(MTI) – Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo’s title White God has won the main award in the Cannes international film festival’s Un Certain Regard section.
The section is the festival’s second major competition.
Mundruczo’s sentimental adventure film tells the story of 13-year-old Lili and her dog. The White God is the 39-year-old director’s sixth film, and the fifth that has been invited to the official programme of the prestigious Cannes festival.
According to AbcNews, Kornel Mundruczo said the dogs in the film were used to make a serious statement about the oppressed and marginalized.
“I always use dogs to symbolize minorities. I wanted to tell this tale as a metaphor about the European fears about dealing with minorities.”
AbcNews said, Hagen, the movie’s doggy protagonist, is played by real-life twin Labradors Luke and Body. He is shunned and all his gentleness is bashed out of him, ending up toughened and unrecognizable.
“Dogs cannot lie on camera, it’s very challenging,” he said.”It certainly wasn’t easy, but it was an incredible experience,” he said.
According to AbcNews, all the dogs had to be socialized together for six months prior to shooting the film in order for them to be convincing in the pack scenes, he added.