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Machan is a cinematic experience of its nature after Mille Soya See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Dharmapriya Dias ... Stanley
Gihan De Chickera ... Manoj
Dharshan Dharmaraj ... Suresh
Namal Jayasinghe ... Vijith
Sujeewa Priyalal ... Piyal
Dayadewa Edirisinghe ... Naseem
Mahendra Perera ... Ruan
Pitchchei Selvaraj ... Nesa
Kumara Thirimadura ... Oaf
Pubudu Chathuranga ... Spoilt Son
S. Selvsekaran ... Father
Pradeepan Puwabalasingham ... AJ
Sarath Karunaratne ... PK
Mangala Pradeep Kumara ... VD
Saumya Liyanage ... Angry Foreigner
Nino Jayakodi ... Afghani Youth
Janaka Ranasinghe ... Afghani Man
Vajira Kodituwakku ... Bangala Man
Ruwan Malith Peiris ... Indian Man
Sanjaya Hettiaratchchi ... Piyal's Cousin
Lalith Janakantha ... Piyal's 2nd Cousin
Theertham Muthiah Ganeshan ... Senior Policeman (as Udaya Ganeshan)
Dilip Kumara Koralage ... Junior Policeman
Stefan Birckmann ... Visa Officer
Ronika Rannetthi ... Esther
Irangani Serasinghe ... Auntie Magie
Sumanawathi ... Auntie Alice
Malini Fonseka ... Manoj's Mother
Hemasiri Liyanage ... Manoj's Father
Sitha Kumari ... Manoj's Grandmother
Kasun Tarindra ... Manoj's Younger Brother
Dasun Madushanka ... Manoj's Little Brother
Thisuri Yuwanika ... Manoj's Younger Sister
Sashikala Amarakoon ... Manoj's Little Sister
Lakshman Mendis ... Vijith's Father
Raja Ganeshan ... Money Lender
Tissa Fernando ... Old Man
Jayani Senanayake ... Jasmine
Ravi Kumar ... Neville
Mohamed Siraj ... Rajan
Chathurika Pieris ... Shalini
Damitha Abeyratne ... Post Mistress (as Damitha Abeyrathne)
Christene Keusch ... German Woman
Sabine Lachmann ... German Girlfriend
Achim Schelhas ... Chirpy Host
Phil Morton ... John
Omar Siddique ... Phil
Jonathan Davies ... Mike
Ravani Anuradha ... Nun
M.M.M. Rauf ... Vendor
Deepani de Silva ... Spoilt Son's Mother
Kumuthu Tilakna Gunaratna ... Esther's Daughter
Amali Taranga ... Esther's Baby
M.K. Sudhahar ... Embassy Guard (as M K Sudhahar)
Shane Silva ... Embassy Queue Jumper
Leonie Kotalawela ... Neighbour (as Leoni Kotalawala)
Sunil Pathirana ... Grave Digger
Sunil Hettiarachchi ... Amos
Bandula Vithanage ... Drunk
Sando Harris ... Hotel Guard (as Sando Haris)
Charmara Prasad ... Waiter
Gunarathna Hapuarachchi ... Thug
Ajantha Alahakoon ... Thug
Anne Peters ... German Matron
Peer Martiny ... Cold eyed German
Christian Ebert ... Referee

Stefan Mehren ... Immigration Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mohamed Adamaly ... Pakistani Doctor
Richard Mundy ... German Police Officer
Kriz Chris Henri Harriz ... GUNTER - The German Friend of Racket twins (uncredited)

Directed by
Uberto Pasolini 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ruwanthie De Chickera  writer
Uberto Pasolini  writer

