Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Cast: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth
Language: Hungarian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Hungary, Sweden 2013 119 mins
Un Certain Regard Award 2014 Cannes International Film Festival, Palm Dog Best Four-Legged Performance
Released by Metrodome
'Bizarre, unique, extraordinary. A canine extravaganza'.
A girl on a bike, her trumpet tucked into her rucksack being chased through deserted Budapest streets by a pack of feral dogs opens this remarkable film. 'White God', dedicated to the late Miklos Jansco is a bizarre, unique and extraordinary canine apocalyptic extravaganza that's not the standard horror film. Is it all a dream?
13-year-old trumpet-player Lili, stunningly played by Zsofia Psotta and her cross-bred labrador, Hagen, has to stay with her sour faced father Daniel (Sandor Zsoter) when her mother goes on a business trip to Australia. Who could blame him being miserable when he works in grim looking Budapest meat factory and then it's back to a grim looking flat in the suburbs and Hagen doesn't fit into his miserable life. There's a high government tax on mixed breeds, mongrels are being dumped and the dog pounds are overcrowded. Daniel's not a happy man and in a rage dumps Hagen by the side of the road. Desperately Lili and Hagen try to find one another but Budapest's a big city and Hagen slips into survival mode. Now a fully fledged cast out he joins a gang of strays, is kidnapped by a scumbag and sold to an even nastier scumbag who's into dog fighting and finishes up in the dog pound. Hagen's reached breaking point and now it really kicks off - a full-scale canine uprising with bloody revenge in mind.
Filmed with a cast of 250 dogs,'White God' is an ambitious, crazy, unique and audacious film with incredible staged set pieces stunningly caught by cinematographer Marcell Rev. It could be taken as a political metaphor - the outcast and betrayed rise up against their former master. I hear the audience cheering.
Unusual, remarkable, extraordinary. The twin dog actors, Luke and Body who played Hagen were given the Palme Dog Award at Cannes.