Beginning in 2001 and a bit ahead of its time, the world-famous Cannes Film Festival made a move to recognize cinema's best canine actors, awarding the annual Palm Dog prize (a take on the festival's highest honor, the Palm d'Or). As the festival kicks off this week, the Associated Press has taken stock of this year's canine contenders at Cannes:
Proving that the film industry is truly a dog eat dog world, four-legged performances have stolen the show in a number of pictures screened at the festival. And there's no clear front runner.
Commentators had said that until now the most impressive canine scene came from a dog that plays Moujik in Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent," the French fashion designer's beloved pet. ...
But on Wednesday, following the screening of Jean-Luc Godard's opaque 3-D film, "Goodbye to Language," social media commentators say there's new top dog Mieville, the director's real-life pet. The loveable long-nosed protagonist plays Roxy who rolls in the snow and wags his tails as a narrator says: "A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself."
As far as we're concerned, though, each of the starring dogs deserves a prize -- especially considering how frequently animal entertainment on set can go awry. Maybe someday in the future the Palm Dog will consider CGI animal actors as well.