Each year, the Galle
Literary Film Festival assembles students from all over Sri Lanka to make their own films. I went to the first camp, which was good, but in this year’s camp the students have produced some objectively excellent work.
The movie above, The Report, combines story-telling with symbolism, interesting cuts and good editing. My favorite is the opening scene with the wolves and sheep, a theme that runs throughout the scene. The cuts are also quite literate, a focus on the school bell, shots from above to show peer pressure, good use of light and space. It’s a bit slow at times, but so’s Kubrick. One of the last shots against the blue Jaffna twilight is quite beautifully composed.
Art Of Love
Art Of Love is not so artsy, but pretty funny. There’s a girl playing a father and a boy playing an indolent girl. What the editing lacks, the humor or the writing and acting makes up for. The dialogue is funny and the story is a classic Bollywood plot, plus a bit of folk lore. It’s quite funny really.
What’s also interesting is that a lot of the videos mix Sinhala and Tamil dialogue seamlessly. If only life had subtitles.
Cyber Love is a quite interesting story, Internet, love, mistaken identity. Great, great one line ending as well. Wow, that was a surprise.
There is also the film Sinduja, a modern Cinderella, but it somehow gets stuck everytime I load it.
The Jaffna Film Camp (it moves each year) is an objectively good idea in that it connects and helps kids, but they’ve also made some really interesting film. This also shows that similar issues are important to kids all over the island – school, love, family.