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White God

DirectorKornel Mundruczo
ProducerViktoria Petranyi, Eszter Gyarfas; The Chimney Pot, Film i Väst, Filmpartners, Hungarian National Film Fund, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Proton Cinema, ZDF/Arte
WriterKornel Mundruczo, Viktoria Petranyi, Kata Weber
CastZsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter, Lili Monori, Lili Horvath, Laszlo Galffy, Ervin Nagy, Szabolcs Thuroczy
EditorDavid Jancso
CameraMarcell Rev
Screening2 November 2017 | 16:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original TitleFEHER ISTEN
Year2014
Length121 min
CountryHungary/Germany/Sweden
SubtitlesDutch
SectionNEW VOICES – feature length films

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes, ‘’White God’’ is a story about a relationship between humans and animals and a brutal, beautiful metaphor for the political and cultural tensions sweeping contemporary Europe.

Synopsis

Young Lili and her bastard dog Hagen are best friends. When new regulations drive the two apart, she and the dog begin a dangerous journey back towards each other. At the same time, all the unwanted, unloved and so-called ‘unfit’ dogs rise up under a new leader, Hagen, the onetime house pet who has learned all too well from his ‘Masters’ in his journey through the streets and animal control centers how to bite the hands that beat him.

Director’s bio

Kornél Mundruczó (1975) is a Hungarian film and theatre director. He has directed 17 short and feature films between 1998 and 2017. In 2014, his film ‘’White God’’ won Un Certain Regard Award in Cannes as well as the film’s canine star won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a dog. His newest feature ‘’Jupiter’s Moon’’ (2017), a story of Aryan, a Syrian refugee and his father, trying to make their way into Hungary from Serbia, was nominated for Palme d’Or.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Cannes Film Festival, 2014 – Un Certain Regard Award, Palm Dog | Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, 2014 – Audience Award | Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, 2014 – Best International Feature Film | Seville European Film Festival, 2014 – Best European Co-Production | Sarasota Film Festival, 2015 – Jury Prize | European Film Awards, 2015 – Nominated for Best Film | Academy Awards, 2015 – Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film