Kingsley, Ratnam nominated at Madrid festival

Hollywood actor Sir Ben Kingsley and Sri Lankan movie Director Chandran Rutnam have been nominated at the Madrid International Film Festival for the film ‘A Common Man’ which was shot entirely in Sri Lanka.
The movie, which is now showing in the United States, has been nominated for “Best Picture”, “Best Director”, “Best Actor” and “Best Supporting Actor” at the film festival.
The Madrid International Film Festival will held in Madrid from July 1st to 6th.
The festival has, as its objective, the promotion of cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment.
The Madrid International Film Festival is an annual event based in the city of Madrid in Spain, and draws in thousands of people from around the world.
A Common Man is produced by Manohan Nanayakkara and Chandran Rutnam.
A co-production between Hollywood and Sri Lanka, the script of the movie was written by Chandran Rutnam, who in the past has worked with some big Hollywood names including Director Steven Spielberg.
The plot of the movie, Rutnam told the Colombo Gazette when the movie was being shot in Sri Lanka, revolves around the character played by Kingsley, and an attempt by terrorists to blow up Colombo.
Rutnam said that once he wrote the script for the movie he sent it to Hollywood and Sir Ben Kingsley, who has won several international awards including an Oscar for his portrayal of Gandhi, liked the story and offered to play the lead role.
“The story is adapted from a concept that has been done before. But I have taken that concept and turned it around into a situation in Sri Lanka. This is a rare opportunity for Sri Lanka because this is the first time we are having the opportunity to direct Hollywood actors. We shot the whole picture within 27 days,” Rutnam added.
Among the locations used for the movie in Sri Lanka were Wesley College, Odel and Katukurunda where a plane was exploded for one of the scenes.
The movie co stars Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire and Far Pavillions), Patrick Rutnam, James Koch (son of popular singer Alston Koch), Numaya Siriwardena, Wilson Guneratne, Ashan Dias, Sando Harris, Wilman Sirimanne,  Jerome de Silva, Dushyanth Weeraman, Veena Jayakody, Mohammed Adamally, Kian O Grady and Teddy Vidyalanakara. (Colombo Gazette)