“All That Breathes” is an Official Selection of The Cannes Film Festival

Chevy Chase, MD (April 14, 2022)—HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is proud to announce its debut at The Cannes Film Festival with its newest film “All That Breathes.” Filmed in association with Rise Films and Kiterabbit Films, “All That Breathes” inspirational message has resonated with both audience and critics since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it received the prestigious Grand Jury Award.

The film’s striking cinematography and multifaceted story garnered praise from the New York Times, saying, “there’s no denying the movies power,” IndieWire calling it a “poetic environmental ode,” and a critic from the Hollywood Reporter saying the film was “one of the more dreamily provocative documentaries” he’d ever seen.

Set in the polluted city of New Delhi, “All That Breathes” 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.

I wanted to tell a story that switches between the very specific and the general, shuttling between something which makes you contemplate things that are big, and at the same time, something which is narrow,” said director Shaunak Sen. “As one of the only Indian film’s selected for Cannes, this experience has the potential to be utterly transformative. It gives me the visibility and reach, and kind of focused attention from across the world, that I simply could not anticipate.”

“All That Breathes” is one of only a handful of documentaries that have been designated as an “official selection” of The Cannes Film Festival. Celebrating is 75th anniversary, The Cannes Film Festival is one of Europe’s premier festivals that showcases films from all genres and will be taking place between May 17-28 in Cannes, France.

“We are proud to partner with this team of exceptional filmmakers who have beautifully captured the inspirational story of the two brothers. The film’s strong message highlights the importance of giving diverse stories from around the world a platform,” said Sean B. Carroll, head of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios.

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About HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a mission-driven production company that crafts exceptional films about science and scientists for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution. As storytellers within a world class science organization, the studio 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; Peabody Award winner Inventing Tomorrow; Ric Burns’ critically acclaimed documentary feature Oliver Sacks – His Own Life; and the 2022 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary feature All That Breathes. To deepen the learning and extend the reach of each film project, the studio undertakes educational and public outreach efforts in partnership with mission-driven organizations.  For more information, please visit WWW.TANGLEDBANKSTUDIOS.ORG.

About Rise Films

Rise Films is an Oscar® and Emmy® winning production company. Its productions include The Invisible War (Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner), The Interrupters (Emmy® winner), Icarus (Oscar® winner), Knuckle, Dreamcatcher, We Are Together, Rough Aunties and Who is Dayani Cristal? starring Gael García Bernal. Rise has produced films and television programs for broadcasters and partners including BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Showtime and HBO, which have gone on to win multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Other clients and partners include Netflix, Hulu, ITV, Universal, the BFI and Film4.