Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Malayalam film ‘Chola’ is headed to Venice Film Festival

A scene from "Chola."

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s upcoming film “Chola” has been selected to screen at the Venice Film Festival, one of the oldest and among the three biggest film festivals in the world.

The film, starring Joju George, Nimisha Sajayan, and newcomer Akhil Vishwanath, will be competing in the Orissonti category, which will be run concurrently with the main competition category. The Orissonti category aims to introduce the world to new trends in filmmaking.

According to new reports, Sasidharan will attend the screening along with the lead actors.

“Chola,” which will be screened at the festival under its English title “Shadow of Water,” is the only Indian entry among the 19 international films selected.

Meanwhile, Gitanjali Rao’s animation film “Bombay Rose” will open the festival’s Critics Week section.

Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s “Mathilukal” and “Nizhalkuthu” were the only Malayalam films which previously had the honor to be selected at the prestigious festival. In 2014, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi film “Court” had won best film award in the Orissonti category.

The festival will run from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9.

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