Kornél Mundruczó’s audacious drama about how a young girl’s separation from her dog leads to a full-blown canine uprising, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.
White God (Feher Isten) won the top prize in the Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section, a jury headed by director Pablo Trapero announced on Friday. Focusing on a dog who organizes the strays and mutts of Budapest to rebel and turn on their masters, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's film won raves for the way it uses what could be a horror-movie scenario to create a potent metaphor for class oppression.
White God is the first feature film produced with the support of the newly established Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF), and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Argentinean helmer Pablo Trapero, president of the Certain Regard jury, praised "the force and originality of the films presented this year." Twenty films representing 23 countries screened in Un Certain Regard. In addition to Trapero, the jury included Criterion Collection president Peter Becker; Norway-based actress Maria Bonnevie; French actress Geraldine Pailhas; and Senegalese filmmaker Moussa Toure.
Un Certain Regard is typically devoted to films that are more adventurous than the films in Cannes’ main competition, with an emphasis on young and first-time filmmakers. This year's selection was made up of 20 films, including Mathieu Amalric's "The Blue Room," Jessica Hausner's "Amour Fou," Ned Benson's "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," Lisandro Alonso's "Jauja," Pascale Ferran's "Bird People," Asia Argento's "Incompresa" and Ryan Gosling's controversial debut feature, "Lost River."
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