French Embassy not happy

 
sinhala– සිංහල
english

flying-fish  Film     

The Embassy of France in Colombo says it regrets the unfortunate incident and the embarrassment for the general public and for the French Spring partners and sponsors after the local authorities had ordered the suspension of the French Film Festival.
The French Film Festival had been organised by the Embassy of France between June 18th and July 14th, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and many others partners and sponsors.
The Festival provided opportunities for artists from the two countries to perform on a common stage and/or to share mutual experiences. In its framework, a dozen events have been presented in various artistic fields such as music, songs, dance, fashion, photography, books and gastronomy.
The cinema part of the Festival comprised screening, in the premises of the BMICH, of Sri Lankan and French films selected by the Embassy. The Embassy said that the film “Flying Fish” had been chosen to be screened at the film festival, due to its international recognition in festivals in Asia and in France.

The Embassy received from the Public Performances Board the certifications authorising the screening of all these movies. The conditions put to the screening of “Flying Fish”, such as its one time only presentation to a selected invited audience without children have been respected.

The Embassy of France had however been informed yesterday by the Board of Management of the SWRD Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation of its decision to suspend the French Film Festival on “account of the contents of and the sentiments contained in the Sinhala Film “Flying Fish”.
“The Embassy of France regrets this unfortunate incident and the embarrassment for the general public and for the French Spring partners and sponsors,” the French Embassy in Colombo said.
The Embassy said that the aim of the Spring Festival Cultural Festival is to strengthen the friendly relations between France and Sri Lanka and in no way to harm any part of the Sri Lankan diverse society.

ප‍්‍රංශ චිත‍්‍රපට උළෙලට වැට….

කොළඹ බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර අනුස්මරණ සම්මන්ත‍්‍රණ ශාලාවේ පැවැත්වෙමින් තිබු ‘ප‍්‍රංශ චිත‍්‍රපට උළෙල’ ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නියෝගයක් මත වහාම අත්හිටුවා ඇතැයි වාර්තා වේ.කෙසේ නමුත් මෙම චිත‍්‍රපට උළෙල ආරම්භ කරමින් ප්‍රදර්ශණය කර ඇත්තේ සංජීව පුෂ්පකුමාරගේ ඉගිල්ළෙන මාළු (flying fishe ) චිත‍්‍රපටය බවත් එම චිත‍්‍රපටය නිසා ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යංශය මෙම තීරණය ලත් බවත් පැවසේ.

ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් මෙම උළෙල නවතා දමන්නට තීරණය කර ඇති බව බණ්ඩාරනායක සම්මන්ත‍්‍රණ ශාලාවේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂක බන්දුල ඒකනායක මහතා ගෙන් මාධ්‍ය විසින් සිදු කළ විමසීමේදී ඔහු පවසා ඇත,මෙම උළෙලේ ප‍්‍රදර්ශණය වීමට නියමිතව තිබූ සියළුම චිත‍්‍රපට සඳහා මෙරට ප‍්‍රදර්ශණ අනුමැතිය ලැබී තිබීමද විශේෂත්වයකි.

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