Based on a true story, MACHAN is a tragi-comical tale about a sports team with a difference.
Stanley is tired of life as a fruit seller in the perpetually unstable Sri Lankan city of Colombo. Faced with a lifetime of drudgery, his frequent get-rich-quick schemes have only succeeded in bringing his family to the verge of bankruptcy. But when by chance, he hears that there will be a handball tournament in Bavaria, Germany, an escape scheme hatches in his mind.
Despite not knowing anything about handball, Stanley coerces his pals into forming the first Sri Lankan National Handball Federation. An official invitation is sought, funding and visas applied for.
But as the fateful date with destiny draws ever closer, it becomes glaringly apparent that none of the would-be migrants has a coherent plan for achieving asylum in Germany…
MACHAN marks the directorial debut of Uberto Pasolini, producer of the international hit The Full Monty.
After its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2008 where it picked up the prize for Best European Film, MACHAN was shown at over 30 international film festivals and won several awards, including Best Film at Brussels Film Festival, Best Screenplay at Durban Film Festival, Best Feature Film at Palm Beach Film Festival, Audience Award at Transylvania Film Festival and Kerala Film Festival.
With special guest: Screenwriter Ruwanthie De Chickera.
Language: Sinhalese and English with English subtitles
Duration: 103 minutes