The Indian documentary “All that breathes” in special screening at Cannes

New Delhi: Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s documentary “All That Breathes” will premiere in the special screening segment at the upcoming Cannes film festivalthe organizers announced Thursday by unveiling the official program of the gala of the film.

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

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

The 90-minute documentary follows siblings Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have dedicated their lives to saving and caring for injured birds, especially Black Kites.

Working from their abandoned basement in Wazirabad, the Delhi brothers become the film’s focal point and their story zooms out to document a larger snapshot of the city, where the air is toxic and the ground is on a smoldering of social unrest.

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

It is Sen’s second directing after 2016’s famous “Cities of Sleep,” which was about the search for homeless people to find places to sleep in the capital.

There are no Indian films in the Un Certain Regard section, but “Joyland,” a neighboring country to Pakistan, written and directed by filmmaker Saim Sadiq, features 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 starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks will headline the festival’s red carpet.

Cruise, who attended the Cannes Film Festival three decades ago for Ron Howard’s “Far And Away,” will also be honored with a special tribute to his career 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 “November” and Nicolas Bedos’ “Masquerade.”

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

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, winner of the Palme d’or, will return to the Croisette with “Broker”, his first film in Korean with 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 in the Competition section along with “Decision to Leave” by South Korean 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 selection.

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

Lee, a popular name in his native South Korea, gained international fame and acclaim after his role as player number 456 Seong gi-hun in Netflix survival drama series “Squid Game” last September.

“Smoking Makes You Cough” by Quentin Dupieux and “Moonage Daydream” by Brett Morgen 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 part of the total line-up of 18 films in the Competition category.

The Un Certain Regard list includes 15 films, including “Les Pires” by director duo Lisa Akoka and Romane Gueret, “Sick Of Myself” by Kristoffer Borgli, “Beast” starring 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 series “Irma Vep” by director Olivier Assayas.

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

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