Thu May 29,2014

On Wednesday 11th June The Scene Club will screen the Sri-Lankan tragi-comedy MACHAN by Uberto Pasolini. The screening will take place at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre at 8pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with the film screenwriter Ruwanthie De Chickera. Entry is on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and guests are requested to arrive at 7pm to collect their pre-booked complimentary tickets.

The Scene Club is Dubai’s first-established film club, monthly showcasing the best of world independent cinema; it is run with the support of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage and the Dubai International Film Festival.

Based on a true story, MACHAN is a tragi-comical tale about a sports team with a difference.

Stanley is tired of life as a fruit seller in the perpetually unstable Sri Lankan city of Colombo. Faced with a lifetime of drudgery, his frequent get-rich-quick schemes have only succeeded in bringing his family to the verge of bankruptcy. But when by chance, he hears that there will be a handball tournament in Bavaria, Germany, an escape scheme hatches in his mind.

Despite not knowing anything about handball, Stanley coerces his pals into forming the first Sri Lankan National Handball Federation. An official invitation is sought, funding and visas applied for.

But as the fateful date with destiny draws ever closer, it becomes glaringly apparent that none of the would-be migrants has a coherent plan for achieving asylum in Germany…

MACHAN marks the directorial debut of Uberto Pasolini, producer of the international hit The Full Monty.

After its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2008 where it picked up the prize for Best European Film, MACHAN was shown at over 30 international film festivals and won several awards, including Best Film at Brussels Film Festival, Best Screenplay at Durban Film Festival, Best Feature Film at Palm Beach Film Festival, Audience Award at Transylvania Film Festival and Kerala Film Festival.

Language: Sinhalese and English with English subtitles
Duration: 103 minutes
Rating: 15

Award winning Sri-Lankan screenwriter Ruwanthie De Chickera will be joining the evening for an open Q&A session with the public. Ruwanthie’s plays have been produced in Sri Lanka, the UK, Japan, India, Australia and the Philippines. Her first play won the British Council International New Playwriting award in 1997 and was the first Sri Lankan play to be performed in London’s West End. 

Tickets to The Scene Club are complimentary and are given on a “first-come, first-served” basis on the night of the screening from 7pm at the club’s Ticket Desk at Knowledge Village Conference Centre. Pre-booking at is required, as priority is given to the people who have reserved a ticket. Guests are encouraged to arrive on time at 7pm to avoid disappointment, as seats are limited and the screenings are hugely popular.

Between 7pm and 7.45pm all guests can meet fellow film enthusiasts in The Scene Club networking lounge, while enjoying complimentary refreshments. The film will start at 8pm and the evening will conclude with the Q&A session with screenwriter Ruwanthie De Chickera.

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