The Film Federation of India has chosen the Malayalam film “2018” to represent India in the Best International Film category at the 96th Academy Awards in March 2024. The announcement was made by Girish Kasaravalli, a well-known filmmaker and chairman of the selection committee.
“2018” is a movie directed by Jude Anthany Joseph that tells the story of the disastrous floods that hit Kerala in 2018. The film lasted for 150 minutes and instantly became a hit with the masses. It depicted the struggles of families, pregnant women, and elderly people during the calamity.
Tovino Thomas, in a public statement, shared, “Being chosen as India’s official entry for the Oscars is truly an incredible recognition for our film. It’s not just a moment of pride for me as an actor, but for the entire team that poured their heart and soul into this project. 2018 is a reflection of the resilience and indomitable spirit of the people of Kerala in the face of one of the most devastating natural disasters of our time. Through the film, we aim to remind everyone that amidst the chaos and destruction, there is always a glimmer of hope, and it’s the human spirit that shines the brightest. This nomination serves as a shining example of our collective efforts, and I am hopeful that it will resonate with the international audience, just as it did with our own.”