Kornél Mundruczó's latest feature film has been invited to this year’s Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard selection. The Hungarian-German-Swedish co-production was supported by the Hungarian National Film Fund.
After Pleasant Days (Locarno Silver Leopard in 2002), Johanna (in Un Certain Regard in 2005), Delta (Cannes FIPRESCI Prize in 2008), Kornél Mundruczó (aged 39) will present his 6th feature film in Official Selection at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals worldwide.
WHITE GOD (Fehér Isten) (Hu/De/Se)
Directed by Kornél Mundruczó / Written by Kornél Mundruczó, Viktória Petrányi, Kata Wéber
Produced by Viktória Petrányi, Eszter Gyárfás / Co-produced by Michael Weber, Fredrik Zander
Cinematography by Marcell Rév / Edited by Dávid Jancsó
Music composed by Asher Goldschmidt / Production design by Márton Ágh
Lenght: 119 min
A cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior... Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Hagen and his pretty master search desperately for each other until Lili loses faith. Struggling to survive, homeless Hagen realizes that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Hagen joins a gang of stray dogs, but is soon captured and sent to the pound. With little hope inside there, the dogs will seize an opportunity to escape and revolt against mankind. Their revenge will be merciless. Lili may be the only one who can halt this unexpected war between man and dog.
White Dog is Mundruczó’s deliberate attempt "to touch a broader audience" with a "sentimental adventure film". "Our goal with White God was to address a wider audience while analysing a really important question. We wanted to create an emotional story where we can observe the exclusive mechanism of the white European civilisation, as the superior human struggles with a supressed species." - declared Viktória Petrányi, the producer of the film.
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Kornél Mundruczó was born in Hungary in 1975. Pleasant Days, his first feature film, was awarded the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002. His second feature film, Johanna - a filmic opera adaptation of the story of Joan of Arc- was presented in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2005. Delta was In Competition at Cannes 2008 and was awarded the FIPRESCI prize. In 2010, Tender Son - The Frankenstein project was also presented in Cannes Competition.
Magyar Filmunió, the International Division of the Hungarian National Film Fund continues to run the "Hungarian Pavilion" in the International Village of the Marché du Film in Cannes.
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