Saturday, July 25, 2009

Malani Fonseka to Represent "Akasa Kusum" in Brisbane

Malani Fonseka will attend the 18th Brisbane International Film Festival in early August, where "Akasa Kusum" has been nominated for the International Critics FIPRESCI Award. Fonseka will represent the film at its two screenings on Monday 3rd August and Wednesday 5th August at the Regent 1 cinema. The festival takes place from the 30th of July to 8th August. This latest festival appearance for "Akasa Kusum" comes as the film prepares its domestic Sri Lankan release, which has now been pushed back a few weeks to early August.

Meanwhile, the producers of "Akasa Kusum" launched the film's official website on the 20th of July at a media event at the Punchi Theatre in Borella. The music video for the song Akasa Kusum, produced by Ranga Dasanayake and written by Upul Shantha Sannasgala was also unveiled before a gathering of the film's producers, cast members, media and well wishers. Actress Kaushalya Fernando handed the plaque she received on behalf of the film at the Cines del Sur in Granada to director Prasanna Vithanage. Speaking before the audience, she recounted how the late night screening of "Akasa Kusum" had been packed, and how the film had drawn an emotional response from its audience. Vithanage too spoke at the occasion, outlining his plans to take his films into the new ever-expanding world of the internet. The evening ended with dinner hosted by Vithanage and the film's producers.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Akasa Kusum Music Video Released

Nilendra Deshapriya Productions has just released a music video for the song 'Akasa Kusum.'
The song, which can be heard in the film's soundtrack, was written by Upul Shantha Sannasgala with music by top Sri Lankan musican/producer Ranga Dasanayaka.
Performed by young newcomer Saman Nishantha, the song is a slow ballad, with lilting vocals and a lush throbbing soundscape of melodic strings and horns. The video is an artfully compiled montage of shots from the film "Akasa Kusum," edited in perfect harmony with the song's soaring emotional weight.
"Akasa Kusum," which has become a hit in the international film festival circuit, is scheduled to hit Sri Lankan cinemas in late July, 2009.