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Forsaken Land, The


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Following 20-plus years of civil war, a cease-fire treaty has been reached between the Sinhala government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In its attempt to ensure that the cease-fire isn't breached, the Sri Lankan army's presence is felt everyday, conveying the strange sense of a country suspended in a state of being simultaneously without war and without peace.

In a far corner of this war-torn no-man's-land, serviceman Anura (Mahendra Perera) shares a small home with his wife Latá (Nilupili Jayawardena) and his unmarried sister, Somá (Kaushalya Fernando). Anura works by day as a guardsman, sharing his post and rifle with Piyasiri (Hemasiri Liyanage), an older man who takes the night shift. On one fateful day, when the army delivers early morning, life-altering orders to Anura, Latá's frustration will mount, and Somá will retrace the tragic consequences of Piyasiri's painful past, as told to her in the guise of a little girl's fairy tale.

Poetic and haunting, this remarkable debut from director Vimukthi Jayasundara asserts a powerful new voice in filmmaking and stands as a breakthrough for Sri-Lankan cinema.

Special Features:
- Theatrical Trailer
- Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
- Enhanced for 16x9 Tvs
- Optional English subtitles
- Scene Selections
- Booklet: Interview with the director


EXTRAORDINARY! LYRICAL AND AFFECTING... images that sear themselves into your memory. --Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

A REVELATION! Unmistakably the work of someone in complete control of his material. --Gavin Smith, FILM COMMENT


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Product details

  • Actors:  Nilupili Jayawardena Kaushalaya Fernando
  • Directors: Vimukthi Jayasundara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001A8HTY6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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