Cannes Film Festival 2022: Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes wins best documentary award

This is the second consecutive year that an Indian documentary has come home with this award. Last year, Payal Kapadia from Mumbai bagged the L’Oeil d’Or for her film, A Night of Knowing Nothing

author_img Team Indulge Published :  29th May 2022 08:17 PM   |   Published :   |  29th May 2022 08:17 PM
A still from ‘All That Breathes’, which follows the life of Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzaad

A still from ‘All That Breathes’, which follows the life of Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzaad

Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes won the L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) for the best documentary at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

This is the second consecutive year that an Indian documentary has come home with this award. Last year, Payal Kapadia from Mumbai bagged the L’Oeil d’Or for her film, A Night of Knowing Nothing.

All That Breathes reportedly follows the lives of two brothers — Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad — who run a bird hospital in New Delhi that is dedicated to rescuing injured black kites. The two ‘kite brothers’ take care of thousands of these birds, which struggle to fly due to Delhi’s smog-filled skies. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between the family and the neglected kites forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and deepening social fault lines, according to reports. The 90-minute documentary also picked up the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.

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In the award citation, the Cannes jury noted: “L’Oeil d’Or goes to a film that, in a world of destruction, reminds us that every life matters, and every small action matters. You can grab your camera, you can save a bird, you can hunt for some moments of stealing beauty, it matters (sic).”

The jury added: “It is an inspirational journey in observation of three Don Quixotes who may not save the whole world but do save their world (sic).”

All That Breathes is Sen’s second project after his 2016 documentary, Cities Of Sleep, about homeless people searching for a place to sleep in Delhi.

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