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Un Certain Regard award goes to Hungary

Celebrity dog Body kisses Feher Isten’s director Kornel Mundruczo while co-star Zsofia Psotta laughs.

Mundruczo’s film favourited by jury, Argentine filmmaker Alonso gets the FIPRESCI

CANNES — The Hungarian film Feher Isten (White God), starring a pack of stray dogs that terrorises the capital Budapest and directed by Kornel Mundruczo, won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard forum of the Cannes International Film Festival yesterday.

The runner-up, winning the jury prize, was Turist by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund. It is about the disintegration of a marriage after a husband abandons his wife and children on a terrace and flees when he falsely believes they are all about to be killed by an avalanche.

Jury President for the Un Certain Regard festival was Argentine director Pablo Trapero.

The forum — dedicated to young, innovative filmmakers or directors — runs alongside the main Cannes competition, whose winners will be announced today.

Other films competing for the prize were the directorial debut of Hollywood A-list actor Ryan Gosling, Lost River; the only Indian film in the competition, Titli, by Kanu Behl, and Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen from Argentina’s Lisandro Alonso.

Jauja wins FIPRESCI award

Jauja, directed by Alonso and starring Mortensen, won yesterday at Cannes the FIPRESCI award, given by the International Federation of Cinematographic Press. Jauja’s plot is set in the 19th century and it revolves around the story of Captain Gunnar Dinesen — portrayed by Mortensen — a Danish colonist that travels to Patagonia to find his missing daughter.

The film was financed by Mortensen’s production company Perceval Pictures, alongside Argentina’s 4L and other production companies hailing from France, Denmark, Mexico and Holland. The movie was made with 400,000 euros and shot in a slide-like format that gained praises from INCAA (Argentina’s National Cinema Institute).

Known for his indie-looking productions, Alonso said to the press that “I don’t like categories and I don’t believe I’m doing Festival-intended movies … (What I do like is making movies) that catch my attention.” Nevertheless, he also said that he wants his movies “seen by the greatest possible amount of people.”

Herald with Reuters, Dyn

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