After presenting the memorable film Sankara at IFFR, the young Sri Lankan cineaste Prasanna Jayakody appears with his second film Karma. Applying the same cinematic time-flow, the director uses consistent slow and long shots to establish a certain meditative mood.
The film opens with very slow camera movements in a house, while off-screen there are sounds of heavy breathing. A mother is dying in pain in a huge bed, her son beside her. He is passively present and seems numb, bothered by guilt. His thoughts are with the girl next door. He longs for warmth, uneasy with his sexual drive.
This introspective minimalist human drama of a young man's encounter with death, but lust and joy as well, poses many questions. Approached and handled with the sophistication of delicate embroidery, Karma magically turns the spectator towards his own self.

Filmmaker
Prasanna Jayakody
Premiere
European première
Country
Sri Lanka
Year
2010
Medium
35mm
Length
88’
Language
Sinhalees
Producer
Rasitha Jinasena
Production Company
Sky Entertainers
Sales
Sky Entertainers
Writer
Prasanna Jayakody, Jagath Manuwarna
Cinematography
Palitha Perera
Editor
Bathiya Dunusinghe, Rangana Singharage, Sudesh Kumarasinghe
Production Design
Asoka Athaudahetti
Sound Design
Lionel Gunarathne
Music
Sumudu Guruge, Nadeeka Guruge
Cast
Jagath Manuwarna, Michelle Herft
Website
http://skyentertainers.com