Churuli Review: Lijo Jose Pellissery Leads Viewers Down a Path to Nowhere 

Not very long after the premiere of Jallikattu, Lijo made his next film, Churuli which is set in a similar milieu ﹣a remote forest village full of men with a talent for violence.The film opens with a woman’s voice-over narrating to a young man (or a boy) the story of a brahmin who, while looking for a mischievous minion named perumaadan, got trapped in an unending spiral inside a forest.

Lijo Jose Pellissery Wins Best Director For Jallikattu At The 50th IFFI

Director Lijo Jose Pellissery won the best director award, for Jallikattu at the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Of India in Panjim. The award was announced at the closing ceremony of the film festival held on Thursday afternoon. This is the second time Lijo has won the best director award at this film festival. Last year, he had bagged the award for Ee Ma Yau.
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Jallikattu that premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September, released in theatres in Kerala on October 17. The film, starring Chemban Vinod Jose, Antony Varghese and Sabu, is an official adaptation of writer S Hareesh’s short story.
Read: Jallikattu Review: A Visceral, Disorienting, Man vs Animal Film, That’s About More Than It Lets On
Over 190 films were screened from 76 different countries were screened at the festival which opened on 20 November. Among those, 90 were Indian Premieres, 6 were World Premieres and 11 were Asian Premieres.
The Golden Peacock Award for the Best Film was won by French-Swiss drama Particles directed by Blaise Harrison. The Silver Peacock Award for the Best Actor Male was won by  Sou Jorge for the film Marighella directed by Wagner Moura, while Marathi actor Usha Jadhav Silver Peacock Award for the Best Actor (Female) for the film Mai Ghat: Crime No. 103/2005. 
Italian Director Riccardo Salvetti won the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award for his film Rwanda. The best Debut Film of a Director Award was won by two films – Monsters by Marius Otleanu and Abou Leila by Amin Sidi Boumédiène.

Jallikattu Is Completely A Lijo Jose Pellissery Film: Writer S Hareesh

Hareesh, the winner of  Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 2018 is back in his residence in Kottayam after attending the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where the world premiere of Jallikattu, the film adaptation of his short story Maoist, took place on September 8.The film adaptation of Maoist is action-oriented, with few instances of dialogues.  Jallikkattu completely belongs to Lijo, says Hareesh, who co-authored the screenplay with his friend Jayakumar.

Jallikattu Official Trailer Directed By Lijo Jose Pellissery

Direction : Lijo Jose Pellissery Producer : O. Thomas Panicker Screenplay : S Hareesh, R Jayakumar DOP : Girish Gangadharan Editor : Deepu Joseph Original Score : Prashanth Pillai Sound Design : Renganath Ravee Executive Producer : Salahudhin Naushad Art Director : Gokul Das Costumes : Mashar Hamsa Makeup : Ronex Xavier Stunts : Supreme […]

Jallikattu Official Teaser Directed By Lijo Jose Pellissery

Direction : Lijo Jose Pellissery Producer : O. Thomas Panicker Screenplay : S Hareesh, R Jayakumar DOP : Girish Gangadharan Editor : Deepu Joseph Original Score : Prashanth Pillai Sound Design : Renganath Ravee Executive Producer : Salahudhin Naushad Art Director : Gokul Das Costumes : Mashar Hamsa Makeup : Ronex Xavier Stunts : Supreme […]

‘Jallikkattu Is About The Beast In Man’: A Conversation With Filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery

The filmmaker’s career graph though, doesn’t suggest this self-confessed indolence.  Six films and eight years in the film industry later, Lijo Jose Pellissery is now one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in Malayalam, constantly pushing his own bar and exploring new narrative terrains with every new film.

Silverscreen Recommendation: Here’s Why Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Double Barrel’ Was Ahead Of Its Time

Back when the new-wave of Malayalam cinema was fading and most filmmakers were still trying different permutations and combinations of non-linear and hyperlink narratives, Pellissery picked the latter and applied it to a genre alien to Malayalam cinema – spoof.Double Barrel starred Prithviraj, Indrajith, Arya, Asif Ali, Sunny Wayne… and the tagline ‘No punches, only gunshots’ made for a perfect punchline in Malayalam.

‘Jallikattu Presents The Raw, Unvarnished Brutality And Ugliness Of Excessive Masculinity’: Santhy Balachandran

People are writing interesting scripts and elevating them through fresh approaches to filmmaking,” says Santhy, adding that for an actor, being part of a film is an exercise in faith.Santhy Balachandran, who previously appeared in Tharangam and Randuper, is at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of her new film Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery.

Oscars: A Look at India’s Official Entries Over the Past Decade

Since 1957, Hindi films have dominated the entries with 32 entries so far, followed by eight in Tamil, three each in Malayalam and Marathi, two in Bengali and one each in Telugu, Gujarati, Urdu, and Assamese.  However, in the last 10 years, six regional films, barring ones in Hindi, have been sent as India’s official entries at the Academy Awards.

French Biriyani Review: A True Confluence Of Characters, But Needed More Fleshing Out

Like Danish Sait’s Twitter videos through this lockdown, his new film French Biriyani, directed by Pannaga Bharana and written by Avinash Balekkala is, as its name suggests, a true confluence of characters.There is Urdu, a distinct Bangalore flavoured Hindi, Kannada and I think I heard some Tamil as well that forms the multicultural melting pot that is the city in a silly comedy that mixes both language and slapstick with a missing baggage and mistaken identity. It’s silly alright.

IFFI Celebrates Golden Jubilee This Year; International Jury To Be Headed By Ex-Oscar Academy President John Bailey

International Film Festival Of India (IFFI), the Central government-backed annual event held in Panaji, is gearing up to celebrate its golden jubilee this year. The festival, which will be held from November 20 till 28, will screen close to 250 films from different countries. This year, Russia is the festival’s partner country.

Indie Filmmakers To Approach Court Against International Film Festival Of Kerala

A group of indie filmmakers has launched a social media campaign against the International Film Festival Of Kerala (IFFK), alleging that the festival’s film selection committee has been flouting rules and rejecting films without viewing them. On Facebook page, Reform The IFFK, the filmmakers say that they were going to file e legal petition against the film festival to get the current selection lists of Indian and Malayalam films cancelled. They demand that the Academy to reconstitute the panels and make fresh and fair selections. The filmmakers also allege that the Chalachitra Academy was favouring commercial films over independent arthouse films.