Sundance winner acquired by HBO Documentary Films

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide television rights for anything that breathes from Cities never sleep director Shaunak Sen. The film is slated for release by Submarine Deluxe and Sideshow in arthouse theaters across the country later this year in the fall with a robust festival rollout before making its way to HBO and HBO Max in 2023.

anything that breathes is a documentary that follows two brothers named Saud and Nadeem who live in New Delhi, India, one of the most populated cities in the world. The couple run and operate a bird hospital that rescues injured black kites, which are commonplace in the skies of New Delhi. As the film’s official synopsis puts it, “this family and the neglected kites form a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and deepening social rifts.” The film’s director, Shaunak Sen, issued a statement on the film being shown to a global audience, saying:


“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 has become symptomatic of ecological and social malaise. of Delhi, while providing a glimpse of a rare resilience. Most of us on the crew in India have grown up associating the unmistakable white noise of the HBO logo with high-quality cinematic programming. We are thrilled to join their list and to work with Sideshow and Submarine Deluxe to bring this story to a global audience.”

anything that breathes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year and was later selected as the Grand Jury Prize winner in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. Of all the other movies at Sundance this year, anything that breathes is the only one screened in the Official Selection at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.”anything that breathes is one of the great discoveries of the year,” said Submarine Deluxe’s Dan Brown. “Filled with both humorous and heartbreaking moments, anything that breathes 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. »

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anything that breathes is produced by Kiterabbit Films and Rise Films production in conjunction with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. In addition to being a director, Sen is also a producer of the film alongside Aman Man and Teddy Leifer. The executive producers of the project are David Guy Elisco and Sean B. Carroll with Priest Florie as co-producer and Sam Stanley and Guy Horlock as associate producers. The film editor is Charlotte Munch Bengtsen with cinematography directed by benjamin bernard, Riju Dasand Saumyananda Sahi.

anything that breathes will be released nationwide in arthouse theaters in the fall of 2022, then head to HBO and HBO Max in 2023. You can read the official synopsis for the documentary film below.

“All That Breathes” follows two brothers who run a bird hospital dedicated to rescuing injured black kites, a staple 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.

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