Oscars 2024: Malayalam Film '2018 Everyone is a Hero' Selected for 96th Academy Awards
In a proud moment for Indian cinema, the Malayalam survival drama '2018: Everyone is a Hero' has been selected as India's official entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 96th Academy Awards. This distinction marks only the fourth time that a Malayalam film has received this prestigious honor, underscoring the industry's growing international recognition.
Directed by Jude Anthany Joseph, '2018: Everyone is a Hero' unfolds against the backdrop of the catastrophic 2018 Kerala floods, paying tribute to the resilience and unity of the people who confronted this devastating calamity. Unlike many survival films that focus primarily on the trauma of the situation, this film distinguishes itself through its technical brilliance and a narrative approach that places the affected individuals at the forefront, delving into their personal struggles and triumphs.
The multi-starrer movie offers a compelling portrayal of the harrowing circumstances faced by individuals as they battled for survival during the devastating floods in the state. Its selection as India's official entry for the Academy Awards underscores the film's powerful storytelling and cinematic prowess.
Last year, India's official Oscar submission was 'Chhello Show' which, although not nominated, contributed to a landmark year for Indian cinema. "Naatu Naatu" from the film "RRR" won the Best Original Song category, and "The Elephant Whisperers" secured the Best Documentary Short Subject award. Furthermore, Shaunak Sen's "All That Breathes" received a nomination for Best Documentary Feature.
The 96th Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on March 10 next year.
- PTC PUNJABI