Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27
Production: 1988
Running time: 105 minutes
Directed by: Claire Denis
Description: A young French woman returns to Africa and is haunted by vivid memories of her childhood in the last days of the country’s independence
Chocolat is most suitable for persons of 12 years and over.
Venue: Alliance Francaise, Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

La Rafle

Friday, October 29
Description: 1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sown on his chest.
He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of life in an occupied Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, where they’ve taken shelter.
At least that’s what they think, until that morning on July 16, 1942, when their fragile happiness is toppled over.
From the Velodrome D’Hiver, where 13,000 Jews are crammed, to the camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, from Vichy to the terrace of the Berghof, La Rafle follows the real destinies of the victims and the executioners.
Of those who orchestrated it all. Of those who trusted them. Of those who fled. Of those who opposed them.
Directed by Roselyne Bosch, this one hour 55 minutes, 2010 film, stars Melanie Laurent, Jean Reno, Gad Elmaleh.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Kotte, 139 Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Several days from the life of I. I. Oblomov

Wednesday, October 27
Production: 1979
Genre: Drama
Running time: 143 minutes
Description: The film is based on the novel Oblomov by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov. The 19th century Russian landed gentry’s life was idle and boring.
Its representatives had a hard time of finding a purpose in life, of realising their potential. Likewise, the film’s protagonist, Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, refused to work just for the sake of building up his fortune, for he did not see in it any lofty ideal.
Lying on a sofa and indulging in ‘philosophical’ reflections on the meaning of life, he let the life slip by him, including the love of his life, Olga.
Having despaired of ever getting to his heart, she married his friend, Shtoltz.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, No. 10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

The Young Victoria

Tuesday, October 26
Description: Victoria (Emily Blunt) is the object of a royal power struggle. Her uncle, King William (Jim Broadbent), is dying and Victoria is in line for the throne.
Everyone is vying to win her favour. However, Victoria is kept from the court by her overbearing mother, The Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson), and her ambitious advisor, Conroy (Mark Strong). Victoria hates them both. Her only friend is her doting governess, Lehzen (Jeanette Hain).
This movie highlights the suffering Young Victoria goes through in order to gain her rightful position.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.


Thursday, October 28
Directed by: Fatih Akin (2002)
Description: In the sixties Romano Amato, his wife Rosa and their two sons Giancarlo and Gigi emigrate from Solino in Italy to Duisburg in the Ruhr area, and establish the first Pizza restaurant in town.
Their business prospers and both children get used to Germany. 10 years later the brothers fall in love with the same woman; they sever ties with each other in anger and Gigi returns to Solino with his mother. A decade later both meet again and look back on their lives.
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, St Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Beyond Peace

Presentation of a workshop on video installation art

The workshop conducted by Prasanna Pitigala Liyanage and Sithumini Rathnamalala explores the possibilities of video installation as a novel medium of constructive critical discussion on post-war Sri Lanka.
The main challenge for the participants was to create an atmosphere in which the audience can actively experience the issue.
Venue: British Council, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


Sumatran dance performance

Until Thursday, October 28
A performance depicting mythical tales by a troop of Sumatran dancers
Venue: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


ACPS Council of Management

The All Ceylon Pensioners Society Limited held its 40th Annual General Meeting recently. The following members were elected to the Council of Management for year 2010/2011
President: KS Karunaratne,
Vice Presidents: Upali S Jayasekera, A Balasingham, T Sathkunanathan, BG Jirasinghe, PG Hemachandra
General Secretary: Karunatileke Abeykoon
Assistant Secretary: Gunasena Lokuwella
Treasurer: K Batuwantudawe, Assistant Treasurer: V Ponnambalam
Committee Members: TB Dissanayake, TD Suriyaarachchi, S Sivasambu, P Ramupillai, GMA de Silva, M Wilmot Fernando, TM Hemaratne, Chella Padmanathan and TMM Abideen


Youth programme

Lawyer Nadeel Dushantha Malagoda Sahana Foundation in collaboration with Kirullapona ‘Nirmana Sansadaya’ to rally youth around the Temple, organised a devotional Buddhist programme as the first step at the Polwatta Sri Dhammakeerthie Rajakeeya Maha Viharaya, Kollupitiya. Edward Jayakody, Charitha Priyadharshani Peiris, Suneth Walpola, Suriya Kumara Muththalage, Ishak Beig and many others participated in the event


Balloth Ekka Be

Saturday, October 30
The tomedy Balloth Ekka Be written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna.
Starring: Roshan Pilapitiya, Gihan Fernando, Kumara Thirimadura, Saman Hemarathna (Leelasena), Sarath Kothalawala and Anusha Disanayake.
Venue: Lumbini Theatre, Havelock Town, Colombo 5
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.


