Six stories connected by one gun and one ring
Inspired to tell the kind of story “no one else was telling,” Canadian filmmaker, born in Jaffna Sri Lanka, Lenin M. Sivam and Eye Catch Multimedia have created the riveting new feature film “A Gun & A Ring,” which has been officially selected to screen at the 37th Montreal World Film Festival.
Weaving six stories together, linked to a single gun and a wedding ring, the film explores the harsh realities faced by different generations of Tamil Canadians who try to rebuild their lives in an adopted land, but are unable to let go of their pasts that were framed by violence, death and conflict in Sri Lanka.
“This was an important story worth producing,” producer Vishnu Muralee said, adding that it is great to see the film being recognized. “For many, Canada is home. But, as they struggle to build a new life in Canada, they are trying to erase a dark, violent and brutal past.”
The Montreal festival runs from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, 2013 with the film presented under “Focus on World Cinema.” The Montreal World Film Festival is one of Canada’s oldest international film festivals and the only competitive film festival in North America accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations.
Sivam explained that his film could apply to the realities faced by generations of immigrants from practically any race, who set up their lives in foreign lands.
The film had its world premiere at the 16th Shanghai International film festival in June where it was nominated for the prestigious Golden Goblet Award.
Sivam’s debut feature film 1999 received international recognition and was named as one of the Top 10 Canadian Films at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 ReelWorld Film Festival.
The Toronto premiere of A Gun & A Ring is on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at York Cinemas in Richmond Hill at 7 p.m.
Eyecatch Multimedia is a Toronto-based indie film production company founded by young entrepreneur, Vishnu Muralee.