Monday 19 March 2018

CINEMA REBORN - The near to final piece of the program jigsaw - From Sri Lanka Lester James Peries THE TREASURE (1972)

Nidhanaya/The Treasure
The fourth feature film title being supplied to Cinema Reborn by the Cineteca di Bologna's L'Immagine  Ritrovato comes from Sri Lanka and is one of the greatest films by that country's  greatest film-maker, Lester James Peries.
Peries (born 1919) has worked on short films and documentaries as well as features, with subjects as eclectic as malaria, motorists, family life and (in the case of Nidhanaya) a murder suicide. He made the first Sri Lankan film to get an Oscar nomination. 
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 1972 Venice film festival, The Treasure is his most acclaimed work, frequently topping best Sri Lankan films of all time polls.
A note on the film by Mark Pierce has been posted on the Cinema Reborn website here.
Subscription tickets have now gone on sale for the forthcoming Festival.

It will take place at the AFTRS Theatre in the Entertainment Quarter (ex-Fox Studios) in Moore Park, Sydney from 3-7 May.

All up there will be 16 programs, a combination of brilliant new digital restorations of films by master film-makers and some archival prints of titles that have yet to be restored.

Full details of the program and some notes on each of the films are now posted on the Cinema Reborn website which you can find if you click on this link Have a trawl around the site.

A subscription to the entire 16 film program costs $85. A separate ticket is available to attend Opening Night though the film being screened is repeated as part of the Subscription program.

Please remember that AFTRS Theatre holds only 135 people and it is not possible to repeat screenings.

If you would like to make a donation to Cinema Reborn to assist the work of the entirely volunteer workforce that has put the event together there is provision for that when you click on the Tickets button. Donations of $50 or more entitle the donor to have their name recorded on the website and in the festival catalogue which will be published shortly before the festival opens. Amounts donated will not be specified.

I hope to see you there.

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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