Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris participated in the 23 Edition of the Vesoul Asian Film Festival which was held from 07 – 14 February 2017 in Vesoul, France. This year’s edition of the festival has placed a special emphasis on the Sri Lankan cinema with a retrospective segment on the theme ‘Masters of the Sri Lankan Cinema’ which featured 14 renowned films by veteran Sri Lankan artists.
Prominent Sri Lankan Directors, Mr. Prasanna Vithanage and Mr. Vimukthi Jayasundara as well as popular Sri Lanka actress Ms. Swarna Mallawarachchi took part in this year’s festival. Ms. Mallawarachchi was also awarded a ‘Cyclos d'Or d'Honneur’ in recognition of her immense contribution to the Sri Lankan cinema.
Ambassador Ranaviraja speaking at the ‘Sri Lankan Night’ that took place on 10 February 2017 thanked the organizers of the event, Mr. Jean-Marc Thérouanne, General Manager and Mr. Bastian Meiresonne, Creative Director of the festival for their conscientious efforts to recognize the Sri Lankan cinema.
The Embassy also took this opportunity to treat the participants to a cup of Sri Lankan tea which was enjoyed by all.
Vesoul Asian Film Festival which is held annually, is one of the first in France to conduct a film festival with a special focus on the Asian cinema. The festival attracts around 30,000 film lovers each year.
(Ambassador Tilak Ranaviraja with Ms. Swarna Mallawarachchi, Mr. Prsanna Vithanage, Mr. Vimukthi Jayasundara and Organizer of the Film Festival)
(Ambassador Ranaviraja with Ms. Martine Thérouanne, Director, Mr. Jean-Marc Thérouanne, General Manager and Mr. Bastian Meiresonne, Creative Director of the Vesoul Asian Film Festival)
The Embassy of Sri Lanka
17 February 2017