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Shaunak Sen’s doc ‘All That Breathes’ wins high Sundance prize, director says ‘feels surreal’


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Shaunak Sen’s ‘All That Breathes’ wins high Sundance prize

Filmmaker Shaunak Sen says he’s “unequivocally overwhelmed” after his documentary “All That Breathes” received the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary on the not too long ago concluded Sundance Movie Pageant. The 2022 version of the competition, which was held just about, noticed juries select one of the best from the 84 function and 59 brief films– chosen from 14,849 submissions.

The Delhi-based filmmaker’s documentary is about towards the “darkening” backdrop of the capital’s “apocalyptic air and escalating violence” and chronicles how two brothers commit their lives to “defend one casualty of the turbulent instances: the chook generally known as the Black Kite”.

In an announcement video posted by the official Twitter account of Sundance Movie Pageant on Saturday, Sen mentioned he was thrilled with the massive win. “I’m completely speechless and totally beaming… The movie merely got here into existence to a big half due to Sundance help. I’m unequivocally overwhelmed and thrilled.

“From your entire group to everyone at Sundance, we won’t thanks sufficient. It feels totally surreal and absurd. I really feel like there isn’t any non-cliche means of claiming this, however I can not thanks sufficient,” he mentioned within the video.

The World Cinema Documentary Competitors jury included filmmaker Daybreak Porter, Emilie Bujes and Patrick Gaspard.

In her quotation for the 90-min docu, Bujes described “All That Breathes” as a “poetic movie” which delivers an “pressing political story”.

“Whereas setting up a singular and loving portrait of protagonists resisting seemingly inevitable ecological catastrophe – with humorous touches punctuated by unsentimental depiction of the animal kingdom.

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“For sustaining its suspenseful rigidity when portraying the inside struggles of its characters and the contradictions in spirituality and materialism they confront, we current the [World Cinema] Grand Jury Prize to ‘All That Breathes,'” it learn.

“All That Breathes” is produced by Sen, Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer.

Filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu’s “Nanny”, starring Anna Diop and Michelle Monaghan, bagged the US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic whereas the US Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was offered to filmmaker Ben Klein and Violet Columbus for “The Exiles”.

The World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic was offered to Alejandro Loayza Grisi for “Utama”.

Hollywood star Dakota Johnson-starrer “Cha Cha Actual Easy” bagged the Viewers Award: US Dramatic. Directed by Cooper Raiff, the movie follows a directionless school graduate embarking on a relationship with a younger mother and her teenage daughter whereas studying the boundaries of his new bar mitzvah party-starting gig.

The Pageant Favourite award was offered to the director: Daniel Roher for “Navalny”, a fly-on-the-wall documentary thriller about anti-authoritarian Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny. 



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