St Aloysius OBA (Colombo)

75th Anniversary AGM

St. Aloysius’ College, Galle OBA (Colombo Branch) will hold its 75th Anniversary AGM at Hotel Sapphire today (October 24) commencing 10 am.
The chief guest on this memorable occasion will be their Joint Patron Rev. Fr. Thomas Kuriacose SJ, past pupil of the school, Priest, Preacher and Counselor for 56 years and a nonagenarian by December. The founding fathers of the school, the Jesuit Priests, will be represented by the other Joint Patron Rev. Fr. Peter Kurukulaaratchi SJ, past pupil of the school.
The meeting will be presided over by its President, Prof. Morley de Silva. Among the distinguished guests will be the Principal of the School, DPLS Gunasekera, President of the Parent Association, Dhammika Mahendra and the Presidents of the Overseas Branch Associations.
Arrangements for the meeting, fellowship and the lunch to follow are in the hands of the Project Chairman Marius Ferdinands.
A very significant item on the agenda is the felicitation of all its surviving Past Presidents (1st President and the Secretary having been the late Dr Marceline De Costa and the late NU Jayawardene), the most senior being 97-year-old Clement Alles.
A very large gathering including delegates from branches in UK, Australia, USA, New Zealand and from the PPA of the sister school, Sacred Heart Convent (Galle) are expected.
Anniversary celebrations will climax with the dance ‘South of the Border’ at Hotel Galadari on October 30.


Sunset cruise

Sunday, November 14
Be on board the cruise ship, Jetliner anchored at the Colombo Port, being a part of the Shine and Dine Get-together organised by the Past Teachers’ Association of Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda.
The event is a fundraiser to make donations to the Dementia Ward of the Mental Hospital and the welfare activities of the association.
For more information contact Mrs. Pandithage on 0112829589.
Dress: Smart casual
Venue: Colombo Port
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sailing starts at 5:30 p.m. sharp)


Druvinka’s art

Until Saturday, October 30
Druvinka Madawela is an established artist who has held exhibitions around the world.
Born in Sri Lanka, she is currently residing in Himachal Pradesh, India with her two sons, Tashi and Drona. Her language of art consists of line, form and colour.
She prefers to work leaving her canvas flat on the floor and circling around it like a dance.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3


Aloka Pooja

The Chairperson and Managing Director of Swadeshi Industrial Works Amari Wijewardene (second from left), Marketing Manager of Swadeshi, Chaminda S. Jayasinghe Arachchi, the Basnayake Nilame of Sabaragamu Maha Saman Devalaya, Sunil Shantha Weerasekera and devotees at the illumination of the Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devalaya by Swadeshi Industrial Works for the ninth consecutive year


Shivantha Vivekanandan honoured

President, Deaf School Past Pupils Association, Ratmalana and Sri Lanka Deaf Cricket Association, Shivantha Vivekanandan was honoured with a prestigious award at the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Batticaloa Rehibitation Organisation of the deaf, held recently of the Public Library Auditorium, Batticaloa, amidst a large number of distinguished invitees.
Advisor, Batticaloa Rehibitation Organisation of the Deaf, K. Pratheepan handed over the award to Shivantha Vivekanandan.
The rehabilitation organisations of the deaf in Batticaloa, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and Colombo, affiliated to the Sri Lanka Organisation of the Deaf, have regularly provided assistance to the deaf community in Sri Lanka.
The deaf leaders from various parts of Sri Lanka participated in the programme and Shivantha Vivekanandan was the only recipient of this award, which was an honour to the deaf community in Sri Lanka.
Shivantha Vivekanandan is also the vice chairman of the Asia Deaf Cricket Federation and the advisor to Deaf Link.


Public talk

Sunday, October 24
Action That Is Always Correct organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


Until Monday, October 25
An exhibition of textiles by the Department of Industries
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 5p.m.


Saturday, October 30
Guidance For Entrepreneurs Based On Science And Technology, a workshop organised by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) Committee for the Popularisation of Science for those interested in entreprenurship based on science and technology.
The workshop is conducted in Sinhala.
The key areas covered will be identification of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, how to build your enterprise and face challenges, marketing your products and services and managing finances.
Venue: Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Tuesday, October 26
A concert performance by two well-known pianists Ramya de Livera Perera and Soundarie David
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Book launch

Thursday, October 28
When the Guns Fall Silent by the award winning author Punyakante Wijenayake
The chief guest will be the Professor A.V. Suraweera and Gulbai Gunasekara of Asian International School will conduct a lecture on this book.
Venue: Godage Book Shop, Maradana
Time: 4 p.m.


Rangika Jeevantha and his twin brother Rangana who started the Rivega Dance will present their latest dance performances, focusing not only traditional dance but also folk dances of Sri Lanka.
The recently formed Nelung Arts Centre also joins hands with the Rivega Dance Studio in a bid to create bridges of understanding among various dance styles and classical styles.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.