At the meeting of the Hungarian Oscar Selection Committee held on the 6th August, it was announced that Hungary will enter Kornél Mundruczó’s WHITE GOD (Fehér Isten) to be considered for nomination in the “Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film” category.
WHITE GOD (Hungary/Germany/Sweden)
Kornél Mundruczó's Cannes Un Certain Regard winner film is a cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior. Outcast and betrayed, "man's best friend" rebels against their former master...
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.
Prizes: Un Certain Regard Prize, Palm Dog Award – 2014 Cannes Film Festival
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The Hungarian Oscar Committee included Réka Divinyi screenwriter, Krisztina Deák director, Ágnes Havas Film Fund CEO, András Bálint Kovács university lecturer, István Király editor, Balázs Lovas screenwriter, Tibor Máté cinematographer, Péter Miskolczi producer and Andrew G. Vajna government commissioner.
According to the rules of the Academy Awards, those Hungarian language movies were eligible for consideration, which have been theatrically released between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 in Hungary. White God was released in Hungarian theatres by Intercom 12 June, 2014.