Dark Night of the Soul
'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?
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
Melbourne, Fukuoka, Pusan, Canberra, Nantes Hawaii, India (IFFI) Fribourg, Singapore, Penang, Manila, Shanghai, Trivandrum, Delhi (Cinemaya), Calcutta.