| "Mahinda Rajapaksha Tele Cinema Village"|
Sarasaviya News Paper
| "Akasa Kusum Music Video Released"|
Deshapriya Productions has just released a music video for
the song 'Akasa Kusum.'
The song, which can be
heard in the film's soundtrack, was written by Upul Shantha
Sannasgala with music by top Sri Lankan musican/producer
Performed by young newcomer Saman
Nishantha, the song is a slow ballad, with lilting vocals and
a lush throbbing soundscape of melodic strings and horns. The
video is an artfully compiled montage of shots from the film
"Akasa Kusum," edited in perfect harmony with the
song's soaring emotional weight.
Kusum," which has become a hit in the international film
festival circuit, is scheduled to hit Sri Lankan cinemas in
late July, 2009.
| "Granada award for "Akasa Kusum""|
Internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan film director
Prasanna Vithanage has been awarded with another
international award in Granada.
His latest film
Flowers of the Sky (Akasa Kusum) shared the best Asian film
award (NETPAC) with Iranian film Before the Bunal at the
third Granada international film festival in Southern Spain
Akasa Kusum's main actress, Malini
Fonseka, was awarded the Silver Peacock at the 39
International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in December, last
Vithange's previous films, Pawuru Walalu,
Purahanda Kaluvara and Ira Madiyama won many international
His co-production Machan, directed by Full
Monty producer Uberto Pasolini premiered at the 65th Venice
Film Festival in 2008.
The Jury of the festival
said Akasa Kusum was recognised "For its strong
portrayal of female characters whose lives, regrets and new
beginnings are depicted in a
| "Chandrasiri brings the tale of ?Dutugemunu? to
The launching ceremony of award winning director
Jayantha Chandrasiri’s latest cinema venture
‘Dutugemunui’, life story of King Dutugemunu, the
greatest of Sri Lankan kings took place in Anuradhapura.
The Muhurath for the film with religious
ceremonies was held in front of Ruwanwelisa Dagoba in
Anuradhapura, one of the greatest creations of King
Dutugemunu. During the ceremony through satellite
communication, President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated the
director Jayantha Chandrasiri, his cast and other artistes
who were involved in the film.
At a time when
people talk much about the unification of the country with
the victory in the war, Jayantha is making the film a
biography of the king Dutugamuni who is hailed for
unification of the country in the second century BC.
The biopic combines the legends and extensive research
involving the Mahavamsa, Deepavansa, Thupavansa
Susitha R. Fernando
| "?Akasa Kusum? picks American Distributor"|
Prasanna Vithanage’s latest film “Akasa
Kusum” (Flowers of the Sky) was recently picked up by
American distributor for the sales rights.
Wonderphil Productions, an independent US-based film
distribution company signed an agreement with Sarasavi Cineru
for the world sales distribution rights for the film.
This is the first time a Sri Lankan film has
been picked by an American company for distribution. Under
the contract, Wonderphil Productions will hold the rights to
distribute “Akasa Kusum” in cinemas, DVD,
television and other formats across the globe except in India
and Sri Lanka. The California-based company signed the
agreement with Sarasavi Cineru on April 14.
film, which won Malini Fonseka the coveted Silver Peacock
Award at the 39 Indian International Film Festival in Goa,
will be released in Sri Lankan theatres in July 2009.
| "Malani And ?Akasa Kusum? Tours The World"|
(Colombo Lankapuvath August 31) Screen Queen Malani Fonseka
began her world tour with Prasanna Vithanage’s latest
film ‘Akasa Kusum’ (Flowers of the Sky) aimed at
Her first tour was to Australia
where Akasa Kusum will be screened in Melbourne from August
30. The movie will be screened in other countries like Italy,
Greece, England, Cyprus and Canada within the next few
Malani won the most prestigious Silver
Peacock Award at the 39th Kerala International Film Festival
recently for her lead role as Sandhya Rani in Akasa
‘Akasa Kusum’ (Blossoms of the
Sky) was adjudged the Best Asian Movie at the recent Cines
del Sur Festival in Grenada, Spain together with
‘Before the Burial’ by Iranian director Behnam
Behzadi. It also won a special Jury Mention at the
Vesoul Film Festival in France recently. ‘Akasa