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FILM SCREENINGS

  • The Changing Village

    1964. Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Lester James Peries. 105 min.

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 4:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2



  • The Changing Village

    1964. Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Directed by Lester James Peries. Screenplay by Reggie Siriwardena, based on the novel by Martin Wickremasinghe. With Punya Hiendeniya, Henry Jayasena, Wikrema Bogoda. Lindsay Anderson, who joined Satyajit Ray in awarding Gamperaliya the Grand Prize at the 1965 Delhi Film Festival, praised Peries’s beautiful film for “its elegiac, near-Chekhovian grace.” Made at a pivotal moment in Sri Lanka’s history, as colonial caste society was being undermined by rising ethnic, religious, and class tensions, the film centers on the impossible love between a young Ceylonese teacher of English, who represents the emergent middle class, and a village girl whose aristocratic family faces declining fortunes. Restored by UCLA Film and Television Archive, with funds from The Stanford Theatre Foundation. In Sinhala; English subtitles. 105 min.