Toronto, Sep 7 : A film from India which depicts savagery within society.and another from Bangladesh about the struggle for empowerment of women have premiered at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.
'Jallikattu' by Malayalam director Lijo Jose Pellissery and 'Made in Bangladesh' by Rubaiyat Hossain had their world premieres at the prestigious Contemporary World Cinema programme of the 11-day fest on Friday. Both directors and their film crew were present on the occasion. Set in Idukki district of Kerala, 'Jallikattu' tells the story of a village plunging into violence after a buffalo escapes from a butcher. Pellissery, known for his previous works such as 'Angamaly Diaries' (2017) and 'Ee. Ma. Yau' (2018), told a Q & A session after the screening last night that his new film was about the narrowing gap between "the man and the beast.''
Adapted from a short story, 'Maoist', written by Malayalam author S Hareesh, 'Jallikattu' assembles a largely non-professional cast to show how men bring out the worst in them by hunting the animal down."Most of these men are workers of nearby tea gardens," said Pellissery, who bagged the Best Director Silver Peacock award at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, last year for 'Ee. Ma. Yau.'
"Pellissery and his collaborators have composed an apocalyptic cinematic symphony in which our moral and social fabrics are revealed as threadbare," says TIFF co-head and artistic director Cameron Bailey. "There are dark desires underneath, and we are vulnerable to the ungovernable vagaries of nature," adds Bailey.
Not related to the controversial Jallikattu spectacle where participants try to tame a bull in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, the 91-minute film demonstrates the savagery within a society. As the buffalo breaks free and runs amok, villagers come together for the hunt where the distinction between man and the beast dissipates. (UNI)