In an unusual extension of awards at the Cannes Film Festival, 250 canines received the festival's prestigious Palm Dog prize (or, as we'll put it, "Palm d'Og") over the weekend. Typically, the prize goes just to one starring pup, but, as the Associated Press reports, this year's judges found a special film packed full of elite animal entertainers:
Cannes's 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. ...
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.
The film has been hailed as masterful horror resemblant of Hitchcock, but the director said that wouldn't be so without the dogs. "Dogs cannot lie on camera, it's very challenging," Mundruczo said. "It certainly wasn't easy, but it was an incredible experience."