Project: The Fallen
Scr: Vimukthi Jayasundara
Estimated budget: $1.4m (Eu1m)
Funds in place: $655,000 (Eu475,000)

Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara has a background in screenwriting, journalism and film criticism.

He studied TV and film-making in India and France before being invited by Cannes' 2003 Cinefoundation initiative to participate in its residency programme. The result was Jayasundara's debut feature, The Forsaken Land, which went on to screen in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2005.

Jayasundara's second feature, The Fallen, has gone through the Cinefondation's Atelier du Festival de Cannes.

It tells the story of Rajith, a young man who flees his violent home city only to find himself in a village that holds its own dangers.

The locals are influenced by an old legend, which tells of a prince who is forced to hide in a forest because of a prophecy that claimed he would kill one of his uncles in order to gain power.

The two uncles, without taking into account the physical appearance of anyone, kill all the young men in the region. Rajith takes refuge in a relative's home, but during the night he goes to hide in the forest.

The film centres on power - the power of history and the past, and the power of nature and myth.

The Fallen is being produced by Michel Klein's Paris-based Les Films Hatari, and Philippe Avril's Unlimited production outfit.