The Treasure

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Le Trésor

The Treasure


by Lester James Peries

Sri Lanka


Le Trésor

Director: Lester James Peries

Screenplay: Tissa Abeysekera, after G. B. Senanayake's novel

Cinematographer: M.S. Anandan

Editor: Lester James Peries, Edwin Leetin, Gladwyn Fernando

Music: Premasiri Kemadasa

Cast: Malini Fonseka, Gamini Fonseka, Shanti Lekha, Saman Bokalawela, Trilishia Gunarathne, Francis Perera, Wijeratne Warakagoda 

Production: P.E.E Anthonypillai for Ceylon Studios

Cineteca di Bologna
Archivio Film
Via dell'Industria, 2
40138 Bologna

Year: 1970

DCP, B & W, 108 min, OV Cinghalese with English and French electronic subtitles


Willie Abeynayake is the sole heir of a ruined dynasty. Lonely, he has a fascination for legends and superstitions. One day, he finds an old map which is said to lead to the gold of an ancient king. The manuscript says that in order to open the entrance to the hidden cave and lay hand on the legendary treasure, one has to sacrifice a virgin girl with four birthmarks. One day, Willy sees a woman bathing in a river and perfectly fitting the description. He decides to marry her in order to sacrifice the woman, but longer they live together, more he falls in love with her. But then, a financial crisis leaves him completely ruined…

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