataye Kathawa (The Caucasian Chalk Circle), and 21 Sinhala films including films such as Daskon, Romeo Juliet Kathawak and Hithaka Pipunu Mal.

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Victory for Sheysha at World Film Festival in Cannes

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Sri Lankan film – ‘Sheysha’ has emerged winner as the ‘Best Dance Film’ at the World Film Festival in Cannes.

The film directed by Isuru Gunathilaka, portrays a cast led by dance professional Chandana Wickramasingha and actress Umali Thilakarathna.

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Veteran singer and musician Ananda Perera passes away

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Renowned singer and musician Ananda Perera has passed away at the age of 67.

Family sources confirmed that he died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Kandy.

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