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Nouvelle Wag: 'White God' wins Cannes' Palm Dog

CANNES, France (AP) - It could be called the "Nouvelle Wag."

Cannes' most bizarre but endearing film award, the Palm Dog, has gone to the 250 four-legged stars of a Hungarian horror-thriller about a canine apocalypse, "White God."

Its director, Kornel Mundruczo, was all laughs and smiles Friday at the ceremony to collect his trophy, a large furry bone. But he 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," Mundruczo said. "I wanted to tell this tale as a metaphor about the European fears about dealing with minorities."

The director is concerned by rise of nationalist parties across Europe. In his home country of Hungary, a far-right party is the third largest group in parliament.

The movie has bowled critics over, drawing comparisons to Hitchcock's "The Birds" with its startling opening sequence.

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.

Mundruczo said it took every directorial brain cell he had to get the unpredictable animals to light up the screen in the way he intended.

"Dogs cannot lie on camera, it's very challenging," he said.

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.

"It certainly wasn't easy, but it was an incredible experience," he said.

"White God" is competing in the "Un Certain Regard" competition, whose winner is announced in ceremony Friday night.

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tmccull52 May 24 2014 at 8:54 AM

"I always use dogs to symbolize minorities," Mundruczo said. "I wanted to tell this tale as a metaphor about the European fears about dealing with minorities."

Well, well, well... what do you know. Contrary to what the good ol' Libby Left would suggest, Europe DOES seem to have a bit of a problem with minorities. So much for the assertions that European culture is so much more open and tolerant than the U.S.

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buffalowoodshop May 24 2014 at 7:52 AM

One of the pics shows a woman holding up a sign that has written on it

" # Bring Back Our Girls " LOL really shows the mindless mindset of those in Jollywood

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Kathleen May 24 2014 at 6:36 PM

There is no limit to what dogs can teach humans......

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fifi8589 May 24 2014 at 2:47 PM

Why is it that when dogs laugh, people say they're barking_Wilco

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Cnlights2 May 24 2014 at 5:21 PM

Maybe to make it easier for all of you to understand is what he says!! He uses the dogs to simulate a situation, like bullying it sounds like in this case, and makes it easier for kids and for those who act like kids (mentally!!) to understand. What's so to hard to get?? You read into it too much!!

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grgrytckr May 24 2014 at 8:32 AM

Good looking dog. To bad he's in France, now he's a Metrosexual male dog like all French and European men are.

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wmcbhere grgrytckr May 24 2014 at 11:59 AM

metrosexual is a new word, what does it mean?

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Mike grgrytckr May 24 2014 at 7:49 PM

Better in France than China. At least the dogs wont end up on the menu after the day is over.

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lesleyturnbull1 Mike May 25 2014 at 7:16 AM

I guess lucky it was not a horse?

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jeslats May 24 2014 at 11:30 AM

the dogs look better than the broads

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meryleeweisman jeslats May 24 2014 at 11:36 AM

they look better than the dicks too.

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Mike jeslats May 24 2014 at 7:47 PM

I was thinking the same thing. In fact the dogs all looked better and i bet more behaved

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Hazel May 24 2014 at 9:34 AM

Disgusting. Anything for the all mighty buck, or euro as case may be

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larry May 24 2014 at 2:00 PM

What ??? And Obama wasn't their for a "photo-op" ??? How did that happen ???

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flammjean May 24 2014 at 10:03 AM

Hoping to see this. When can one expect to have it in local Arts Theatres?

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wmcbhere flammjean May 24 2014 at 12:01 PM

or on netflix

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