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‘All That Breathes,’ and ‘Mariupolis 2’ Win Documentary Awards at Cannes

‘All That Breathes,’ and ‘Mariupolis 2’ Win Documentary Awards at Cannes

‘All That Breathes,’ and ‘Mariupolis 2’ Win Documentary Awards at Cannes
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All That Breathes, a documentary about a pair of brothers committed to protecting birds of prey based in New Delhi and directed by Shaunak Sen, has received the L’il d’or, or Golden Eye Award, for best documentary at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Sen’s film follows Nadeem and Saud, two working-class men in New Delhi who have run a makeshift bird hospital in their house since 2003, caring for injured birds of prey in the very polluted air above the city.

All That Breathes had its world premiere at Sundance and received the World Cinema award for best documentary. The film was taken up by HBO Documentary Films and screened as a special screening at Cannes.

The Golden Eye jury, which included Agnieszka Holland, Iryna Tsilyk, Pierre Deladonchamps, Alex Vicente, and Hicham Falah, stated they awarded the top prize 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. It’s an inspirational journey in observation of three Don Quixotes who may not save the whole world but do save their world.”

Mariupolis 2, a follow-up to Mantas Kvedaravicius’ 2016 film Mariupolis, an investigation of Ukrainian society living under the prospect of war, received the jury’s Special Award. During the filming of Mariupolis 2 in Ukraine, Kvedaravicius was slain by the Russian army. Hanna Bilobrova, Kvedaravicius’ Ukrainian partner, finished the film.

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Jury noted, “Our special prize goes to the film impossible to compare with any other from the competition. To the very radical, courageous, artistic and existential statement Mariupolis 2. The director Mantas Kvedaravicius is among the thousands of civilians killed by the Russian army since the start of the full-scale Putin invasion.”

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