Film Forum

February 17

Crossing the Bridge-The Sound of Istanbul, by Fatih Akin (2005) 89 min. (col) – English subtitles, moderated by Anoma Rajakaruna
A European musician and composer sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul.
Fond of experimenting with sound, Alexander Hacke (of the German avant garde band Einstuerzende Neubauten) roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and “magic mike” to assemble an inspired portrait of Turkish music.

His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical “Arabesque”. As he wanders through this seductive world, Alex collects impressions and tracks by artists from neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula to the legendary divas M|zeyyen Senar and Sezen Aksu.
Writer and director Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage and began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg’s College of Fine Arts in 1994.

From 1995, he wrote and directed films many of which won awards.
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Conference of the Animals

February 20
Since human beings have proved themselves apparently incapable of living in peace, a number of animals who have been rescued from a circus decide it is time to take a stand. They call an animal conference, where the children are the guests of honour and treated with utmost care. But when the conference’s call for peace falls on deaf ears, the animals decide to act. Overnight, all the children in the world disappear – hidden by the animals until the governments come to their senses. Erich Kaestner wrote his fable in 1949 after his experience in World War II. Curt Linda’s film adaptation was West Germany’s first feature-length animated film in colour.

Venue: Goethe Hall, Goethe-Institut, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 3:30 p.m.


Education UK Exhibition 2010

The British Council exhibitions in Colombo and Kandy will once again offer students and parents an opportunity to speak to representatives from institutions in the UK. The Exhibition is expected to attract 51 UK institutions in Colombo and 18 in Kandy.
February 20 and 21: Colombo Hilton: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 23: Kandy, Queens Hotel: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Celebrating the Year of the Tiger

February 14 – 16
The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of all traditional Chinese holidays. The year 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. Enjoy a special dinner buffet, including dishes such as ginger flavoured mixed seafood with mango, tomato bean curd soup, Kim Chi, Singapore style chili crab, wok fried chicken in dry chilli sauce, Yong chow friend rice, sweet and sour fish and a tempting dessert buffet.
Venue: Lon Feng, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.



Until March 24
Wasantha Namaskara’s 64th exhibition of paintings
Venue: Namaskara Art Gallery, 175, Dikpitygoda Road, Dalugama, Kelaniya
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Divas Are Back

Wednesday, February 17
A fashion event presented by Lou Ching Wong Studio featuring celebrity models, Geraldine, Sylvana, Shirlene, Yolande, Caryll, Roshanara, Angela, Anitra, Joyce, Delani, Naomi, Nushara
Venue: Oak Room, Cinnamon Grand Hotel
Time: 7:30 p.m.


Quiet Flows The Don

February 17 and 24

Production: 1958
DVD release: I quarter 2005
Genre: Historical Drama
Running time: 104+110+116
Description: A screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Soviet writer Mikhail Sholokhov, a Nobel Prize winner. One of the outstanding works of Russian cinema, recreating with a powerful artistic impact and authenticity the dramatic events connected with the establishment of Soviet power in the Don region and the destruction of the age-old lifestyle of the Russian Cossacks. The film’s main historic, psychological and emotional line is the life story of Don Cossack Grigory Melekhov and his family.On the screen is the harsh truth of life, full of cruelty, deadly hostility, broken lives, irreparable mistakes, irrevocable losses
Awards: IFF in Karlovi Vary – Grand Award “Crystal Globe”, 1958, All-Union Film Festival in Moscow –First Prize and Best Director Award, 1958, Diploma of tInternational festivals in Brussels and Mexiko, 1958, Best Film of 1958 as voted by Soviet viewers and critics.

