A Gujurati film called “Chhello Show” has been chosen as India’s submission for the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards.
“Chhello Show” translates to “Last Film Show”.
It has been described as a coming-of-age story focusing on a young boy living in an Indian village.
It also celebrates the magic of movies, as it is set against the backdrop of cinemas transitioning from celluloid to digital.
“Chhello Show” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2021 and is now set to hit Indian theatres on October 14th 2022.
Talking about the film being chosen as India’s entry for 2023 Oscars, director Pan Nalin issued a statement saying, “I could have never imagined such a day would come and bring light and celebration of light. “Chhello Show” has been enjoying love from around the world but there was an ache in my heart that how do I make India discover it? Now I can breathe again and believe in cinema that entertains, inspires and enlightens! Thank you FFI, Thank you Jury.”
For this category at the Oscars, a number of entries have already been submitted by countries around the world, with a shortlist of 15 to be announced on December 21st.
The five nominees will then be unveiled on January 24th 2023, with the 95th Academy Awards to take place on March 12th 2023.
Watch the film’s official trailer: