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Entre deux mondes
(Ahasin Watai)

by Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA

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Several common points run through the films of this Sri Lankan director (Land of Silence, 2002; The Foresaken Land, 2004 ; Chatrak, 2011), one of which is the repetition of a double assertion: Jayasundara’s attachment to the power of a story driven by oral transmission, and his way of gravitating around the theme of abandonment to portray it alternately as either a tearing-apart or a liberating event. His filmmaking thus calls on an imaginary freed from the fitting realism that is at times the expected stereotype of Sri Lankan films. With syncretic inspiration, he rearranges a transmitted cultural heritage by fleshing it out with his own personal references. As a result, Between Two Worlds could just as well portray the mythological survival of a very ancient world as its science-fiction dimension. Between two temporalities, it is above all the uneasy parable or pre-apocalyptic vision of a disaster foretold. JB

  • Titre français
    Entre deux mondes
  • Original title
    Ahasin Watai
  • Titre international
    Between Two Worlds
  • Production
    Les Films Hatari, Unlimited, ARTE France Cinéma
  • Distribution
    Les Films de l'étranger
  • Support de projection
    35 mm
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