Indian filmmaker Shaunak Sen bags top documentary award at Cannes

'All That Breathes' is the story of two brothers who treat injured birds.


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Published: Sun 29 May 2022, 4:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 29 May 2022, 4:03 PM

Filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s documentary All That Breathes has won the 2022 L’Oeil d’Or, the festival’s top prize for documentaries at Cannes 2022.

Sharing the update, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur took to Twitter and wrote, “Congratulations to Indian filmmaker Shaunak Sen for the conferment of ‘L’Oeil d’or’ award for his documentary “All That Breathes” at Cannes Film Festival. I am sure, this will inspire other Indian documentary makers to make it big at the world stage.”

He also dropped a picture featuring Shaunak lifting the award.

The 90-minute long film was chosen the winner by the jury, comprising Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, Ukrainian writer-director Iryna Tsilyk, French actor Pierre Deladonchamps, journalist Alex Vicente, and Moroccan writer-filmmaker Hicham Falah.

Shaunak’s directorial revolves around the lives of siblings Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who work out of their derelict basement in Delhi’s Wazirabad, to rescue and treat injured birds, especially black kites.

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