75th Cannes Film Festival: India’s Shaunak Sen’s ‘All That Breathe’ wins ‘Golden Eye Award’ for Best Documentary at Cannes

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Swedish director Ruben Oslund has been awarded the Palm d’Or Award for Best Film at the 75th Cannes Film Festival for his film Triangle of Sadness. Ruben Oslund had earlier won the Palm d’Or Award for Best Film for his film ‘The Square’ at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Whereas, Shaunak Sen’s documentary ‘All That Breathe’ from India has received the Golden Eye Award at Cannes. Apart from this, he has also received many other awards like Grand Jury at Sundance Film Festival.

Avinash received the Special Mention Award in the Short Film Segment for ‘Lullaby’
At the same time, Avinash Vikram Shah of Nepal has received the Special Mention Award in the Short Film Segment for his film ‘Lullaby’ at the festival. For the first time in the history of Cannes Film Festival, a Pakistani film has been included in the official selection. This film is of Sam Sadiq, whose name is ‘Joy Land’. The film was awarded the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard.

‘Close’ wins ‘Grand Prix’ award
The second most important prize of the festival, the ‘Grand Prix’, went to Belgium’s Lucas Dhont’s ‘Close’ and France’s Claire Denis’s ‘Stars at Noon’ jointly. The Best Director award was given to Park Chan-wook of South Korea for his thriller film ‘Decision to Leave’. Swedish filmmaker Tariq Saleh has won the Best Script award for his film Boy From Heaven. The ‘Jury Prize’ went to Belgium’s Felix Van Goeningen and Charlotte Vandermeier for their film ‘The Eight Mountain’ and Poland’s Jerzy Skolimowski’s film ‘EO’.

Song Kang Ho wins Best Actor for ‘Broker’
On the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, the special award of ‘Prix 75’ has also been received by Belgium’s Jean-Pierre Darden and Luc Darden brothers for their film ‘Tori and Lokita’. Jar Amir Ibrahimi won the Best Actress Award for his memorable role in Iranian-born Danish filmmaker Ali Abbasi’s “Holy Spider”. At the same time, Song Kang Ho won the Best Actor Award for Best Actor in Japanese filmmaker Kore Ida Hirokazu’s South Korean film ‘Broker’. French actor Vincent Lindo (President), Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, Indian actress Deepika Padukone and many jury members announced these awards at the closing ceremony of the festival. This time 147 best films were screened in the festival. The festival started from 17th May and lasted till 28th May.

Most Indians attended the festival this time
This was the biggest such film festival after Corona, in which no health restrictions were imposed. This year is also the 75th birth anniversary of India’s independence and maximum number of Indians attended the festival this time. There were a total of four Indian films in the official selection, which went housefull and were well received by the foreign audience. The Cannes Classic screened Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film ‘Prativvidhi’ (1970) preserved by the Indian National Film Archive (Pune) and G Aravindam’s Malayalam film ‘Thump, the Circus Tent’ (1978) preserved by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.

At the special screening, the feature documentary ‘All That Breathe’ by Shaunak Sen from Delhi and Pratham Khurana’s short film ‘Nauha’ were well received. Whether India was awarded the ‘Country of Honour’ status at the Cannes Film Festival, or Deepika Padukone was on the main jury, India’s presence was prominent throughout the ceremony. India’s presence was limited to the Indian Pavilion in the International Village, which was crowded all the time.

Russo-Ukraine war casts shadow on festival
There was a shadow of the Russo-Ukraine war on the festival, but it did not see any significant effect. Only in the opening ceremony, the video speech of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in discussion. Films by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Lojnitsa (The Natural History of Distraction) and Lithuanian filmmaker Montas Kvadaravisius (Mariopol-2), who was killed in April by the Russian military, were screened by audiences.

The film ‘Tokio 2020 – Side A’ was well received
Japanese’s Naomi Kawase’s official film on Tokyo Olympics ‘Tokio 2020 – Side A’ was well received. The film tries to portray the politics of Kumbh, the world’s biggest sport, from the point of view of athletes. The question is, from which country the players who are different from their countries and are refugees, they will participate in the Olympic Games. Will the refugees get recognition for a separate country?

Tom Cruise honored with ‘Honorary Palm d’Or’
Despite the dominance of European cinema, Hollywood’s charm at the festival is at its peak. That is why the famous actor Tom Cruise was awarded the ‘Honorary Palm d’Or’. The same honor was also given to another American black actor Forrest Whitaker. ‘Top Gun Maverick’ starring Tom Cruise, David Cronenberg’s ‘Crime of the Future’ starring Josef Kosinski-Viggo Mortensen, Baz Luhrmann’s film on the life of rock and roll and sin music hero Elvis Presley There was a tremendous craze in the festival for Hollywood films like ‘Elvis’.

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