Jude Anthany Joseph's 2018: Everyone is a Hero was India’s official entry into the category of the Best International Feature Film of the 96th Academy Awards.
Jude Anthany Joseph, Poster of 2018 | Photo: Instagram/ judeanthanyjoseph
Director Jude Anthany Joseph has apologised to the fans for the exclusion of his film, 2018: Everyone is a Hero, from the shortlist for Oscar 2024. The survival drama was India’s official entry into the category of the Best International Feature Film of the 96th Academy Awards.
In a social media post, he wrote, “The Oscar shortlist has been unveiled, and regrettably, our film "2018—Everyone Is A Hero” did not secure a spot among the final 15 films out of the 88 international language films from across the globe. I sincerely apologise to all my well-wishers and supporters for disappointing you all.”
“Nevertheless, the opportunity to represent India in this competition has been a dream-like journey that I will cherish for a lifetime. Being the highest-grossing film and the official Indian entry to the Oscars is a rare achievement in any filmmaker’s career,” he added.
Jude expressed gratitude to the audience, technicians, artists, and producers for contributing to the success for this film. Additionally, he thanked all Indian filmmakers, including Rajamouli, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Resul Pookkutty, Anurag Kashyap, Sidharth Roy Kapoor, and Guneet Monga for their support as Indian filmmakers.
“A special expression of gratitude to the Film Federation of India, particularly Sir Ravi Kottarakkara, for their boundless support, love, and for selecting our film as India’s official entry,” he wrote.
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The post had best wishes to all the finalists and a special mention to Sol Tryon, producer of the Armenian film Amerikatsi, which has made it into the shortlist. “The inception of the next dream begins today, as the Oscars await, and I am poised to be present. Until we meet, dear Oscar,” he continued.
2018: Everyone is a Hero, which is based on the real incidents during the 2018 Kerala floods, was released on May 5 this year. Tovino Thomas, Indrans, Asif Ali, Lal, Kunchacko Boban, Narain, and Vineeth Sreenivasan played the lead roles in this movie, bankrolled by Anto Joseph, Venu Kunnappilly, and C K Padmakumar under the banner of Kavya Film Company and P K Prime Production Producers.