Breaking News – HBO Documentary Films Acquires Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘All That Breathes’ From Director Shaunak Sen

HBO Documentary Films Acquires Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ALL THAT BREATHE, From Director Shaunak Sen

In official selection at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, the film will be released in theaters this fall

· HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide television rights to ALL THAT BREATHE, from director Shaunak Sen (“Cities of Sleep”). The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected as the Grand Jury Prize winner in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. It is the only Sundance film presented in the official selection at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Underwater Deluxe and Sideshow will release the film in arthouse cinemas nationwide this fall, along with a robust festival rollout , ahead of its debut on HBO and HBO Max in 2023. Underwater negotiated with HBO Documentary Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Synopsis: ALL THAT BREATHE follows two brothers who run a bird hospital dedicated to rescuing injured black kites, a fixture in the skies of New Delhi, India. In one of the most populated cities in the world, where cows, rats, monkeys, frogs and pigs jostle with people, the “kite brothers” care for thousands of these mesmerizing creatures that fall daily from the muffled smog of New Delhi. skies. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, this family’s relationship with the neglected kites forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s ecological collapse and deepening social fault lines.

· Quote from director Shaunak Sen: “The amazing story of Saud and Nadeem, and their relationship with the majestic raptor called the ‘Black Kite,’ took us three years to shape. Over time, the story is become symptomatic of Delhi”s ecological and social malaise , while providing a glimpse of a rare resilience. Most of us on the crew in India grew up associating the unmistakable white noise of the HBO logo with high-quality movie programming. We’re thrilled to join their roster and work with Sideshow and Submarine Deluxe to bring this story to a global audience.”

· Quote from Dan Braun of Submarine Deluxe: “ALL THAT BREATHE is one of the great discoveries of the year. Filled with equal parts humorous and heartbreaking moments, ALL THAT BREATHE is a stunning achievement and heralds Shaunak Sen as a major voice in cinema today. We are proud to partner with HBO Documentary Films to bring the film to the public.”

· Credits: A Submarine Deluxe and Sideshow Release in association with HBO Documentary Films; a Kiterabbit Films and Rise Films production in collaboration with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. director, Shaunak Sen; producers, Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann, Teddy Leifer; executive producers, David Guy Elisco, Sean B. Carroll; co-producer, Florrie Priest; associate producers, Sam Stanley, Guy Horlock; editor, Charlotte Munch Bengtsen; cinematography, Benjamin Bernhard, Riju Das, Saumyananda Sahi.


Submarine Deluxe, the theatrical distribution arm of Submarine Entertainment, specializes in releasing quality feature films and documentaries focusing on the arts, pop culture and social commentary. Past titles include I Called Him Morgan, Gilbert, Chasing Ice, Fire Music and Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.


Rise is an Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) winning production company. His productions include The Invisible War (Oscar(R) nominee and Emmy(R) winner), The Interrupters (Emmy(R) winner), Icarus (Oscar(R) winner), Knuckle , Dreamcatcher, We Are Together, Rough Aunties and Who is Dayani Cristal? with Gael García Bernal. Rise has produced films and television programs for broadcasters and partners such as the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Showtime and HBO, which have won numerous awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Other customers and partners include Netflix, Hulu, ITV, Universal, the BFI and Film4. The company recently produced The Human Factor (released by Sony Pictures Classics in 2021), Dror Moreh’s sequel to his Oscar-nominated The Gatekeepers; as well as The Art of Political Murder, a feature documentary for HBO, produced by George Clooney. Rise also produced David Osit’s multi-award winning film, Mayor, which follows the life and work of Musa Hadid, the Mayor of Ramallah. Other current productions include Rise wrapping a two-part documentary for HBO about comedian George Carlin directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio and a six-part series for Sky Documentaries and NBC Universal.

ABOUT HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a mission-driven production company that creates exceptional films where science is a lens to make sense of our world, while inspiring awe and wonder. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the studio, a vision of acclaimed biologist and author Sean B. Carroll, is uniquely positioned to shine a light on some of the most important 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 Fear Factor; Winner of the Peabody Inventing Tomorrow Award; Ric Burns’ critically acclaimed feature documentary Oliver Sacks – His Own Life; and the 2022 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary feature All That Breathes.

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