‘All That Breathes’, an Indian documentary by the Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen, got a special screening at the film festival on Monday. The documentary saw a stellar reception from the audiences at Cannes for justifying beautifully a very sensitive issue of air pollution.
The documentary film is about Delhi’s air pollution. This is the film’s victory lap as it was first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2022 where it won an award – the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.
The film revolves around two brothers Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad who take up the task of treating injured birds.
The 90-minute long film is Sen’s second directorial after the acclaimed 2016 ‘Cities of Sleep’, which was about the homeless scouting for places to sleep in the capital.
The film’s synopsis reads – In one of the world’s most populated cities, the kite brothers operate a makeshift bird hospital in their tiny basement. The brothers treat thousands of black kites each month because these fascinating birds are rejected from established bird hospitals as their predatory meat diet is seen as non-vegetarian. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between this Muslim family and the neglected kite forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and rising social tensions.
‘All That Breathes’ and Pratham Khurana’s short film ‘Nauha’ in Le Cinef (a competition for film schools) is India’s only cinematic representation at the main festival.
The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which kick-started on May 17, concludes on May 28.
Cannes is one of the most notable film festivals in the world and the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is currently underway. Besides Indian celebrities on Canne’s red carpet, six films from the country which got their premieres at Cannes were the matter of talk.
Cannes Film Festival 2022: Official selection
Les Amandiers, director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Holy Spider, director: Ali Abbasi
Crimes Of The Future, director: David Cronenberg
Stars At Noon, director: Claire Denis
Frère Et Soeur, director: Arnaud Desplechin
Tori And Lokita, director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Armageddon Time, director: James Gray
Close, director: Lukas Dhont
Broker, director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
RMN, director: Cristian Mungiu
Triangle Of Sadness, director: Ruben Ostlund
Showing Up, director: Kelly Reichardt
Decision To Leave, director: Park Chan-wook
Nostalgia, director: Mario Martone
Tchaikovski’s Wife, director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Boy From Heaven, director: Tarik Saleh
Leila’s Brothers, director: Saeed Roustaee
Eo, director: Jerzy Skolimowski
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Les Pires, director: Lisa Akoka, Romane Gueret
Burning Days, director: Emin Alper
Metronom, director: Alexandru Belc
All The People I’ll Never Be, director: Davy Chou
Sick Of Myself, director: Kristoffer Borgli
Domingo And The Mist, director: Ariel Escalante Meza
Plan 75, director: Hayakawa Chie
Beast, director: Riley Keough, Gina Gammell