Produced by
Conchita Airoldi .... producer
Robert How .... line producer
Henning Molfenter .... co-producer
Uberto Pasolini .... producer
Michael Scheel .... line producer: Germany
Prasanna Vithanage .... producer
Andrew Warren .... line producer
Mirjam Weber .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lakshman Joseph De Saram 
Stephen Warbeck 
Cinematography by
Stefano Falivene 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Hirakubo 
Production Design by
Errol Kelly 
Art Direction by
Sunil Wijeratne 
Set Decoration by
Lal Harindranath 
Costume Design by
Sandhiya Jayasuriya 
Rob Nevis 
Makeup Department
Lalith Dharmawardena .... hair stylist
Nina Heppelmann .... makeup artist
Saskia Sudau .... makeup artist
Ebert Wijesinghe .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Iranthi Abeyasinghe .... production manager
Christian Klempert .... unit production manager: Germany
Oliver Kueper .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tobias Asam .... second assistant director: Germany
Dominic Fysh .... first assistant director
Scott Kirby .... first assistant director: Germany
Prasad Pereira .... second assistant director
Julia Schweizer .... third assistant director
Phillip Woelke .... crowd director
Art Department
Enzo Enzel .... swing gang
Johannes Pfaller .... set decorator: Germany
Welegedara Ranasinghe .... property master
Sound Department
Hans-Jörg Bramm .... boom operator (as Hans Bramm)
Anandar Chandrahasan .... sound recordist
Robert Farr .... dialogue editor
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernhard Joest .... sound mixer
Mark Paterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Hunor Schauschitz .... boom operator
Mike Wood .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Davide Piastra .... digital cleaning
Fabrizio Pistone .... digital conform
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Almesberger .... camera operator: "b" camera: Berlin
Birgit Dierken .... first assistant camera: "a" camera: Berlin
Martin Frank .... gaffer
Rene Frommholz .... best boy
Harald Gliesche .... electrician
Eddie Handschak .... video operator
Ricarda Hibbeln .... additional first assistant camera
Rafael Jeneral .... first assistant camera: "b" camera: Berlin
Martin Kunze .... clapper loader
M.D. Mahindapala .... additional photographer
Rade Matic .... electrician
Janak Mayadunne .... still photographer
Harald Mellwig .... first assistant camera
André Morgen .... electrician
Nadine Neuneier .... second assistant camera: "a" camera: Berlin
Ariyarathna Perera .... gaffer
Ilko Petkow .... key grip
Rohana Premachandra .... grip
Roland Schütz .... still photographer
Stefan Walkowiak .... grip
Marc Ehrenbold .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Damayanthi Fonseka .... casting
Suse Marquardt .... casting: Germany
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constanze Hagedorn .... costume supervisor
Nathalie Neusuess .... wardrobe
Anne Scholz .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Billy A. Campbell .... additional editor
Fabrizio Conti .... colorist
Pierpaolo Marcelli .... digital intermediate project manager
Neil Williams .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Mark Bousie .... musician: accordion
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Yann McCullough .... music editor
Tharupathi Munasinghe .... composer: additional music
Stephen Warbeck .... movie composer
Transportation Department
Stephan Arendt .... driver
Dennis Erdmann .... driver
Other crew
Cunchana Basanayake .... production coordinator
Gopi Darmaratnam .... production accountant
Matthias Fehrenbach .... catering manager
Katja Hoerstmann .... business affairs
Katja Hoerstmann .... business affairs: Babelsberg Film GmbH
Katharina Holzfuss .... production office assistant
Ceri Hughes .... production coordinator: UK
Sven Jenuwein .... assistant location manager
Silke Krüger .... location manager
Ester Ligori .... production coordinator
Jeewanthi Manik .... script supervisor
Malcolm Mantara .... location manager
Margaret Metz .... production coordinator
Senaka Navarathna .... script supervisor
Matthias Nerlich .... assistant location manager: Germany
Anna Orieti .... accountant
Nadiya Perera .... assistant to director
Antonello Sammito .... production coordinator: Italy
Grit Schluechtermann .... cashier
Wolfgang Schwedler .... production accountant
Caroline Veyssière .... script supervisor
Sonja B. Zimmer .... production executive
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel (uncredited)
Stephen Haren .... special thanks

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Canada:109 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Netherlands:AL | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Machan is a cinematic experience of its nature after Mille Soya, 13 December 2008
Author: Dawson Preethi from United Arab Emirates

I got the opportunity of watching "Machan" at "5th Dubai International Film Fastival-December 11-18 , 2008" on its second day, 12th.

Its yesterday, of course i couldn't stop writing about this film since i came out from the 12th theater hall of "Mall of the Emirates- Cinestar".

such gravity of writing about this film is an accident, in fact totally unexpected. anyway i reached the theater 3 hours before knowing how the Dubai behaves in such fast phased environment , always surprises take place, so to avoid any miracle there at the MOE i prepared go there in advance. timings of screening could go up or down depending on the demands or some other reasons because Dubai is an miracle island floating on money, simply on cash flow! not funny at all...

Dubai is in the other hand the place where all the youth keeping full of hopes to uplift their lives in a instantaneous fraction of time as the opportunities are superfluous. here we daily experience young people from all around the world landing for better opportunity and they will enjoy the miraculous demand supply theories of main economic system based on entertainment creation. the affordability of fantasy in Dubai is so competitive and ranges from 50 dhs to infinitely large sums of currency. the price of the dreams are vary from such a range and everybody has his destiny here.

the economic grounds play such a role in the lives of a people bounded by a simple geographical region.

comparing the same relative truths on the land of the subjective sri lanka it is always the reality of youth to become a migrant into somewhere else on this planet other than to suffer the metaphysics on its grounds.

the reality is always lot far from its imagination. sri lankan youth has this illusive mind to capture the good air in some other region of this planet. their meta dream made them such a creative to solve the paradox of visa. it is the theme of this "machan" movie.

they worked out such a solution of getting out of it.

it is nothing far beyond that to discuss the miseries all made upon this dramatic representation of the saga.

i have my own fascinations on this art work. i think it is important to express those here in this lengthy writing just to make my sign here and on your mind , thank you for your patience on reading up to this point , please keep that to a little extent too...

in the movie i found many places where i can feel the language of cinema comes out with its glory, i really fallen in love , with camera angles+light+emotions and sound.

the screen shot starting with the look back of the past of his hotel cleaner job profile, suddenly he could realize the hand dryer on the wall how it become an imaginary enemy to his symbolic code. he reacts before leaving the hotel job, as he already got visa to say goodbye to all his pity , demolishing the hand dryer. this is a very strong psychological symbolization of his anger on the system which he suffered.

the other most beautiful cinematic+dramatic instance is the scene on the gathering of telling stories about German sluts and when the one who is telling the sadistic sexuality about his past experiences , he stops somewhere in the mid of the story telling about a whip and changes the story line to another scene. after few cine minutes the scene transfers to the location where all are gathering again in front of the German Embassy waiting for the visa. everyone was concentrating on the response of the officers and one who was at the previous story telling time still in his curiosity of knowing what happened after taking out that whip out of that German sluts bed underneath, he simply asks "whip taken out, then?" its a very dramatic scene showing the inner side of the human mind of course during the struggle of overcoming everything the sexual curiosity will find it fulfillment of lack.

this movie has its own sign on the cinematic language which i felt at the dark so technical.

i would appreciate Dharmapriya Dias and Gihan Chekera on their warmth welcome at the cinema lobby as we could share a moment of pleasant time together before going into the dome of celluloid's.

i went empty into theater. i came out with rich feelings on cine magics...

some likes enjoying the pity in dramatic form , for me it makes me to think different. this movie has big potential on making a real difference in youth aspects towards the myths of illegal migration.

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