South Asian Film Festival
Unfolding in a remote village in the filmmaker’s home state of Kerala, JALLIKATTU begins with Kalan Varkey, a butcher whom the entire village relies on for fresh meat. A regular ritual of buffalo slaughter goes haywire when the animal breaks loose, creating havoc across the village as it runs amok destroying shops and crops before vanishing into the surrounding woods. Fingers get pointed, the police are called in, and the entire village gets sucked into catching the errant animal. Cited as “one the year’s biggest discoveries” (Screen Anarchy) at last year’s Toronto Int’l Film Festival, this breathtakingly original and wildly propulsive parable about man’s latent capacity for lawlessness and chaos showcases a bold new voice in Malayalam cinema.
India, 2019, 91 min, Directed by Lijo Jose Pelilissery, In Malayalam with English subtitles
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