“All That Breathes” is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary

“All That Breathes” is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary

“All That Breathes” is nominated for a Best Documentary BAFTA Award

January 24 (Chevy Chase, MD)-HHMI Tangled Bank Studios in association with Rise Films, Kiterabbit Films, Sideshow, Submarine Deluxe and HBO Documentary Films, is thrilled to announce that fresh off the heels of a BAFTA nomination for Best Documentary, “All That Breathes,” the first film to win Best Documentary at both Sundance and Cannes, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2022, “All That Breathes” poignant story and breathtaking cinematography continues to captivate audiences around the world. Recently, it added Outstanding Nonfiction Feature and Outstanding Cinematography from Cinema Eye Honors; and Best Feature Documentary, Best Director, Best Editing, and the special Pare Lorentz awards from the International Documentary Association to its long list of accolades, which includes the London Film Festival Grierson Award, Best Documentary from the Gotham Film & Media Institute, a Producers Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Producer, and being included on the shortlist at DOC NYC.

Set in the polluted city of New Delhi, the film’s moving story follows Nadeem and Saud, two brothers living in a working-class Muslim neighborhood, who have devoted their lives to a bird-the black kite. From the basement of their family business, they rescue tens of thousands of these mesmeric creatures that drop daily from the thick grey skies, and dream of someday building a proper wildlife hospital. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate in New Delhi, the bond between this Muslim family and the neglected kite forms a poignant chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and rising social tension.

“We are incredibly proud to see that ‘All That Breathes’ inspiring story of hope and resilience has had such a large impact around the world,” said Head of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Sean B. Carroll. “Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the power of the film’s message and we are honored to share this achievement with Shaunak and this team of amazing filmmakers.” 

Garnering attention from the NY Times who selected it as a Critics’ Pick, the LA Times who called the film “the most beautifully realized documentary in recent memory,” Guardian who said it was a “complex, thoughtful, beautifully realized film,” and many more. “All That Breathes” wrapped up its premiere year on dozens of Best of Year lists from Time Magazine, Vogue, Vox, IndieWire, Slate, and the LA Times. 

“All That Breathes” is one of five films nominated for Best Documentary at the 95th Academy Awards. Winners will be announced on March 12 at 8 pm during a live broadcast.

The BAFTA awards will take place on February 19 during a live broadcast on the BBC.

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HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a mission-driven production company that crafts exceptional films where science is a lens for making sense of our world, while inspiring awe and wonder. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the studio, a vision of biologist and acclaimed author Sean B. Carroll, is uniquely positioned to shine a light on some of the most significant scientific challenges and breakthroughs of our time. Recent films include Emmy Award-winners The Serengeti Rules and The Farthest – Voyager In Space; Emmy-nominated Nature’s Fear Factor and My Garden of a Thousand Bees; Peabody Award-winner Inventing Tomorrow; and Oscar-nominated All That Breathes, the only documentary to win best documentary at both Sundance and Cannes. To extend the reach and impact of each film, the studio undertakes educational and public outreach efforts in partnership with mission-focused organizations. For more information, please visit WWW.TANGLEDBANKSTUDIOS.ORG.