Dark Night of the Soul

Anantha Rathriya
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English (subtitled), 77 min, 1996, Sri Lanka

'Anantha Rathriya' is an examination of the tortuous nature of a man's scruples. A young man seduces and impregnates his aunt's servant maid and refuses to help her. Twenty-five years later he has to sit on a jury when the woman, now a prostitute, is brought before the court on a murder charge. As the case is being judged, the man is wracked with guilt, remorse, despair and a burning desire to rectify his mistake of years ago. To make amends, he tries to lodge an appeal on her behalf but is warned of consequences if his past becomes public knowledge.
 
Does Piyum recognize him at the trial? Does she accept his help? Is Suwisal released from his lifetime of torment?
 

 
Producer:
Damayanthi Fonseka
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
M. D. Mahindapala
Editing:
Lal Piyasena
Music:
Harsha Makalanda
Actors:
Ashoka Pieris, Ravindra Randeniya, Swarna Mallawarachchi, Yashoda Wimaladhrma
 
Awards and Screenings:

Honourable Mention at the first Pusan International Film Festival
8 Sri Lanka film critics forum (affiliated to FIPRESCI) awards including Best Director
2 SIGNIS film Awards
2 Sarasavi film Awards

Screenings:
Melbourne, Fukuoka, Pusan, Canberra, Nantes Hawaii, India (IFFI) Fribourg, Singapore, Penang, Manila, Shanghai, Trivandrum, Delhi (Cinemaya), Calcutta.