A crowd favorite at Cannes since its inception, All That Breathes by Shaunak Sen won the 2022 L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) for Best Documentary at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, making it India’s second consecutive film. . All This Breath is about two Delhi brothers, Nadim and Saud, who, amidst a crumbling city atmosphere and the deteriorating social fabric, dedicate their lives to saving the migratory black kites that are at the mercy of humankind’s unthinkable ways. The film was shown as part of the festival’s special screenings package. It is said to have been the only Indian entry at this year’s film festival.
The award was announced by a jury chaired by veteran Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Quote: The 2022 film L’Oeil d’Or Goes to Film, In a World of Destruction, reminds us that every life counts, every small act counts. You can grab your camera, you can rescue a bird, you can hunt down some beauty stealing moments, that’s important.
The quote described All Those Breaths as an inspiring journey in observing three Don Quixotes who may not save the entire world but they do save theirs. Sen’s win is India’s second at Cannes in two years. In 2021, Payal Kapadia’s “A Night of Knowing Nothing”, shown in parallel with the Semaine de la Critique (Cannes Critics Week), was awarded the L’Oeil d’Or.
“All Those Breaths” was competing with Chilean documentary director Patricio Guzman’s “MyImaginary Country” by Ethan Coen’s “Jerry Lee Lewis: A Problem with the Mind” and “The Natural History of Destruction” by Sergei Loznitsa, among other films. The jury of L’Oeil d’Or awarded a special posthumous award to Mantas Kvedaravicius for his film Mariupolis 2. The Lithuanian director was among the thousands of civilians killed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
The jury described “Mariopolis 2” as a film that is impossible to compare with any other film in the competition. It is also mentioned that the prize includes a cash prize of 5,000 euros (approximately 4.16 thousand rupees).
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