Cannes Announces Official Festival Lineup, Indian Documentary ‘All That Breathes’ In Special Screening Section – The New Indian Express


NEW DELHI: Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s documentary “All That Breathes” will premiere in the special screening segment at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday as they revealed the official line-up for the gala movie.

The 10-day festival, considered one of the most prestigious gatherings of film talent from around the world, will also see Hollywood shows like “Top Gun: Maverick” and the Elvis Presley biopic in its 75th edition.

Delhi-based director Sen’s “All That Breathes” will premiere at the special screening segment of the festival, organizers said in an announcement that was broadcast live on their official Twitter page.

The 90-minute documentary follows brothers Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have dedicated their lives to rescuing and treating injured birds, especially Black Kites.

Working out of their abandoned basement in Wazirabad, the Delhi brothers become the central focus of the film and their story zooms out to document a larger snapshot of the city, where the air is toxic and the ground is in slow social upheaval.

In January, the film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, a film gala that promotes independent cinema and filmmakers.

It is Sen’s second director after 2016’s acclaimed “Sleep Cities,” which was about homeless people looking for places to sleep in the capital.

There is no Indian film in the Un Certain Regard section, but “Joyland,” from neighboring Pakistan, written and directed by filmmaker Saim Sadiq, appears in the segment.

The director previously won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film for “Darling” at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

As previously announced, Paramount-Skydance’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” starring Tom Cruise, and Warner Bros/Roadshow’s “Elvis,” directed by Baz Luhrmann with Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, will headline the red carpet. of the festival.

Cruise, who attended the Cannes Film Festival three decades ago for Ron Howard’s “Far And Away,” will also be honored with a special career tribute at the gala.

These two big-budget shows will screen in the Out of Competition segment along with George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing” from “Mad Max,” Cedric Jiminez’s “Novembre” and Nicolas Bedos’s “Masquerade.”

The gala will open on May 17 with “Z (Comme Z)” by Michel Hazanavicius, which will be screened Out of Competition.

Palme d’Or-winning Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda will return to the Croissette with “Broker,” his Korean-language debut starring Korean stars Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”), Bae Doona (“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”), Gang Dong-won (“Peninsula”), and Lee Ji-eun, better known by her stage name IU.

“Broker” is part of the Competition section along with “Decision to Leave” by South Korean master filmmaker Park Chan-wook.

Park, known for the “Vengeance” trilogy and “The Handmaiden,” won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for “Oldboy” and the Jury Prize for his vampire film “Thirst” in 2009.

“Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” by Ethan Coen and “The Natural History of Destruction” by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa are also part of the Special Screening schedule.

South Korean star Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut “Hunt” will premiere in the Midnight Screening section of the prestigious film gala.

A popular name in his native South Korea, Lee rose to international fame and recognition after his role as the 456th player Seong gi-hun in “Squid Game,” a Netflix survival drama series last September.

Quentin Dupieux’s “Fumer Fait Tousser” and Brett Morgen’s “Moonage Daydream” are also part of the Midnight Screening segment.

“Armageddon Time” by James Gray, “Stars At Noon” by Claire Denis, “Crimes of the Future” (David Cronenberg), “Les Amandiers” (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), “Showing Up” by Kelly Reichardt and “Boy From Heaven ” by Tarik Saleh is included in the total of 18 films in the Competition category.

There are 15 films on the Un Certain Regard list, which also includes “Les Pires” by directorial duo Lisa Akoka and Romane Gueret, Kristoffer Borgli’s “Sick Of Myself,” “Beast” directed by actor Riley Keough and Gina Gammell, “Plan 75” (Hayakawa Chie) and “Butterfly Vision” by Maksim Nakonechnyi, among others.

The Cannes Premiere section will see titles such as “Nos Frangins” by Rachid Bouchareb, “Nightfall” directed by Marco Bellocchio, “Dodo” by Panos H Koutras and the “Irma Vep” series by director Olivier Assayas.

The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will run until May 28.

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