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CANNES: Prize Winner ‘White God’ Fetches North American Distribution

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to “White God” three days after it won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.

Magnolia made the deal with Match Factory for “White God,” a Hungarian-Swedish-German co-production from Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo.

The drama centers on a 13-year-old girl’s separation from her dog leading to a canine uprising. Variety reported Saturday that “White God” had found buyers in France, the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Spain, Greece, Czech and Slovak Republic, Taiwan and South Korea.

The canine protagonist, Hagen (played by brothers Luke and Body), was awarded the Palm Dog Award in Cannes on Friday. Body attended the film’s premiere, went to the photo-call, walked up the red carpet and appeared on stage – becoming the first dog in Cannes history to do so.

“White God” includes a scene in which 200 dogs escape from a kennel and run down a street in rebellion against their human captors. The film stars Zsofia Psotta, Sandor Zsoter, Szabolcs Thuroczy, Lili Monori, Laszlo Galffi and Lili Horvath.

In his review for Variety, Guy Lodge called the film “moving” and “technically masterful.”

Screen first reported the deal with Magnolia.

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