Indian documentary to be screened at Cannes 2022

Shaunak Sen’s All that Breathes makes it to Cannes 2022 line up

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April 16, 2022

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Indian documentary to be screened at Cannes 2022

Shaunak Sen's All That Breathes makes it to Cannes (Photo: Twitter)

Cannes Film Festival 2022 has included Indian film maker Shaunak Sen's documentary‘ All That Breathes’ in its line up of selected films to be screened at the event.

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Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s documentary All That Breathes is set to premiere in the Special Screening segment at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, say the organisers of the world’s leading film festival at a press conference in Paris.

According to Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux films for the 75th edition of Cannes have been chosen from amongst 2,200 films. Of these, a total of 48 films made the cut in various categories, including Sen’s film, which is also the only Indian film to be premiered in any category this year.

All That Breathes is about two siblings, Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have devoted their lives to rescue and treat injured birds, especially the Black Kites, who are increasingly getting wounded due to the pollution in capital city, Delhi.

In January, the 90-minute-long film had won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, a film gala that promotes independent cinema and filmmakers. The film is Sen’s second directorial after his acclaimed 2016 documentary Cities of Sleep, which was about the homeless scouting for places to sleep in the capital.

Noted actor Tom Cruise leads the star appeal at Cannes 2022 with a special screening of Top Gun: Maverick by Joseph Kosinski. A special tribute to Cruise is one of the main events at this year’s Cannes.

This year’s Cannes film festival’s opening film will be out-of- competition, Z (Comme Z) a comedic zombie movie directed by Michel Hazanavicius, director of the Palme d’Or winning movie, The Artist back in 2011.
In the competition category, there are a total of 18 films including Holy Spider by Ali Abbasi, Les Amandiers by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Stars At Noon by Claire Denis.

Jerry Lee Lewis by Ethan Coen and Trouble in Mind by Sergei Lozints are the two other films set to premiere on the special sessions segment along with All that Breathes. The Cannes International Film is scheduled to run from May 17 to 28.

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