In a proud moment for India, Shaunak Sen’s Anything that breathes bagged the top documentary award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The poignant documentary follows two brothers, Nadeem and Saud, who take the initiative to save birds as pollution mounts and communalism permeates the country.
The documentary was selected for a special screening at the French Riviera Festival. He had previously won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Films at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired during HBO Documentary Films’ ongoing global event.
All That Breathes wins Cannes’ top documentary film award
According to a report by diversityFilmmaker from Delhi, Shaunak Sen’s All breathing won the Golden Eye – Cannes’ Top Documentary Award. The jury for the Golden Eye Award consisted of Agnieszka Holland, Iryna Tsilyk, Pierre Deladonchamps, Alex Vicente and Hicham Falah. About the film they said: “The Golden Eye goes to a film that reminds us in a world of destruction that every life matters and every little action counts.”
“You can grab your camera, you can save a bird, you can chase moments of stealing beauty, it counts. It is an inspiring journey of observation of three Don Quixotes who may not save the whole world but will save their world,” they concluded.
Congratulations began to pour in for the team at Anything that breathes for making the country proud at Cannes 2022. One netizen wrote: “This is the only news from Cannes I was hoping to share. Wishes come true. Zindabad. #AllThatBreathes (sic)”. A second user wrote: “The only Indian feature film to be officially selected at @Festival_Cannes (not counting the restored classics here!) will return with an award kudos to Indian filmmakers who have independently made the plunge. Last year #PayalKapadia won the same award for #documentary (sic)”.
It’s also important to note that Mumbai-based filmmaker Payla Kapadia won the Best Documentary Award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival A night of not knowing.
(Image: A still from All That Breathes/@TillotamaShome/Twitter)
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