The Tree Goddess

2017/Color/115 mins/Sri Lanka

Category Cinema International
Director Sumitra Peries
Producer Manohan Nanayakkara
Screenplay Tony Ranasinghe
Cinematography Donald Karunaratna
Editor Chamath Paranawidana
Music Nimal Mendis
Set Upathissa Ilangakon
Costume NA
Cast Samadhi Arunachaya (Ruchira), Thumudu Dodantanne (Osanda), Jayalath Manoratne (Father), Irangani Serasinghe (Mother), Yashoda Wimaladharma (Tree Goddess)
Production Company Pradana Developments Pvt. Ltd.
World Sales NA
Festival/Awards NA

1930's, Sri Lanka. Partly a compelling domestic drama, and a demonic love story, the narrative follows a puppet-maker who's set to be married to a young girl. Unfortunately, the girl elopes with her secret lover. Devastated, the grieving puppetmaker ends up carving a puppet in her likeness, which eventually comes to life, setting in motion a fantastical chain of events. Aptly titled, "Vaishnavee" refers to the consort of Lord Shiva-a creator, destroyer and transformer. It is the transformative aspect that is personified by the protagonist (the puppet-maker) in this film. During the powerful climax, the puppeteer realizes the transcendent, spiritual nature of love.

Sumitra Peries
Sumitra Gunawardena (birth name) was born on 24 March 1934 to a Marxist family known as the Boralugoda Gunewardene's in Avissawella. Her father, Henry (better known as Harry) Gunawardena was a proctor in Avissawella, and brother of the famous politicians Philip Gunawardena and Robert Gunawardena and her mother, Harriette Wickramasinghe was from a middle-class family. Three of Sumitra's relatives, Dinesh Gunawardena, Geethanjana Gunawardena and Prasanna Gunawardena, are still in Sri Lankan politics today.

Selected Filmography:
The Garden (2003),
Loku Duwa (1994),
Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Handa (1988),
Yahulu yeheli (1984),
The Girls (1978)