Shaunak Sen’s documentary All That Breathes has been awarded the 2022 L’Oeil d’Or, which is the festival’s top prize in documentaries


Shaunak Sen’s documentary All That Breathes has been awarded the 2022 L’Oeil d’Or, which is the festival’s top prize in documentaries

Shaunak Sen’s “All That Breathes”, an audience favourite at Cannes from the outset, won the 2022 L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) for the best documentary at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, making it two in succession for India.

“All That Breathes” is about two Delhi brothers Nadeem and Saud who, amid the city’s worsening air and deteriorating social fabric, devote their lives to saving migratory black kites that are at the mercy of mankind’s unthinking ways.

The film was screened as part of the festival’s Special Screenings line-up. It was reportedly the only Indian entry at the film festival this year.

The award was announced by a jury chaired by veteran Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland. The citation read: The 2022 L’Oeil d’Or goes to a film that, in a world of destruction, reminds us that every life matters, and every small action matters.

You can grab your camera, you can save a bird, you can hunt for some moments of stealing beauty, it matters.

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