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The Hunt

The Hunt


by Vasantha Obeysekere

Sri Lanka


The Hunt

Director: Vasantha Obeysekere

Screenplay: Vasantha Obeysekere

Cinematographer: Donald Karunaratna

Editor: Stanley de Alwis

Music: Premasiri Khemadasa

Cast: Swarna Mallawarachchi, Ravindra Randeniya, Somy Ratnayake,  Ratnawali Kekunawala, Rathmalie Gunasekera, Shirani Kaushalya, Irangani Serasinghe, J. H. Jayawardena

Production: P.A. Rabin Chandrasiri

Mr Rabin Chandrasiri

Year: 1983

DCP, Color, 120 min, OV Cinghalese with English and French electronic subtitles

European Premiere

The central character of this story is a young village girl, attending a leading school in town. She dreams to make fortune and to lead a prestigious life. She meets a charming young man, she thinks to be the one she will live with forever: good-looking, driving a fancy car, he seems impatient to rise in the social ladder at any cost. Of course, the young woman only discovers the man’s true nature when it is already too late – but instead of giving up, she tries at all costs to win back his heart, then her own pride in an ultimate act of resistance.
Vasantha Obeysekere took his inspiration from a real-life fact to tell the eternal story of the country girl a man is taken advantage of; but the director uses the plot to show his country divided by the hunt for consumerism and social inequalities. He also reinvents the habitual cinematographic procedures for a surprising final twist. Well beyond a simple melodrama, The Hunt is nowadays considered one of the best Sri Lanka movies of all times.

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