Mohammad Saud spoke about filmmaker Shaunak Sen and how his documentary All That Breathes made people cry at the Cannes Film Festival 2022. All That Breathes premiered in Cannes in the Special Screening segment. The documentary won the L’Oeil d’Or Prize of 2022, the top prize of the documentary festival, on 28 May. The film is 90 minutes long. (Read also | Cannes Film Festival: Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes, India’s Only Entrance, Wins L’Oeil d’Or for Best Documentary,
All That Breathes revolves around the lives of siblings Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad. They work from their abandoned cellar in Wazirabad in Delhi to rescue and treat injured birds, especially the black kites. The documentary was chosen as the winner by the jury, including Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, Ukrainian writer-director Iryna Tsilyk, French actor Pierre Deladonchamps, journalist Alex Vicente, and Moroccan writer-filmmaker Hicham Falah.
Speaking to Times of India, Mohammad Saud said: “Shaunak came to meet us in December 2018 and it went on for the next three years. Shaunak had said that if you become so familiar with the camera that you gape for it, then I will take the first picture. ”
When asked about Cannes, Mohammad said: “It was a full house, and we not only got a long-standing ovation, but people were crying in the theaters.”
Speaking about his relationship with the siblings, Shaunak called it a ‘deep kind of friendship where they have opened their lives for me and I have opened large parts of my life for them’. According to the report, Shaunak also said that Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad have a lot of respect for him as an artist ‘who essentially retains the autonomy of the story he tells’.
In announcing the award, the jury said in a note shared on L’OEil d’Or’s website, “L’OEil d’Or is going to be a movie that, in a world of destruction, reminds us that everyone life is important and every little action matters who may not save the whole world, but save their world “The prize includes a cash prize of 5,000 euros.