August 2009 Screenings


3rd i copresents at the Pacific Film Archive:

Gamperaliya, James Lester Peries
(Sri Lanka, 1964)

GamperaliyaWhen: August 9, 2009, 6:45pm
Where: Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $9.50 (see PFA website for more ticket details)

(A.k.a. Changing Village). Lester James Peries’s Gamperaliya is regarded as a cornerstone of Sri Lankan cinema, launching upon its release in 1964 “a revolution, not only in the way films were made, but also in the content,” according to producer Anton Wickramasinghe. Peries sought an alternative to the Bollywood-influenced melodramas that dominated Sri Lanka’s commercial cinema, writing stories that looked at the staple issues of melodrama in a more nuanced way. Read more>>

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