Dir : Lijo Jose Pellissery / India / 91 minutes /Malayalam / 2019


Set in a remote village in the hill ranges of Kerala, Jallikattu unfolds during the course of a day and night. The events are set off when a butcher’s buffalo breaks free and runs amok. The hunt gathers storm and the whole village gets into the act of hunting down the beast on the run. All the dark layers of collective unconscious – ferocity, greed, lust, distrust and vengeance lurching below the surface erupt into the open to culminate in horrendous crescendo of violence, where the boundaries


Toronto International Film Festival- Premiered
Official entry (selection), BFI London Film Festival and Busan

Director biography and filmography:

Lijo Jose Pellissery is a Malayalam film maker and actor. He made his debut in 2010 with the crime film Nayakan and followed it up with the crime-drama City of God (2011) and the black comedy satire Amen (2013. His fourth film, Double Barrel was an experimental film. His fifth film was again a crime-gangster film Angamaly Diaries (2017), starring almost 90 new actors, which preceded Ee.Ma.Yau, released in 2018. His latest movie is Jallikkattu, based on a story by S. Hareesh.

He is a recipient of the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards and the Silver Peacock for the best director at the 49th International Film Festival of India, both for his film Ee.Ma.Yau. He also received the Silver Crow Pheasant Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018.


Producer – Thomas Panicker
Co-producer – Naushad Salahudin
Scriptwriter – Hareesh S
Cinematographer – Girish Gangadharan
Editor – Deepu Joseph
Sound Designer – Renganath Ravee
Art Director – Gokuldas A V
Music – Prasanth Pilla


Vinod Jose, Antony Varghese, Sabumon A, Santhy Balachandran, Jaffer Idukki