SANSARE DADAYAKKARA, Dir. Prasanna Jayakody | Sri Lanka | 2015 |75’
Leopard Do Not Bite (Sinhalese: Dadayakkaraya) is a Sri Lankan drama directed by Prasanna Jayakody, starring Sanjeewa Upendra, Hemasiri Liyanage, and Christina Britto. It depicts a conflict between a monk and a hunter, giving a ground to a philosophical exploration of death’s place in life. The story was inspired by Simon Navagattegama’s novel Dadayakkaraya’s story. It was screened at 20th Busan International Film Festival 2015.
Dadayakkaraya depicts a clash between a philosophy of the one who lives in a jungle and hunts wild animals as fodder for the people and that of the one who lives in a temple and hunts people as fodder for a religion.
Saturday, 7 Jan 2017 19.00h
At : Cines Girona : C/Girona, 175, 08025, Barcelona
Prasanna Jayakody is a Sri Lankan film director. His debut film Sankara (Introspection), won The Special Jury Prize The Silver Pyramid at the Cairo International Film Festival 2006 and the Best Debut Director Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2006.
Prasanna Jayakody was born in 1968 to an artistic family which was strongly rooted in traditional Sinhala values and grew up in a Buddhist environment. He debuted at the age of 21, with Seveneli saha Minissu (Shadows and Men) a stage drama thematically woven around a thoughtful discussion on the reality of life and was a major critical success. He was immediately catapulted into the limelight, projected as the most promising among new entrants. His Teledramas which have won unprecedented number of National Television Awards are a result of work which is loved by the masses of Sri Lanka and honored by the intelligentsia. Visual allure has been his aesthetic trademark. But his great ability to articulate the Sinhala Buddhist ethos is the hallmark of his remarkable career. In this he remains unparalleled among his contemporaries. His maiden cinematic creation Sankara (Introspection) is a deep analytical study of mans inner soul. Just as all his other artistic works, Sankara too is inspired by and deeply entrenched in Buddhist philosophy.