Fahadh’s Dileesh Pothan and Joji win grand prize at Swedish International Film Festival


The film won the award for best international film at SIFF 2021.

After garnering rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, the film Malayalam Joji recently won the Best International Film Award at the 2021 Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF). Director Dileesh Pothan’s ensemble cast included Fahadh Faasil, Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, Unnimaya Prasad and Basil Joseph, among others in pivotal roles. Sharing the update with fans, Bhavana Studios, the production banner funding the film wrote, “Great news from Sweden! JOJI won the award for best international feature film at the Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF) 2021. ”

SIFF is scheduled to take place October 25-31 this year. Upon receipt of the films submission, SIFF began the selection process with the announcement of an eligibility list, followed by the first round of selection and thereafter the list of film laureates selected for screening. Some of the films from the selected batch will be handpicked by the judges in Sweden and shown to an audience during the physical screening which will take place in October 2021. Screening dates have not yet been decided.

READ: “Joji” review: Fahadh and Dileesh Pothan deliver a brilliant adaptation of “Macbeth”

Directed by filmmaker Dileesh Pothan, Joji is written by Syam Pushkaran. The director-writer duo had teamed up earlier for acclaimed Malayalam film MahesPrathikaram index, which also featured actor Fahadh in the lead role. Meanwhile, Dileesh had also directed the critically acclaimed film Driks Thondimuthalumakshiyum, with Fahadh in a central role. Speaking about Joji in a previous interview with TNM, Fahadh Faasil mentioned that this was by far the most difficult role the actor has played.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Joji premiered on the Amazon Prime Video Over-the-Top (OTT) platform on April 7 of this year. Speaking to TNM earlier, director Dileesh spoke about how the team have been influenced by the play’s ideologies. “I was inspired by Macbeth. We were influenced by the ideologies of the play. We came to Joji because we felt these ideologies are also present in Kerala today. It was an attempt to explore them. possibilities of these ideologies in the current social scenario. The excitement of reading Macbeth led us to this plot, and we sincerely followed and developed it. But we were not adamant that Joji should match Macbeth from every way, ”Dileesh said.

Watch the trailer for Joji here:

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