The Treasure (Nidhanaya)

  • Dir: Lester James Peries

  • Sri Lanka, 1972, Sinhalese, 110min, DCP, English subtitles

  • Cast: Coranelis Appuhamy, Kumarasinghe Appuhamy, Saman Bokalawala

“It was in New Delhi, a black-and-white film with no subtitles. What stayed with me to this day was the boundless sense of loneliness that stretched the full length of the screen, and beyond. I had no idea which film it was, but thinking back I believe it was The Treasure . Many years later I had the good fortune to watch a few more works of Lester James Peries at Fukuoka International Film Festival, and the even greater fortune to meet him in person. It moved me deeply.” – 19th HKIFF, A Tribute to Lester James & Sumitra Peries

27.1.2019 (SUN): Film talk with Thomas Shin

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.



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