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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.

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.