Leading the way and being led at the Cannes Film Festival was man’s best friend. Dogs took a bite of the limelight at the annual movie bash and were among the prize winners applauded for their talent in front of camera.
This year’s most bizarre but perhaps endearing award was the Palm Dog scooped by brothers, Body and Luke who play the lead character of ‘Hagen’ in ‘White God’ by Kornel Mundruczo.
Hungarian director Mundruczo whose film features more than 200 four-legged actors accepted the award on behalf of his stars.
“I am very appreciative of them, but anyhow I just think it’s really meaningful for me to have this prize just before distribution, just to know all dogs are playing, they are actors like humans,” he explained.
The movie, which was also the winner of the top prize in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section at the Festival is a tale about the superior species and disgraced breeds. It is the story of an abandoned dog and the fight of a 13-year-old girl to save him.
Under its furry coat the film is intended as a “statement of solidarity for marginal and oppressed people”.
“Through this melodrama, or through the story of how a little girl tries to find her dog, you understand a metaphor for all minorities or all poor people who are under humanity and under power,” said Kornel Mundruczo.
Realising that man is perhaps no longer their best friend the dogs gradually start rebelling against humanity.
‘White God, which is a Hungarian-Swedish-German co-production, opens in Hungary in June.