Burning Birds

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    Burning Birds

    Directed by

    France, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Qatar

    2016

    84 min

    • Tamil

    Drama

    Busan IFF

    1989. A small village in Eastern Sri Lanka. After her husband is abducted, tortured and murdered by a paramilitary group, Kusum has a struggle on her hands to look after her eight children and mother-in-law all by herself.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Prize - Tokyo FILMeX
    • Grand Prix (Fiction and Human Rights), Young Jury Award - FIFDH

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Anoma Janadari
    Mahendra Perera
    Samanalee Fonseka
    Chandani Senavirathne
    Screenplay
    Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
    Cinematography
    Kalinga Deshapriya
    Production
    NEON PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    FILM REPUBLIC

    Press

    Janadari’s stoic suffering has real power.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

    Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

    Sri Lanka

    The irony of the film is that all characters are victimized by those who stand for their salvation.

    Born in Sri Lanka in 1977, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara studied mass communication and film. His first feature, IGILLENA MALUWO (FLYING FISH, 2011), was selected in Rotterdam, while BURNING BIRDS (2016) was developed through the Cannes Cinéfondation and premiered in Busan.