Venue: Russian Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Wine Buffet

Wednesday, February 17
Wine is an indulgence that has drawn an immense following over centuries. At Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s monthly Wine Buffet, this indulgence is presented in the most elegant of surroundings with wonderful accompaniments and at an amazingly reasonable price.
This stylish Wine Buffet brings you a selection of the finest wines from across the globe. The fine wines on offer include Albert Bichot Mersault Prem Cru Charmes Blanc (French), Albert Bichot Chambolle Musigny (French), Albert Bichot Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Du Clos Frantin (French), Albert Bichot Corton Grand Cru Clos Des Marechaudes Domaine Du Pavillon (French), Terrazas Alto Chardonnay (Argentina), Green Point Chardonnay (Australian), Torres Mas La Plana 2000 (Spain), Matua Valley Shingle Peak Pinot Noir (New Zealand), Matua Valley Shingle Peak Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) and Terrazas Alto Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina).
The wines are available in unlimited quantities, accompanied by cheese, crackers, asparagus (courtesy of Sun Agro Farms), pâté, roasts and vegetables.
Priced at Rs.2,500 nett per person, this is not a mid-week break to be missed, judging by the appreciative reviews.
For reservations and inquiries, please call 2491956.
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Invisible Spectrum

Until February 22
Invisible Spectrum, a digital Infrared Photographic exhibition in Sri Lanka by Dr. Ranjith Pallegama
Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Country Roads 2010

February 21
Country, western and folk music bonanza
Venue: Dutch Burgher Union (DBU ), Thunmulla Junc.
Time: 4:30 p.m. onwards



Until February 28
Paintings by Ranjan Aluwihare
Venue: barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)

Until February 18
The Other Object of Desire
A visual art exhibition by Aruna Widanaarachchi
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Rd. South, Pitakotte
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


March 18 to 20
12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies (ICSLS)
Organised by the Royal Asiatic Society and the Open University under the main theme “Sri Lanka after the War: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity”.
Individual papers are also invited on a broad variety of disciplines such as anthropology, archeology, architecture, culture and society, defense studies, demography, development studies, diasporic studies, distance learning; economics, education, ethnic studies, environmental studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, information science, languages and literature studies, library and information studies; management studies, media studies, philosophy, political science, post-tsunami studies, psychology, religious studies, risk studies, science and technology policy; and sociology.
Submission of paper abstracts through Monday, February 15, 2010
For more information:
Visit the Conference Homepage: http://www.slageconr.net/12thicslshome.html
Email: 12thicsls@slageconr.net

Public talk

February 14
Meditation Is Constant Understanding Of The Way of Life, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.


Jazz at Dusk

February 19
A smooth and eclectic repertoire of music from styles as diverse as swing, traditional jazz, blues, Latin, jazz func, and strict tempo, two of Colombo’s most popular jazz bands, Trans Jazz Quartet and Revel Crake & Co. will take you on a musical journey of exploration.
Venue: Poolside, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel
Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards


Soulful Jazz

Every Wednesday Soul Jazz with Mariam and Steve
Venue: Budz, 17/6, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7
For more information: 7452040


Design Exhibition

Until March 2
The Goethe- Institut in collaboration with the University of the Visual and Performing Arts, the Academy of Design, the Moratuwa University and Anim8 are proud to present a major Design Exhibition “conscious, simple - consciously simple. The Emergence of an Alternative Product Culture” in Colombo. This Design Exhibition from Germany is a unique opportunity to view design options embellishing our household.

This New German Design reveals trends and strategies with their different emphasis on aspects of the conscious and the simple. The newly opened Gallery of the University of Visual and Performing Arts will host a selection of exhibits by 35 German designers which focuses on pieces of furniture, lights and home accessories.

Venue: J.D.A. Perera Gallery, 46 Horton Place, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Documentary filmmakers invited to submit entries

Deadline: May 31, 2010
Region: Worldwide
Documentary filmmakers around the world are invited to submit entries for an International Festival of Documentary Films which will be held in Morocco in October 2010 on or before May 31.
The festival aims to contribute to Moroccan urban development -- culturally, economically and socially -- and to reflect and share the concerns of the people there.
For more information:
Visit: http://afifdok.org/?page_id=129/
E-mail: b_elmessaoudi_ma@yahoo.fr


Eka Adhipathi

The play, Eka Adhipathi written and directed by Dharmasiri Bandaranike
February 21: Bandaranaike Madya Maha Vidyalaya Auditorium, Gampaha, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.
February 26: Yowun Nikethanaya, Anuradhapura, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.
February 27: Sudasunedith, Chilaw, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.