The Joyous Farmer


Art Direction for the award-winning short film 'The Joyous Farmer', directed by Hiran Balasuriya

The Joyous Farmer is an adaptation of a short story penned by Sri Lankan novelist Anuk Arudpragasam. Taking stylistic cues from the surrealist writers of Soviet Russia like Andrey Platonov, the film explores the surreal absurdity of transplanting the reliance on pharmaceutical antidepressants in the west onto the poverty-stricken landscape of the so-called ‘third world’.

Awards

Best Short Film, Jaffna International Cinema Festival, Sri Lanka, 2016
Best Short Film, Agenda14 Short Film Festival, Sri Lanka, 2016
Best Short Film, Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards, USA 2017
Best Actor, Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards, USA 2017




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