Top honours to go the way of the dog

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

For­get the Palme d’Or; the prize with real bite is the Palm Dog, awarded to the best ca­nine per­for­mance in the fes­ti­val. In pre­vi­ous years the gong has gone to Ug­gie in The Artist and Dug in Up.

This year, it looked as if a strong ca­nine per­for­mance in Ber­trand Bonello’s Saint Lau­rent, play­ing in the main com­pe­ti­tion, would be the fron­trun­ner. But all eyes have been drawn to the sev­eral dozen dogs in Kor­nel Mun­druczo’s White God, a pop­u­lar en­try to the Un Cer­tain Re­gard side­bar. The film con­cerns a re­bel­lion by the ca­nine pop­u­la­tion of Bu­dapest.

In what might be seen as a shame­less lunge for the Palm Dog, the film-mak­ers sent Body, the lead dog, along to the screen­ing, where he was in­tro­duced by Thierry Fré­maux, fes­ti­val pres­i­dent. Body even donned a dickie bow for the oc­ca­sion. Then again, the prize – awarded this af­ter­noon – might go the way of the dog in Jean Luc-Go­dard’s Good­bye to Lan­guage. As all this hap­pens, a ro­man­tic com­edy based around a con­scious at­tempt to make a Palm Dog-win­ning film, is shoot­ing on the streets of Cannes.

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