premiere at Singapore International Film Festival, 2002 and
Sri Lanka's entry to the 4th Cinefan Festival, New Delhi,
Italy is their dreamland. They speak of the
excitement of the travel, of illegal passage and of the
golden opportunities that await them in the land of milk and
honey. Two marginal underworld characters, they move centre
stage in this dynamic unfolding of political violence and
social tragedy, as they become actors and agents seeking
adventure, romance, excitement and power in a society that is
quickly roller coasting towards disaster and tragedy. It is a
cops and robbers story, but with one crucial difference.
There are no victors or victims here.
The film is
evocative of the political violence that has engulfed Sri
Lankan societies from the mid '80 onwards. The deceptively
simple narrative dynamically describes the contours of the
land steeped in violence, its national boundaries and inter-
national aspirations. It forges a cinematic idiom that
interests with the multicultural, the idyllic, the popular,
the urban, and the global cultural economy. The popular and
the avant-garde are mixed together, resulting in a thriller,
comedy and tragedy at one and the same time.