Sri Lanka Film Director Chandran Rutnam’s 'A Common Man' bags 3 awards at Spain Film Festival

'A Common Man’ Directed by Chandran Rutnam has won three awards at the Madrid International Film Festival two days ago.

The movie bagged awards for the categories of ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Actor’ (Ben Kingsley).

The movie was nominated in four categories at the Madrid International Film Festival: ‘Best Picture,’ ‘Best Director,’ ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Supporting Actor’.

The Madrid International Film Festival is an annual event held to promote cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment is based in the city of Madrid in Spain, and draws in thousands of people from around the world.

Common Man is a psychological thriller film starring with Oscar Award winner Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross.

The story is adapted from a concept conceived while Chandran was watching the Hindi movie “A Wednesday”. However, Rutnam has developed it into a highly suspenseful thriller.

The cast includes Ben Kingsley, Ben Cross, Patrick Rutnam, Mohamed Adamaly, Dushyanth Weeraman, Ashan Dias, Numaya Siriwardena and Jerome de Silva.

The crew of the film includes Manohan Nanayakkara (Producer), Chandran Rutnam(Adapted Screenplay and Direction), Chandana Jayasinghe ( Director of Photography), James Rutnam (Editor) and Ramesh Vinayakam (music).

A Common Man is a production of Asia Digital Entertainment which earlier produced the feature film, “The Road From Elephant Pass”, a Finalist Award winner at the 2011 New York International Television and Film Awards. The film is adapted for the screen and directed by Chandran Rutnam.

"A Common Man”, which is shot in Colombo, deals with a mysterious man (Kingsley) who had planted five bombs in the politically-scarred city. And the bombs are set to explode if demand for the release of four major terrorists is not immediately met. When he conveys his demands to the Deputy Inspector General of the Colombo Police Department (Cross), a confrontation ensues that sets off the exciting, non-stop action film.

The Academy Award winning Ben Kingsley’s (who acted in Gandhi) recently performed in such films as Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Other recent projects include Hugo, from director Martin Scorsese, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Chloe Grace Moretz, and The Dictator, which also stars Sacha Baron Cohen.

Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) recently co-starred with John Cusack in the independent film War, Inc. and opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ray Liotta in Hero Wanted. His other recent projects are Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams, and starring roles in the mini-series Ben Hur for the BBC, the mini-series Ice opposite Sam Neill and Lifetime’s William and Kate.

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