2018: India’s Official Entry for Oscars 2024 in Best International Feature Film Category

India has officially announced its entry for the 2024 Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category. The film is 2018, a Malayalam-language epic survival drama about the severe 2018 Kerala floods that devastated the state. [1]

The film, directed by Jude Anthany Joseph and written by Joseph and Akhil P. Dharmajan, stars Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Narain and Lal with an ensemble supporting cast. The film follows the lives of several characters who are affected by the floods in different ways, and how they overcome the challenges and help each other. [1]

The film was released on 5 May 2023 and received critical acclaim and commercial success. It grossed over ₹200 crore (US$25 million) at the box office, to emerge as the highest-grossing Malayalam film of all-time and one of the highest grossing Indian film of 2023. [1] The film was praised for its realistic portrayal of the disaster, its emotional impact, its technical excellence and its social message. [2]

2018 is the first Malayalam film to be selected as India’s official entry for the Oscars after a long time. The last Malayalam film to be submitted was Adaminte Makan Abu in 2011, which failed to make the shortlist. [3] India has not won an Oscar in this category yet, but has been nominated three times for Mother India (1957), Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001). [4]

The film will compete with other entries from around the world for a spot in the final five nominees, which will be announced on 25 January 2024. The 94th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on 24 February 2024 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. [5]

Sources:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_%28film%29

[2] https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10888594/

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Malayalam_films_of_2018

[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Indian_submissions_for_the_Academy_Award_for_Best_International_Feature_Film

[5] https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2024

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