‘All That Breathes’, a Hindi language documentary set in New Delhi, has bagged a nomination to the 2023 edition of the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) in London.
Directed by Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen, the film has been nominated in the Best Documentary category and already has the credit of being the only film to have won both the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival.
Krishnendu Majumdar, the British Indian chair of BAFTA, said: “The EE BAFTA Film Awards are at the heart of our mission to recognise exceptional storytelling and the immensely talented people who bring those stories to the big screen, inspiring both audiences and future filmmakers alike.
“The range of films recognised by our 7,500 voters, spanning blockbusters to independent debuts, offers a uniquely British perspective on this year’s best films from around the world. It is a huge achievement to reach this final stage – congratulations to today’s nominees.”
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‘All That Breathes’ follows two brothers — Nadeem and Saud — as they devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the so-called “kite brothers” spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital. The film, produced by London-based Rise Films, follows the brothers in their mission to help the birds return to the skies, offering a chronicle of inter-species coexistence.
A total of 45 feature films have received BAFTA nominations in the 2023 list, including a record 14 nominations for anti-war epic ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, 10 nominations each for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ and ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ and nine for the biopic ‘Elvis’. Mega blockbusters such as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ have bagged nominations only in the technical categories.
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This year’s BAFTA Film Awards ceremony will take place at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London on February 19.
*Info: BAFTA 2023 Nominations