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BUONGIORNO ITALIA

The story revolves around a group of young musicians who wish to become famous. But their lives on the lowest rungs of Sri Lankan society, with its poverty and violence, offer them virtually no opportunities.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 20:10 IST
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BUONGIORNO ITALIA
Original Title:Mille Soya
Sri Lanka, 2002
Director: Boodee Keerthisena

The story revolves around a group of young musicians who wish to become famous. But their lives on the lowest rungs of Sri Lankan society, with its poverty and violence, offer them virtually no opportunities.

Friends returning from Italy talk of money to be made there. But the journey overseas is illegal and full of hazards. In Italy, we see the appalling conditions of their day-to-day lives and their all too human frailties, strengths, loves and hates.

On returning to Sri Lanka, they seem to be better equipped to survive, either in their own country orin Italy, this time as legal immigrants.

Screenplay:
Boodee Keerthisena

Cinematography:
K A Dharmasena and Moshe Ben-Yaish

Editing:

Ravindra Guruge

Music:

Lakshman Josepj de Saram

Principal cast:
Mahendra Perera, Sangeetha Weerarathna, Jackson Anthony, Linton Semage /35mm / colour / 110 mins

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.

First Published: Jul 20, 2003 20:10 IST