A Letter Written on the Sand

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A Letter Written on the Sand

A Letter Written on the Sand


by Sumitra Peries

Sri Lanka


A Letter Written on the Sand

Director: Sumitra Peries

Screenplay: Simon Nawagattegama

Cinematographer: Donald Karunaratna

Editor: Lal Piyasena

Music: W.D. Amaradewa

Cast: Swarna Mallwarachchi, Ravindra Randeniya, Sunethra Sarachchandra, H.A. Perera, Susit Chaminda de Silva, Rasik Wickramasinghe

Production: Harsha Kumara Navaratna

Contact: National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka

Year: 1988

DCP, Color, 111 min, OV Cinghalese with English and French electronic subtitles


With kind support of National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka

Life is harsh for little Bindu after his father’s sudden death. His once lively mother becomes more and more depressive. She neglects her son and acts very mean with close relatives and other villagers. The only person left for the boy is childhood-friend Midya, daughter of the village’s merchant; but when persisting rumors pretend a relationship between Bindu’s mother and Midya’s father, the boy is completely on his own. Desperate, he starts writing letters on the sand.
Adapted from the eponymous novel of one of the biggest authors of Sinhalese’s modern literature, Simon Nawagattegama (1940-2005), A Letter written on the Sand is one of Sumitra Peries’s most touching and most personal movies. Spouse of Sri Lanka’s father of Cinema, Lester James Peries, Miss Peries is also Sri Lanka’s sole female director.

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