Ira Madiyama (August Sun) (Sinhalese: ඉර මැදියම) is a 2005 Sri Lankan bilingual feature film directed by Award-winning Prasanna Vithanage and produced by Soma Edirisinghe for EAP Films. It stars Peter D'Almeida, and Nimmi Harasgama in lead roles along with Namal Jayasinghe and Mohamed Rahfiulla. Music composed by Lakshman Joshep de Saram. It is the 1047th Sri Lankan film in the Sinhala cinema.
The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Ira Madiyama (August Sun) is set in Sri Lanka during the mid-1990s and tells three simultaneous stories against the backdrop of the country's savage civil war (1983 – 2009).
Chamari (Nimmi Harasgama) is searching for her husband, a Sinhalese Sri Lankan Air Force pilot shot down in flight, whom she believes has been taken prisoner by the Tamil Tigers. Desperate to know the truth, she enlists a sympathetic journalist and sets out on a journey to track him down.
Meanwhile, eleven-year-old Tamil Muslim Arfath (Mohamed Rahfiulla) is struggling to keep his companion and friend, a dog, while the family together with the entire village is forced to evacuate by a rebel army.
The third narrative follows Duminda (Namal Jayasinghe), a young soldier who walks into a brothel to find his sister among the working girls.
The main action of the film takes place in Sri Lanka’s northern territories, parts of which are controlled by the Tamil rebels who have created a de facto separate state.
These stories are about people who are struggling to hold on to their hopes and dreams while being swept up by the torrents of war. The film is about their quest for life.
Peter D'Almeida as Saman Gunawardena
Nimmi Harasgama as Chamari
Mohamed Rahfiulla as Aralath
A. A. Mansoor as Hasan
Namal Jayasinghe as Duminda
Nadee Kammalaweera as Kamani
Maheswari Rathnam as Aralath's Mother
Rajeena Begum as Aralath's Sister
H. V. Thaheera as Aralath's Grandmother
Chandra Kaluarachchi as Duminda's Amma
Gayani Gisanthika as Girl at Brothel
Nilar N. Kasim as TV Presenter
Sampath Jayaweera as Duminda's friend
Mahesh Mayra Nisal as Duminda's friend
Kumara Thirimadura as Checkpoint officer
The original music for Ira Madiyama was composed by Lakshman Joseph De Saram.
Ira Madiyama (August Sun) was a bi-lingual film in Sinhala & Tamil.
The father and son characters of Hassan and Arfath, were real-life refugees who had fled their hometown of Mannar under similar circumstances.
Although, set against the backdrop of war and ethnic conflict the film focused on the social fabrics of the nation. There were no warfare scenes in the film.
The events in Ira Madiyama (August Sun) take place on the day Sri Lanka became world champions when they beat Australia in the 1996 Cricket World Cup final in Lahore, Pakistan. It is also the period immediately following the breakdown of the first attempt at peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). So it was a time of great tension and uncertainty mixed with elation at the cricketing success.
Ira Madiyama (August Sun) saw its domestic release across Sri Lanka on 10 February 2005. It opened across 16 centres islandwide. It ran for 55 days to good critical and commercial response.
Ira Madiyama (August Sun) and Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) are set for limited release from 18 June 2010, at Sinema Old School a 136-seater high definition cinema screening local and award-winning films in Singapore.
Grand Prix - Special Mention, Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland
FIPRESCI - NETPAC Award, Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Best Film - Silver Award Lady Harimaguada De Plata, Las Palmas International Film Festival, Canary Islands
Best Actress - Nimmi Harasgama, Las Palmas International Film Festival, Canary Islands
Grand Jury Prize, Makati Cinemanila International Film Festival, Philippines
Montreal World Film Festival, Canada (World Premiere)
Quebec International Film Festival, Canada
International Film Festival of India, India
Chennai International Film Festival, India
Kolkata Film Festival, India
Pusan International Film Festival, Korea
London Film Festival, United Kingdom
Bite the Mango, Bradford, United Kingdom
Amiens International Film Festival, France
Deauville Asian Film Festival, France
Fukuoka International Film Festival, Japan
Cinequest International Film Festival, United States