Irish Film Institute -WHITE GOD



119 minutes, Hungary-Germany- Sweden, 2014, Subtitled, Colour, D-Cinema

This film was released on Friday 1st March 2015 and is no longer screening. 

When a regulation encouraging the breeding of pedigree dogs comes into play, pet owners across an unnamed city ditch their mongrels and local pounds quickly become overcrowded. Lilli is a 13-year-old girl desperate to hang on to her dog Hagen, though they are soon separated by Lilli’s unsympathetic father. As Lilli and Hagen take to the streets in search of each other, both embark on dangerous adventures. Hagen leads his canine comrades in a revolt against human oppressors while Lilli emerges as the only person who can confront these dogs of war.

Kornél Mundruczó’s deliciously inventive parable contains some provocative and disturbing scenes while referencing many a mutt film from Lady and the Tramp to Cujo. The winner of the top prize from the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2014, White God is thrilling, strange and quite brilliant. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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