Lijo Jose Pellissery is an Indian film director and actor who predominantly works in Malayalam Cinema. Known for his unconventional approach in directing, his films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, aestheticization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue and very long takes. He is a recipient of the Best Director Award at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards for Ee.Ma.Yau, Best Director Award at the 50th Kerala State Film Awards for Jallikattu, Best Film Award at the 44th Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for Jallikattu and twice recipient of Silver Peacock for the Best Director at the 49th International Film Festival of India and 50th International Film Festival of India for his films Ee.Ma.Yau and Jallikattu respectively. He also received the Silver Crow Pheasant Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of Indian Cinema.
Pellissery made his debut in 2010 with the crime film Nayakan and followed it up with the crime-drama City of God (2011) and the black comedy satire Amen (2013), the last mentioned, a commercial success at the Kerala box office. His fourth film, Double Barrel, an experimental film received only mixed reviews. His fifth film was again a crime-gangster film Angamaly Diaries (2017), starring almost 90 new actors, which preceded Ee.Ma.Yau, released in 2018. His latest movie Jallikkattu premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In November 2020, Jallikkattu was announced as the Indian entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.