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All That Breathes Tops Cinema Eye Honors Winners

Shaunak Sen's film wins Outstanding Non-Fiction Feature

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All That Breathes bested the competition at this year’s Cinema Eye Honors. The film directed by Shaunak Sen won three Cinema Eye Honours including the top prize for Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. It also scored Best Cinematography for DP Ben Bernhard. All That Breathes has confidently become an industry favourite this season. It topped the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards in December following a breakout festival run that included top honours at Sundance and Cannes. The film has touched audiences for its portrait of two brothers who run a bird clinic in New Delhi and see in their care for carnivorous birds a larger parable of social equality.

The winners for the Cinema Eye Honors, moreover, reflected what a strong year 2022 was for documentary. The awards spread the wealth with most of the top nominees being recognized. Oscar frontrunner Laura Poitras scored directing honours for All the Beauty and the Bloodshed. Subject and producer Nan Goldin was also cited on Cinema Eye Honors’ list of “The Unforgettables.” The list highlighting memorable characters included Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad of All That Breathes, as well as Russian politician and Putin critic Alexei Navalny. The doc portrait about the political prisoner won the Cinema Eye Honors award for Outstanding Production and the doc, directed by Toronto’s Daniel Roher, won the Audience Award. Multiple wins also went to Sara Dosa’s Fire of Love, which scored four awards: Outstanding Music, Editing, Visual Design, and a citation for late volcanologists Maurice and Katia Krafft among the Unforgettables. Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream, meanwhile, tied Fire of Love for Outstanding Visual Design and won Outstanding Sound. Finally, the Nuisance Bear team of Jack Weisman and Gabriela Osio Vanden scored a major win in the short documentary category for their artfully shot eco doc as Oscar voters head to the polls.

The Cinema Eye Honors also included a tribute to late filmmaker Julia Reichert, who passed away last year following a long battle with cancer. Reichert is best known for her commitment to social activist documentary and labour stories, most notably her 2019 feature American Factory, directed with her partner Stevan Bognar, which won the Academy Award.


The full list of Cinema Eye Honors winners is as follows


Outstanding Nonfiction Feature

All That Breathes
Directed and Produced by Shaunak Sen
Produced by Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer


Outstanding Direction

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Laura Poitras


Outstanding Editing

Fire of Love
Erin Casper and Jocelyne Chaput


Outstanding Production

Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris


Outstanding Cinematography

All That Breathes
Ben Bernhard


Outstanding Original Score

Fire of Love
Nicolas Godin


Outstanding Sound Design

Moonage Daydream
Samir Foco, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone, Sound Designers


Outstanding Visual Design

Fire of Love
Lucy Munger, Animation; Kara Blake, Graphic Artist; and Rui Ting Ji, Hand-drawn animation & Illustrations

Moonage Daydream
Stefan Nadelman, Animation


Outstanding Debut

The Territory
Directed by Alex Pritz


Outstanding Nonfiction Short

Nuisance Bear
Directed by Jack Weisman and Gabriela Osio Vanden


Audience Choice Prize

Directed by Daniel Roher



Master of Light
Directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten



Directed by Charlotte Wells


The Unforgettables (Non-Competitive Honor)

All That Breathes
Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Nan Goldin

Bad Axe
Chun Siev

Rebeca Huntt

Fire of Love
Katia and Maurice Krafft

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down
Gabby Giffords

I Didn’t See You There
Reid Davenport

In Her Hands
Zarifa Ghafari

Last Flight Home
Eli Timoner

Doris Muñoz

My Old School
Brandon Lee

Alexei Navalny

Nothing Compares
Sinead O’Connor

Robert Downey Sr.

The Territory
Bitaté Uru-eu-wau-wau and Neidinha Bandeira


Broadcast Film

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes
Directed by James Jones | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max


Nonfiction Series

Black and Missing
Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Samantha Knowles | HBO Documentary Films/HBO Max


Anthology Series

How To with John Wilson (Season Two)
Nathan Fielder, Michael Koman, Clark Reinking and John Wilson, Executive Producers | HBO


Broadcast Editing

We Need to Talk About Cosby
Meg Ramsay | Showtime


Broadcast Cinematography

Playing With Sharks
Michael Taylor, Judd Overton, Nathan Barlow and Toby Ralph | Disney+


Legacy Award

Directed by Terry Zwigoff
Produced by Lynn O’Donnell and Terry Zwigoff
Edited by Victor Livingston
Cinematography by Maryse Alberti
Music by David Beddinghaus
Sound by Scott Breindell




Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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