Melbourne: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne that went virtual due to the pandemic in its 11th edition, will be screening a host of carefully curated regional films of these nine are Malayalam movies.
From the critically lauded Jallikattu and Moothon the package includes Oru Rathri Oru Pakal by Prathap Joseph,Run Kalyani by Geetha J and Bijukumar Damodaran's film Veyilmarangal. The festival will also screen the animation film Watchmaker At Time's End by Shaheen Sheriff. There are three short films - 21 March 2014 by Ritwik Deepa, Poombatta (Butterfly) by Prathyush Chandran and Noolu (The Thread) by Nehjul Huda.
Jallikattu by Lijo Jose Pellissery starring Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abusamad is amongst the most awaited watches at the festival. Telling the story of a buffalo slaughtering ritual that goes chaotic when the animal gets unleashed into the village, the film explores a love triangle, a communal dispute with a delirious end.
Following suit is Geethu Mohandas' Moothon that stars Nivin Pauly, Shashank Arora, Sanjana Dipu and Sobhita Dhulipala. Telling the story of young boy who sets off from Lakshadweep in search of his elder brother, the film is a tale of discovery and yearning for what the heart seeks.
Oru Rathri Oru Pakal by Prathap Joseph starring Yamuna Chungappalli, Mari, Sarath Buho, Lennon Gopin, the film is a heartwarming tale of love and loss.
Run Kalyani by Geetha J starring Gargi Ananthan, Ramesh Varma, Meera Nair, Manoj Menon is a gently beguiling debut feature fiction film which is both a poetic and a realistic drama about duties, dreams and desires.
Bijukumar Damodaran's film Veyilmarangal starring Indrans, Prakash Bare, Saritha Kukku, Master Govardhan, Krishnan Balakrishnan, Ashok Kumar, Melwyn Williams, Nariyapuram Venu is the story of a Dalit family comprising of a man, his wife, and their son live in a backwater island in Kerala.