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3rd i NY presents Manhattan Premiere
of Sri Lankan indie feature on immigration to Europe


Sri Lankan Presidential Award for Best Film and Best Director in 2005.

"Rarely among them is a film that offers as fresh a cultural perspective as Buongiorno Italia..." --Amy Taubin, Village Voice

Thursday, September 21st, 2006, 6:30pm
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street (at Avenue A)
Subway: F to 2nd Ave; 6 to Bleecker
Tickets: $9 Adults / $6.50 Pioneer Members

Advance Tickets: 6:30pm Show

afterparty at
. the sound of breaking ground .

With Special Guest:
DJ REKHA (basement bhangra)

Featuring Residents:

191 Chrystie btwn. Stanton & Rivington
Doors @ 10:00 :: $5 Cover

About the Film

Dir: Boodee Keerthisena, Sri Lanka/Italy, 2002, 110mins, Sinhala with English ST, 35mm color

A group of young Bob Marley fans and rock musicians from the lower strata of Sri Lankan society dream of becoming famous. Surrounded by poverty and violence, they decide to chase their dream in Naples. However, the journey to Italy is both treacherous and illegal so their search for fame and fortune is soon exacting a heavy price.

Mille Soya is the first Sri lankan film to be shot in Europe and the first Sri Lankan film to be shot with a crew from 8 countries. USA, Germany, Israel, France, Italy, Poland, Sri Lanka, India. It won the Sri Lankan Presidential Award for Best Film and Best Director in 2005.

More information: http://www.millesoya.com/

About the Director

Vishavanath Buddhika (Boodee) Keerthisena is a BFA graduate in Film and Video from the School of Visual Arts, New York, where he went after working with theatre groups in Sri Lanka for two years. After spending eight years in the US, he returned to Sri Lanka and made his first feature film, The Veils of Maya, which received 31 awards in 1997, seven of which were for Boodee as director, production designer and co-composer of the film's score. He has been active as a director of commercials, and a producer and director of documentaries. He is currently working on two projects: How Big was my Country and Children of a Silent Age. http://www.boodeekeerthisena.com/

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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.