‘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