Actress Nilmini Sigera won the Yakushi Pearl Award for the given to the ‘Most Brilliant Performer’ at the Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF) 2019 which was held in Osaka City, Japan, from March 8 to 17. The Film Festival which celebrates and appreciates film productions in the Asian cinema industry and has been conducted annually since 2005.
Sigera received the award for her performance in Asoka Handagama’s latest film ‘Asandhimitta’. The film was programmed under main competition of OAFF, with movies from Korea, Hong-Kong, China, India, Japan, Vietnam, Philippine and Taiwan. ‘Asandhimitta’ marked Sigera’s maiden appearance on the silver screen.
Based on a novel by Saman Wickramarachchi ‘Asandhimitta’ portrays the ‘fictional aspect of reality’. It is about a filmmaker who receives a request from one of his former acquaintances – Asandhimitta – to make her life story into a film. The director recalls that Asandhimitta is a large and voluptuous woman and is skeptical about her request till she confesses that she was recently involved in the murder of three women and will soon be taken into custody and probably hanged. She is willing to confess all and only to him so long as he makes her story into a film.
‘Asandhimitta’ held its World Premiere at the Busan Film Festival and was screened at many more international film festivals. It stars Nilmini Sigera, Dharmapriya Dias, W Jayairi, Shyam Fernando, Yashoda Wimaladharma, Rukmal Nirosh, Anula Bulathsinhala, Gayani Gisanthika, Sandali Handagama, Rithika Kodithuwakku, Widath Weerakoon and Ahas Dissanayake ‘Asandhimitta’ is produced by H D Premasiri and will be screening at CEL circuit cinemas from March 22. (Daily News)