Festival de Cannes 70: Fehér isten, 2014

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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The Palm Dog Award at the Cannes Film Festival is no joke, gloriously honoring the performance of the dog variety in film. Look at terrific previous winners like Lucy (Wendy and Lucy), Mops (Marie Antoinette), and of course the late, great Uggie (The Artist), and then tell me this is not a bone-afide merit (pun intended). In 2014 the Palm Dog was awarded to a canine ensemble, led by Body / Luke as Hagen, in the Hungarian film Fehér isten (White God) directed by Kornél Mundruczó. Teenager Lili fights for her companionship with her dog Hagen against family, school, but it is the vengeful dog that seeks Lili out. It is a gripping movie in its own right, but the sequences with the dogs in action are executed so proficiently the credit to the film-makers, and the dogs as cast members, is completely warranted. Fehér isten also scooped the Prize Un Certain Regard.

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