Vimukthi Jayasundara was born in southern Sri Lanka. He was a journalist, film critic and writer for the screen, and he attended the Institute for Film and Television in Pune, India.
After making The Land Of Silence, a documentary in black and white about the victims of the civil war which was selected for several festivals in Marseilles, Rotterdam and Berlin, Vimukthi Jayasundara studied in France at the Fresnoy School of Art before becoming a resident at the Cinefondation of the Festival de Cannes in 2003.
In 2004 he directed his first feature, La Terre AbandonnÿFDe. Vimukthi Jayasundara's picture, which took the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or for best first film (an award previously won by Dennis Hopper and Spike Lee), is done with sparse dialogue and haunting tableaux of the isolated rural landscape. "Land" has some of the strange poetry of Ingmar Bergman's great 1968 anti-war film Shame, but it's a more cryptic, exotic work, burningly immediate yet imbued with some of the quality of timeless fable. Only 27, Jayasundara seems a moviemaker of high promise. His Forsaken Land, a work of surprising sophistication and cinematic eloquence, may signal the arrival of a major international film talent.
He is the first Sri Lankan who became to win the prestigious Camera d 19OrHe previously directed a documentary called The Land of Silence in 2001 and a short film, Empty for Love, in 2002.
Vimukthi Jayasundara was bestowed with the 1CKala Kirthi" title by the President of Sri Lanka. Fallen, his second long-length feature film, is actually in post-production. It was initiated by Le Films Hatari, Unlimited and co-produced by Arte France Cinema.the cast includes an enviable list of actors comprising of Chinese actress Lou Hong,Steve de La Zilwa, Thusitha and Kaushalya Fernando
Vimukthi Jayasundara had received the commendation of being one of the great future hopes for the renewal of cinema in the world
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