Asoka Handagama / Sri Lanka



From 26th october to 26th november

Film Information

Year: 2021

Duration: 108'

Language: VOSE

Genre: Drama


The film narrates the history of the alleged sexual assault committed by the poet Pablo Neruda when he was Honorary Consul of Chile in British colonial Ceylon, from 1929 a 1931. From the story that Neruda himself makes in I Confess that I have lived (1974), in the chapter “The Luminous Solitude”, in seven lines the reader finds out how he abuses a Tamil girl, who comes from the lowest castes of the Sakkilie, who are considered “untouchables”. It is about an innocent woman, who unknowingly participated in a strange story in which much remains to be known.


Asoka Handagama ( Sri Lanka, 1962) is considered one of the leaders of the third generation of Sri Lankan cinema. He studied Mathematics at Kelaniya University and he obtained his Masters in Development Economics from the University of Warwick in 1995. His films like This is My Moon (2000), Flying with One Wing (2002)  explore new narrative forms. The Amiens International Film Festival paid tribute to him for his contribution to the development of independent cinema in Asia. He recognizes himself as an admirer of Pablo Neruda’s work, so reading that passage had a strong impact, leading him to create his own version of events.