Malayalam feature “JALLIKATTU” directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has been selected as India’s official entry for the International Feature Film category at the Oscars, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Thursday.
There were a total of 27 films that had entered the race from Hindi, Malayalam, Oria, and Marathi. The film beat out the other 26 movies and has been nominated by the jury to represent India at the Oscars.
Jallikattu revolves around a tamed buffalo that liberates itself from its owner on the eve of its scheduled slaughter and runs amok through a town in Kerala’s Idduki district. The film is based on the short story Maoist by S Hareesh, who has also written the screenplay along with R Jayakumar.
“It is a film that really brings out the raw problems which are there in human beings, that is we are worse than animals,” filmmaker Rahul Rawail, Chairman, Jury Board, Film Federation of India, told reporters in an online press conference.
“Jallikattu” had its premiere in September 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim.
The movie was particularly praised for Pellissery’s spectacular directing effort, ably supported by Girish Gangadharan’s cinematography and Renganaath Ravee’s wild sound design work, and the lead performances by Antony Verghese and Chemban Vinod Jose.