All That Breathes: Indian Documentary to Screen at Cannes Film Festival 2022

All That Breathes, the documentary from the Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen, will screen in the Special Screening segment at the upcoming Cannes Film festival. The organizers announced this on Thursday, as they unveiled the official line-up of the film gala. The 10-day festival looked upon as one of the prestigious gatherings of global cinema talent, will also witness Hollywood spectacles like Top Gun: Maverick and the Elvis Presley biopic in its 75th edition. 

All That Breathes will premiere at the graceful gathering, as confirmed by the organizers while the announcement was live-streamed on their official Twitter page. The 90-minute long documentary features siblings Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have invested their lives to rescue and treat injured birds, especially the Black Kites.

The Indian Documentary All That Breathes to Screen at the Cannes Film Festival

Working out of their derelict basement in Wazirabad, the Delhi brothers become the main focus of the movie, All That Breathes and their story comes out to tell a larger snapshot of the city, where the air is toxic and the ground is in a fury of social turmoil. 

In January, the movie won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film festival, a film gala that encourages independent filmmakers. It is Sen’s second directorial after the applauded 2015 Cities of Sleep, which displayed the homeless scouting for places to sleep in the capital. 

There is no Indian movie in the Un Certain Regard section but neighbor country Pakistan’s Joyland, the Salim Sadiq written and directed movie features in the segment. The director was previously rewarded with the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film for Darling at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. 

The Premiere section of the film festival will witness titles like Nos Frangins by Rachid Bouchareb, Nightfall directed by Marco Bellocchio, Panos H Koutras’ Dodo, and the Irma Vero series, directed by Oliver Assayas. 

The 75th edition of the glamourous film festival will run through May 28.

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