The biggest recognition for any film made apart from the box-office collection it achieves are the awards won. The joy is doubled when you win not only National awards but also International ones. Malayalam movies have for years featured in International film festivals and have also won a few prestigious International Film Festival awards. Many films are made over the years but a few of these get noticed abroad as well. A few have stood out at International film festivals. Here is a list of films that made us proud at the international film circuit by winning on such big platforms:
Mathilukal, directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, tells the story of writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (played by Mammootty) who gets arrested due to his open objection of the British imperialistic control of his homeland. The film was well received at the Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Prize and UNICEF Award in 1990 and in the same year won the OCIC Award. It also won an award for the best film at Aubervilliers International Children's Film Festival in 2002.
Directed by Shaji N. Karun, Swaham revolves around a woman named Annapoorna (Ashwini) who lives with her son and daughter. The film received widespread recognition when it released and was even screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Bronze Roasa Cammuna at Bergamo Film Meeting in Italy and the Best Film Award at Innsbruck Film Festival in Austria.
Elippathayam is considered to be one of the most outstanding films in the history of Malayalam cinema and rightly so. The story of the film revolves around the protagonist who is unable to comprehend the changes brought about by the feudal system in Kerala. The film is directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and has won the Sutherland Trophy at the London film festival and also the British Film Institute Award for theMost Original and Imaginative film shown at the National film theatre in 1982. It was also shown at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair, Ottaal (2016), which narrates the story of an old fisherman and his grandson, was named as the Best Film by children's jury at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, and has been honored with the Crystal Bear award in the Generation Kplus section. The movie is an adaptation of the Russian writer, Anton Chekhov’s short story Vanaka. The film was also screened at the Mumbai Film Festival and the International Film Festival of Kerala.
Directed by Shaji N. Karun, Vanaprasthan is a 1999 Indian-French-German co-production that won the special prize of the jury at the Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey. The film revolves around the lower-caste Kathakali artist Kunhikuttan played by Mohanlal and Subhadra played by Suhasini, who is a member of an aristocratic family. Mohanlal’s performance in this film is believed to be one of his best till date.