Indian documentary ‘All That Breathes’ gets a special screening at Cannes

‘All That Breathes’, an Indian documentary by Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen, had a special screening at the film festival on Monday. The documentary received a stellar reception from the public at Cannes for beautifully justifying the very sensitive issue of air pollution.

The documentary is about the air pollution of Delhi. This is the victory lap of the movie as it was first released in the Sundance Film Festival in 2022 where he won a prize: the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.

The film revolves around two brothers, Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who take on the task of treating injured birds.

The 90-minute feature film is Sen’s second director after 2016’s acclaimed ‘Cities of Sleep’, which was about homeless people looking for places to sleep in the capital.

The synopsis of the film reads: In one of the most populous cities in the world, the kite brothers operate a makeshift bird hospital in their small basement. The brothers treat thousands of black kites every month because these fascinating birds are turned away from established bird hospitals because their diet of predatory meat is considered non-vegetarian. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest increase, the relationship between this Muslim family and the abandoned kite forms a poetic chronicle of the collapse of the city’s ecology and rising social tensions.

Pratham Khurana’s ‘All That Breathes’ and short film ‘Nauha’ at Le Cinef (a competition for film schools) is the only Indian film representation at the main festival.

Take a look at the complete program of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival 2022:

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

Frere et Soeur, director: Arnaud Desplechin

Tori and Lokita, direction: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Armageddon Time, Director: James Gray

Close, director: Lukas Dhont

Runner, 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

Tchaikovsky’s Wife, director: Kirill Serebrennikov

Sky Boy, Director: Tarik Saleh

Leila’s brothers, director: Saeed Roustaee

Eo, director: Jerzy Skolimowski


Les Pires, director: Lisa Akoka, Romane Gueret

Burning Days, director: Emin Alper

Metronome, conductor: Alexandru Belc

All the People I’ll Never Be, director: Davy Chou

Sick with myself, director: Kristoffer Borgli

Sunday and the fog, director: Ariel Escalante Meza

Plan 75, director: Hayakawa Chie

Beast, director: Riley Keough, Gina Gammell

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