Jallikattu - Enzian Theater

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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

  • “As exciting and unusual an experience as you're likely to get this year. Grab it by its horns and don't dare let go.”

    – Barry Hertz, GLOBE AND MAIL
  • “There are visuals here that you will not be able to get out of your head…you're not going to be able to look away.”

    – Anupama Chopra, FILM COMPANION
  • “Politics runs like a thread through ‘Jallikattu’, but the film's intentions are never overt. Even if you watch it simply as a kinetic, exhilarating piece of cinema, it would be a memorably immersive experience.”

    – Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
  • “Every minute of this work of great absurdity is infused with so many surprises that you're already planning to watch it again.”

    – Vishal Menon, FILM COMPANION
  • “’Jallikattu’ is alluring, unconscionable, and impossible to avert your eyes from.”

    – Matt Donato, SLASHFILM
  • “The control the director displays as the film races along... ‘Jallikattu’ is exhilarating, and I am still all shook up, a few hours after the standing-ovation gala screening.”

    – Shubhra Gupta, THE INDIAN EXPRESS
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