‘White God’, set in the beautiful Hungarian capital city Budapest, is a strong and inspiring tale of the love between a 13- year-old girl, Lili, and her half-breed ‘mongrel’ dog, Hagen. Lili brings him when she comes to live with her estranged father. But her father refuses to keep him at home, and abandons him on the streets. Lili is heartbroken, but cannot find him. Being a half-breed mongrel, the law is against him. Hagen is caught and sold to a dog-fighter, who teaches him how to fight and kill. After that, Hagen becomes a killer dog, and soon gangs up with 250 dogs in the city, to wreak revenge on the humans who had treated them badly.
Like our Opening Film ‘Fair Play’, this film asks many questions, especially about inequalities, not just between men and animals, but between men of different race and breeding.
The Opening and Closing scenes, of 250 dogs running across the streets of the city, have stunned film critics and audiences. While Lili is partaking in a beautiful concert, the angry dogs of the city growl outside the music-hall. The audience watches with baited breath, to see who will win- the dogs, humans, or the Love between the two?
The movie is as symbolic as its emotional, and has moved audiences around the world.
New York Times: ‘A fierce and beautiful parable.’
Variety: ‘Moving, technically masterful film.’
Hollywood Reporter: ‘Under its furry skin, an angry allegory for political and cultural tensions in contemporary Europe.’
White God won the Prize Un Certain Regard at the prestigious Cannes Festival, where Hagen, the dog, also won an unprecedented Palm Dog Award. The film was screened at various festivals around the world, and was Hungary’s entry for the Oscars in 2014.
‘WHITE GOD’ (with English and THAI sub-titles), will be screened at TK park, on Saturday, 11 MARCH, at 4 pm.