Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its official selection for 2012 program. Asoka Handagama’s latest movie Ini-Avan will be screened at Contemporary World Cinema section in this year’s program. Ini- Avan is one of the five films selected for in-depth discussions with the audience conducted by the University of Toronto. A scholar from the university’s Munk School of Global Affairs will have an expanded conversation about the film.
TIFF is the most recognised and largest film festival in North America. Ini- Avan had its world premiere at the Cannes 2012 under ACID Program.
“Juxtaposing serene landscapes with strangely beautiful renderings of urban decay, Handagama’s elegiac allegory neither wallows in grief nor mourns for a lost past, but rather explores the unsettling realities of postwar Jaffna. And yet, there is hope within this desperate, lyrical portrait — hope of an “after” for those who have lived through the traumas of war,” said Cameron Bailey, Programmer TIFF. Directed by Handagama, Ini Avan cast includes Darshan Dharmaraj, Niranjani Shanmugaraja, Subashini Balasubramaniun, Raja Ganeshan, Malcolm Machado and King Rathnam. Cinematography is by veteran Channa Deshapriya, music by Kapila Poogala Arachchi, art direction by Sunil Wijerathne. For E-Culture Productions, Ini Avan is co-produced by Jagath Wellawatte and Anusa Fernando.