‘2018’, India’s official entry for Oscars 2024, to be released in 400 theatres in South America

As the Oscar nominations are around the corner, director Jude Anthony is in the USA for promotional activities.

BySouth First Desk

Published Nov 10, 2023 | 10:42 AMUpdatedNov 10, 2023 | 10:42 AM

A poster of the film 2018

In what could be termed a historic moment for Indian cinema, the Malayalam survival thriller 2018: Everyone is a Hero — India’s official entry to Oscars 2024 — is all set to be released in over 400 theatres in South America.

This screening is made possible by producers Venu Kunnappilly of Kavya Films and Marcelo Bonzi of MB Films.

In a statement, producer Venu Kunnappilly said he was excited about the first Indian theatrical release in South America. Indiewood Distribution Network, the film sales arm of Dubai-based Aries Group, opened the way for 2018 to South America.

He confirmed the sale of theatrical rights for Latin America in Latin languages and even shared a picture of the agreement signing moment.

About the release, Venu Kunnappilly said: “We are happy with the love and support we are getting from the global audience. It is incredible to know that the release of 2018 in Latin America will be a milestone for Indian cinema itself.”

He added, “Apart from culture, the film gives a social message that inspires the audience. I am sure it will enter the hearts of the South American audience.”

Related: Malayalam film ‘2018’ is India’s official entry for Oscars 2024

2018 has global relevance’

According to Maurizio Bonzi, CEO of MB Films, his mother is a fan of Indian films and it was his mother who inspired the venture.

Bonzi said he understands the global relevance of 2018.

“Situations like dam disasters and floods are a concern for all of us. It is a pleasure to introduce Indian cinema to South America through India’s best cinema,” he noted.

He added, “Beyond the awards, we were drawn to the message about climate change. We have faced similar challenges. Believe this film can open people’s eyes. We are planning to release in 2018 in at least 400 theatres in the first phase.”

Meanwhile, as the Oscar nominations are around the corner, 2018 director Jude Anthony is in the USA for film promotions.

The movie, based on the deadly 2018 Kerala floods, was critically acclaimed and also entered the ₹200-crore club.

The 16-member committee appointed by the Film Federation chose the Malayalam movie out of 22 films shortlisted for the Academy Awards 2024.

The movie had a stellar cast, including Tovino Thomas, Asif Ali, Kunchacko Boban, Aparna Balamurali, and Lal.

Related: ‘2018’ enters elite ₹100-crore club in 10 days