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The Forsaken Land, Vimukthi Jayasundara’s gorgeous and quietly affecting Sri Lankan film about a country suspended between war and peace, will open at SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on Friday, August 8.

An armored tank slinks through a field of grass, two soldiers share a cigarette in an earthen dugout, a lovely young woman washes her body under a slant of sunlight—these are only three of the indelible images coruscating through Vimukthi Jayasundara's visually stunning debut, winner of Cannes’ Camera d’Or prize in 2005. Three unhappy souls living in an isolated but beautiful Sri Lankan locale each have their way of coping with the unending civil war taking place mere kilometers from their doorstep. The ostensible head of the household is Anura (Mahendra Perera), a mournful guard at a nearby military installation who is often teased by his coworkers. His wife Lata (Nilupili Jayawardena), frustrated and bored, takes a lover, while his unmarried sister Soma (Kaushalya Fernando) longs for a change of scenery. Jayasundara unravels their tragic, fateful scenario through elliptical scenes and moments of earthy frankness complemented by a purposeful aural and visual palette. An old man's story told to a young girl speaks to Soma's predicament while Lata's adulterous encounters are fraught with the watchful eyes and ears of nature. A haunting film that rewards viewing on the big screen, The Forsaken Land offers a potent examination of life during wartime. Written by Jayasundara. Photographed by Channa Deshapriya. With Kaushalya Fernando, Nilupili Jayawardena, Hemasiri Liyanage. In Sinhalese with English subtitles. (108 min.) Distributed by New Yorker Films.

At the Sundance Kabuki all seats are reserved and an amenities fee is in effect for most shows. Tickets will be available through the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas box office, at kiosks in the lobby and online at www.sundancecinemas.com with print-at-home capability. San Francisco Film Society members will receive discounted admission to SFFS Screen programs at the box office only (not online or at the lobby kiosks).

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Added by cinesoul on July 21, 2008