‘All That Breathes’ Wins L’Oeil D’or Documentary Prize At Cannes; Doc By Filmmaker Killed In Ukraine Earns Special Award

of India all that breathes Following his victory by winning the top documentary honor at Cannes at the Sundance Film Festival.

film directed by Shaunak SenA pair of Muslim brothers in Delhi who devoted countless hours to restoring the health of ailing black kite birds earned the L’il d’Or (“Golden Eye”) award at a ceremony on Saturday did.

“From their makeshift bird hospital in their tiny basement, ‘Kite Bhai’ cares for the thousands of these enchanted creatures that fall daily from the misty skies of New Delhi,” the documentary’s description says. “As environmental toxicity and civil unrest increase, the relationship between this Muslim family and the neglected kite becomes a poetic history of the city’s crumbling ecology and rising social tensions.”

‘All That Breathe’ director Shaunak Sen
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The Golden Eye Jury, headed by filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, salutes all that breathes “To remind us that every life counts, and every little act counts. You can hold your camera, you can save a bird, you can hunt down a few moments to steal beauty, it counts.” It is an inspiring journey into the observation of three Don Quixotes who cannot save the whole world but can save their own world.”

Joining Hollande on the dock jury was Ukrainian filmmaker Irina Tsilek (the earth is blue as an orange), French actor Pierre Deladonchamps, journalist Alex Vicente, and Moroccan filmmaker Hicham Fallah. Jury awarded a special prize mariopolis 2, a documentary focusing on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In April, Russian military forces in Ukraine killed Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedravicius while filming. His fiancée, Hannah Bilobrova, completed the film after his death.

“Our special prize,” the jury wrote in a quote, “goes to a film impossible to compare with any other from the competition – for its very radical, daring, artistic and existentialist statement. mariopolis 2,

The L’Œil d’or Award was created in 2015 by LaScam, a French association of writers, directors, translators, photographers and others working in non-fiction media. It comes with a prize of 5,000 Euros. Past winners of the award include face location (2017) and for sambo (2019), both earned Oscar nominations.

all that breathes Will release in theaters in the fall. hbo documentary movies As Cannes got underway, it achieved worldwide television distribution; It will premiere on HBO and sister streaming platform HBO Max in 2023. In January this year, all that breathes Won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. It has also been screened at the Dokaiv Film Festival in Tel Aviv and the Kraków Film Festival in Poland.

Black kites fly in 'All That Breathe'
Black Kites Above in ‘All That Breaths’
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Brothers Mohammed Saud and Nadeem Shahzadas, stars all that breathes, has rehabilitated 20,000 black kites over the years. Birds suffer in Delhi’s intense pollution and face other threats in an attempt to survive in the metropolis. As birds of prey, they are meat eaters, which may bring them contempt from the Hindus of India, most of whom are vegetarians. The Muslim brothers do not object to the non-vegetarian diet of birds; In fact, they spend vast amounts of time grinding meat to nourish the birds.

A moment of poetic narration in the film observes, “It is said that feeding kites gives ‘sawaab’ (religious credit). When they eat meat, they remove your difficulties.”

It was the second consecutive L’il d’or win for an Indian documentary. the night of knowing nothingDirected by Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia, won last year. In another sign of the power of Indian documentary making, writing with fireA film by Indian directors Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, which focused on women journalists from India’s Dalit caste, earned an Oscar nomination earlier this year.