Sunrise. A lone tank drives into a suspiciously quiet war zone: a tiny rural hamlet, inhabited by just one family. For more than 30 years, Sri Lanka was ravaged by a civil war between government troops and the 'Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam'.
There is no peace in The Forsaken Land. A fragile ceasefire seems to be in effect, but fresh fighting could break out at any moment. Loosely structured scenes from the everyday life of the family pass by in this void, constant tension and stalemate. Far from civilisation, surrounded by lush palm trees and pools of blood, the members of the family are caught in a suffocating atmosphere characterised by cruelty, desperation and absurdity.
This unusual feature debut by Jayasundara won the Camera d'Or at Cannes. He then continued to examine the wounds left by this struggle in his subsequent films.

Original title
Sulanga enu pinisa
Filmmaker
Vimukthi Jayasundara
Country
France, Sri Lanka
Year
2005
Medium
Betacam Digi
Length
108’
Language
Sinhalees
Producer
Philippe Avril
Production Company
Unlimited, Les Films de l'Etranger
Sales
Memento Films International
Writer
Vimukthi Jayasundara
Cinematography
Channa Deshapriya
Editor
Gisèle Rapp-Meichler
Production Design
Rohan Samaradivakara
Sound Design
Alberto Crespo-Ocampo, Franck Desmoulins, Nicolas Naegelen
Music
Nadeeka Guruge
Cast
Kaushalya Fernando, Mahendra Perera