Regal cinema in Colombo is having special 9pm screenings of the film “Machan” on Dec 26th and 27.
If you missed this film when it was release (like me) this is a lucky second chance. I’m no good with reviews – specially in the filmic high on getting back from the theatre. Theena has a review which sums up what I feel about Uberto Pasolini’s entertaining Euro-Sri Lankan production. etickets.lk has a extensive page with a extensive plot summer (with spoilers), trailers, & still. Not that I’m expecting most people reading this are as out of touch with the local movie scene as I am.
In short the film is based on a true story where a much of Sri Lankans go into Europe claiming to be the Sri Lankan National Hand Ball team in 2004. They all disappeared after playing 3 games in a small town in Baveria. They have yet to be located. Found this news item about it on the Sunday leader. The BBC’s news item even has a picture that might be of the real fake Sri Lankan National Hand Ball team.
An interesting part of watching this movie at the Regal was noting the reactions of the “Colombo crowd” at the film’s unvarnished depiction of urban poverty in the city. 😉 The film doesn’t sugar coat the physical, social and psychological pressures of third world urban poverty on the human soul.