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Machan is a movie starring Dharmapriya Dias, Gihan De Chickera, and Dharshan Dharmaraj. A group of sad slum residents, living on the limits of society under immense pressure, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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A group of desperate slum dwellers, living on the margins of society under impossible pressures, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria to be the answer to their prayers, a one way ticket to the West and the wealth that will solve all their problems. Written by Anonymous

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€5,000,000 (estimated)
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The actor playing the policeman also absconded in Germany after shooting had finished. In real life this actor is also a goldsmith. He disappeared on the last day and never turned up to the bus, or the airport. One of the other actors this guy was closest to had been warned in advance that he was going to hook it. He had been picked up in a car by relatives. A few months later he had made it to London from Germany without a passport and was doing rather well as a goldsmith. See more »

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wow
22 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

It was raining today and a friend and I wandered into this film (by mistake!! We looked at the wrong day and thought this was a Slovak documentary) at the Trencin Film Fest in Slovakia. It was one of the most fortunate mistakes I've ever made. I am not a movie fan, but with no knowledge of the plot, etc, watching this unfold was magical. Many others have commented on the acting, the authenticity, the story. . . I concur; all converged perfectly. I felt I was there in SL, and that it wasn't a script. Truly one of the best films I've ever seen (admittedly, I see few films). So human, so true, and in the way perhaps art does best, it shined a light on a situation (economics, politics, immigration) that often fails to consider people-- individuals with dignity who bear the brunt of the economic machine's brutality. I hope this movie goes further and I will recommend it to all of my friends. Wow.


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