All That Breathes Director Shaunak Sen On Oscar Miss: “We Were Low For An Hour”

All That Breathes director Shaunak Sen says he has been flooded with messages of “encouragement/support” after his climate change documentary lost out to Navalny at the Oscars.

Naatu Naatu from RRR and documentary film The Elephant Whisperers emerged as winners in the Original Song and Documentary Short Film categories at the 95th Academy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Sen said his “brain is still to wrap around the fact that this is the end of this chapter” for the film, which was nominated in the Documentary Feature Film segment. “So many chin-uppy messages of encouragement/support since yesterday. We were low for about an hour, but we’re soon distracted into equanimity amidst the whirl of glittery people and things. Brain is still to wrap around the fact that this is the end of this chapter,” the director wrote on Instagram alongside pictures with his team.

All That Breathes is a Delhi-set documentary that follows two siblings, Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have devoted their lives to rescuing and treating injured birds, especially black kites.

The critically-acclaimed documentary previously won the ‘World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary’ at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Eye award for the best documentary at the 2022 Cannes. The film is yet to release in India and Sen said his next agenda is to figure out the distribution in the country.

“Next we’ll be working hard to figure India distribution (HBO has ended it’s deal in India with Hotstar it appears, and we’re figuring out which platform it’ll come out on now). For now, very very nice to share this bizarre, swollen day with the brothers, and so many members of our crew. Hugest congratulations to all the winning films from India!” he wrote.

At the Academy Awards, Naatu Naatu from SS Rajamouli’s period action movie RRR won the Original Song trophy and Kartiki Gonsalves-directed The Elephant Whisperers topped the Documentary Short Film category. The docu-short is produced by Guneet Monga. 

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