Cinema should be categorised only as good cinema & bad cinema: Lijo Jose Pellissery


Panaji, Nov 26 (UNI) Lijo Jose Pellissery, director of Malayalam film ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’, on Monday said that cinema should not be categorised as regional, national, commerical and paralle.

Addressing a press conference at Media Centre at 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, he said film should be categorised just as good cinema and bad cinema and it would be easier for film makers and audience.

On the role of music in his film ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’, Lijo said though music score was used only in the last 30 to 40 seconds of the film, the ambient sound was treated more or less like music.

“Whatever sound is there in cinema is all atmospheric and part of the ambience”, he said.

Replying to a question, he described that long-shot sequences used in cinema can ensure that the emotions and entire array of events are not missed out in the scene.

‘Ee.Ma.Yau’ is a stunning satire on death and how it affects human lives. Set in Chellanam, a coastal village in Kerala, the film kicks off with the death of an old man named Vavachan Mestri. Vavachan, a master mason belonging to the Latin Catholic community in Kerala, shares memories of his father’s burial with his son Eesy. He expresses the desire for a grand funeral for himself which Eesy promises. After Vavachan’s sudden death, Eesy tries to arrange a good funeral for him but her effort is met with unpredictable obstacles and reactions from different quarters. Subsequent events bring the fore conflict within the family and the deep ethical crisis simmering in the community. The film’s title is an abbreviation of “Eesho Mariyam Yauseppe”, which in some Christian communities, is a prayer whispered in the ears of the deceased.

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Lijo Jose Pellissery won the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards for ‘Ee.Ma.Yau’.

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