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The Treasure (1972)

Nidhanaya (original title)
This dark, brooding Sri Lankan classic chronicles the tale of Willie Abeynayake (Gamini Fonseka) and his effort to uncover a treasure, which can only be attained by sacrificing a virgin ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
K.L. Coranelis Appuhamy
Kumarasinghe Appuhamy
Saman Bokalawala
Thilakasari Fernando
Gamini Fonseka ...
Willie Abeynayake
Malini Fonseka ...
Irene
Mapa Gunaratne
J.B.L. Gunasekara
Thalatha Gunasekara
Trelicia Gunawardena
Shanti Lekha
Francis Perera
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This dark, brooding Sri Lankan classic chronicles the tale of Willie Abeynayake (Gamini Fonseka) and his effort to uncover a treasure, which can only be attained by sacrificing a virgin girl with four birthmarks. Willie finds his girl, but in a twist of events he falls in love with her. But after losing his job, ensuing economic complications force him to reconsider sacrificing her for the treasure. Written by Thivanka Rukshan Perera

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October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le trésor  »

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1.33 : 1
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An established masterpiece from the godfather of Lankan cinema.
7 August 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Nidhanaya is generally considered to be the classic Sri Lankan film. Number I in most anyone's desert island collection of Lankan films. Lester James Peiris takes a powerful story and weaves a tapestry of wonderfully engaging images shot in austere black and white. It is bold film making from a person very much in command of his style and technique. Lester James Peiris was never again to reach such virtuosity in his stellar career.

A great ensemble cast, award winning script by Tissa Abeysekera, incredibly potent music from Premasiri Khemadasa and poetic cinematography by the under rated M.S. Anandan make this film a must watch.


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