Lijo Jose Pellissery
India | 2017 | 120 min | Malayalam
3:15 pm, 2 Nov, Hermann Gmeiner Auditorium





Set in a Keralan-Catholic fishing village, this naturalistic satire revolves around the sudden death of master mason Vavachan upon his return from a long journey. Before he passes away, Vavachan shares with his son Eesy memories of his own father’s magnificent funeral, and Eesy undertakes to arrange something equally impressive, with a pricey casket, traditional rituals and spectacular procession. But the plan is met with a series of challenges—from a rumour-monger who insinuates foul play in Vavachan’s death, a carpenter who produces defective coffins, a greedy moneylender, unhelpful officials and even Vavachan’s family. Building to an emotional climax, Ee. Ma. Yau. is overlain with the spectral atmosphere of a maritime culture that has drawn its economic survival, cultural sustenance and spiritual traditions from a long and tumultuous history of colonial conquests. The film’s title is a contraction of Eesho Mariyam Yauseppe—a prayer whispered into the ears of the deceased.


  • Lijo Jose Pellissery

    Lijo Jose Pellissery

    Born in Chalakudy, Kerala, Lijo Jose Pellissery holds a BA in marketing and a master’s in business administration from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Bangalore. Having begun his career making short films, Lijo moved into Malayalam-language features, debuting with the crime drama Nayakan (2010), which he followed with City of God (2011). His third feature, the black comedy Amen (2013), was a commercial success at the Kerala box office and was succeeded by the experimental Double Barrel (2015). Lijo’s critically and commercially successful crime drama, Angamaly Diaries, which featured 86 debutant actors, was released in 2017 and screened here at DIFF.


Producer - Aashiq Abu
Director - Lijo Jose Pellissery
Music - Prashant Pillai
Editor - Deepu Joseph
Screenplay - P.F. Mathews


Jagran Film Festival 2018
Kerala State Film Awards 2018: Best Director, Best Sound Design