day in the Future (Mathu Yam Dawasa)
Directed by Dharmasena Pathiraja
With Saumya Liyanage, Wasantha Moragoda, Radha de Mel
Sri Lanka 2001, 116 mins
Pathiraja maintains on-the-edge tension in this rollercoaster ride
of two small time hitmen on an out of control killing spree. The
two hapless anti-heros Dhammika and Lionel have a half-baked dream
of emigrating to the golden opportunities of Europe. Moving up from
shopping mall muggings, they are hired by a politician to assassinate
one of his cabinet colleagues. The hit takes place and the duo are
put up at one of the politician's houses until things calm down.
However, the boys grow anxious and make their escape, but their
cover is blown and they become a target for the police and the politician
who hired them. Pathiraja successfully injects a palpable threat
of violence to the hitmen's various encounters - while at the same
time gradually revealing that their experience is just part and
parcel of a wider social unrest stalking Sri Lanka.
London Film Festival Screenings
16 Nov 16.15 - National Film Theatre screen 3
Mon 18 Nov 13.45 - National Film Theatre screen 2
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