Sri Lankan movie to compete in Oscars mainstream category

For the first time in the history of Sri Lankan film industry, a movie from the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, shall vie for Oscars 2019. The movie titled ‘The Frozen Fire’, directed by Anuruddha Jayasinghe, is the first Sri Lankan movie to enter in mainstream ‘Best Picture’ category of Oscars 2019, the officials revealed.The preview show of ‘The Frozen Fire’ was screened on Tuesday at the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan movies have only entered twice in Oscars before this, that too in the ‘Best Foreign Language Film category. Commenting on the Oscar mission, Nisha Joseph, Manager of ALFS said that the entertainment industry is growing rapidly in Sri Lanka. “It is a great privilege to be associated with the Sri Lankan film industry. The Frozen Fire is our first project from the island and we are extremely excited to take this unique project to the Oscars. Sri Lankan cinema has a lot to offer the global audiences and we hope to associate with more movie projects for the international awards arena,” she said. Anuruddha JayasingheNisha, who is also the Artistic Director of All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIIFF) highlighted that India-Sri Lanka should strengthen collaboration in culture through promoting co-production movie ventures as well as tourism destinations. “There is immense potential for partnership in culture and knowledge exchange. Both governments (India and Sri Lanka) should come forward to tap the potential as early as possible. It is the need of the hour,” she added.The movie is produced by Chamathka Pieris under the banner of Cinepro Lanka International.  Ariyawansha Dhammage is the script writer. Cinepro which is one of Sri Lanka’s top cinema and television production companies intends to promote the movie and showcase the island nation’s leap in filmmaking to a global audience. India-based All Lights Film Services (ALFS), a leading film consultancy company, is handling the Oscar contention of ‘The Frozen Fire’. ALFS has managed Oscar nominations of more than 14 Indian movies including the much acclaimed Ballad of Rustom, Kamasutra 3D, Pulimurugan, DAM 999 and Color of Sky. The movie’s plot follows the life of Wijeweera, his close associates and those whose political and personal lives are entwined with his on account of their ideological preferences. The film’s makers take the viewer through the turbulent twelve years from Wijeweera’s release from jail until his ghastly murder in the late 1980s through the multiple viewpoints of Wijeweera, his family, friends, comrades and detractors.Based in Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala, All Lights Film Services (ALFS) is a film consulting, marketing and promotion division of the Aries Telecasting Private Limited. ALFS helps filmmakers ‘Go Global’ by providing their movie/documentary the deserved exposure at international film festivals across the globe. ALFS also conducts rigorous campaigns to help films get into the very prestigious Oscar nomination race. The firm was founded by Sohan Roy, the Founder Director of the USD 10 billion Project Indywood. read more

Delta 2Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA (AP) _ Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.44 billion.On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had net income of $2.21. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $2.35 per share.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.29 per share.The airline posted revenue of $12.54 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $12.5 billion.Delta expects full-year earnings to be $6.75 to $7.25 per share.Delta shares have risen 19% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 19%. The stock has increased 18% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DAL at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DALThe Associated Press read more

Ban deplores deadly attacks targeting female students in Pakistan

“Violence against women and educators has increased in recent years, the aim being to keep girls from attaining the basic right to education,” Mr. Ban noted with dismay, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson which stressed that no cause justified such attacks. According to media reports, a hidden bomb exploded in a bus carrying female students to a university in the town of Quetta. Gunmen then stormed the nearby hospital complex where the victims had been taken. At least 20 people died and many more were injured.A few hours before, a rocket hit the Quaid Azam Residency in Ziarat, which has historical importance as it was used by Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.Mr. Ban called on the Government “to do all possible to bring the perpetrators to justice” and expressed the UN’s solidarity “in the face of continued terrorist violence in Pakistan.”The Secretary-General also sent his condolences to the victims, their families, and the Government of Pakistan. read more