Filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery’s ‘Jallikattu’, India’s official entry in the Best International Feature category at the 93rd Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race. The Malayalam-language movie is not part of the shortlist of 15 features that will be vying for a spot in the final five, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced on Wednesday.
Jallikattu, starring Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, and Santhy Balachandran, follows the plot of a bull that runs amuck from a slaughterhouse in a hilly remote village with all the residents gathering to hunt it down. Released in its home state Kerala in October 2019 and premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and the 24th Busan International Film Festival, where it received much acclaim, Jallikattu was the latest feather in Pellissery’s cap, who is known for titles such as Angamaly Diaries (2017) and Ee.Ma.Yau (2018), both of which are considered pathbreaking outings in Malayalam as well as Indian cinema. Jallikattu is the second Malayalam film to be submitted as India’s entry to the Oscars in the past decade after Adaminte Makan Abu in 2011.
The 15 shortlisted films are from Chile (The Mole Agent), Czech Republic (Charlatan), Denmark (Another Round), France (Two of Us), Guatemala (La Llorona), Hong Kong (Better Days), Iran (Sun Children), Ivory Coast (Night of the Kings), Mexico (I’m No Longer Here), Norway (Hope), Romania(Collective), Russia (Dear Comrades),Taiwan (A Sun) and Tunisia (The Man Who Sold His Skin).