Mammotty-Lijo Jose Pellissery combo's 'Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam' and Kunchacko Boban-Mahesh Narayanan film 'Ariyippu' will face off in the competition section of the 27th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK).
Ariyippu received International acclaim after it premiered in the 75th Locarno Film Festival and was nominated for Golden Leopard. At the same time, Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, yet to be released in theatres, has been lauded by critics for its unique filmmaking style. The film is the first-time collaboration between Mammootty and director Lijo Jose Pellissery.
IFFK, scheduled to be held from December 9-16, will also feature 12 films in the Malayalam Cinema Today category. The films are Aayirathonn Nunakal, Baaki Vannavar, 19 (1)(a), Normal, Great Depression, Bharthavum Bharyayum Maricha Randu Makkalum, Vettapattikalum Ottakkarum, Aanu, Dhabari Kyuruvi, Vazhakku, Pada, and Freedom Fight.