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Sri Lanka
1973, 108 min

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation

  2K6 Saturday 21/8 21:00 Drahomíra Cinema
  554 Tuesday 24/8 17:00 Cinema B
  8H5 Friday 27/8 22:30 Husovka Theatre

Based on a short story by renowned Sinhala writer G. B. Senanayake, The Treasure tells the story of an idle, wealthy middle-aged man who stumbles upon a map for a treasure that can only be attained by sacrificing a virgin woman. The crowning achievement of the late Lester James Peries – Sri Lanka’s most influential filmmaker – The Treasure is also the master’s most controversial and darkest picture.


Synopsis

The crowning achievement of the late Lester James Peries – Sri Lanka’s most influential filmmaker – The Treasure is also the master’s most controversial and darkest picture. Based on a short story by renowned Sinhala writer G. B. Senanayake, The Treasure tells the story of an idle, wealthy middle-aged man who stumbles upon a map for a treasure that can only be attained by sacrificing a virgin woman. The measured pace, meticulous set design, and evocative cinematography conjure up an atmospheric tale that doubles as a meditation on crumbling class structures and the destructive legacy of European colonialism.

Joseph Fahim

Restored in 2013 by the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di Bologna/L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. In association with Lester James and Sumitra Peries, the National Film Archive of India and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka, Cinemas Ltd. Additional restoration elements provided by Degeto Films. Restoration funding provided by Doha Film Institute.

About the director

Lester James Peries (1919 – 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka). Selected filmography: The Line of Destiny (1956), The Message (1960), Changes in the Village (1965), Between Two Worlds (1966), The Yellow Robe (1967), The Eyes (1972), Brave Puran Appu (1979), Kaliyugaya (1982), End of an Era (1985), Elegy for a Mother (2006).

Contacts

Cineteca di Bologna
Via dell'Industria 2, 40138, Bologna
Italy
Tel: +39 051 601 8607
Fax: +39 051 601 8628
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Tribute to The Film Foundation
   
Director: Lester James Peries
Screenplay: Tissa Abeysekara podle povídky / based on the short story by G. B. Senanayake
Dir. of Photography: M.S. Anandan
Music: Premasiri Kemadasa
Editor: Lester James Peries, Edvin Leetin, Gladvin Fernando
Producer: R. Anthonypillai
Production: Ceylon Studios
Cast: Gamini Fonseka, Malini Fonseka
Sales: Cineteca di Bologna
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