White God

Fehér isten / Biały Bóg
Hungary, Germany, Sweden 2014 / 119’

director: Kornél Mundruczó
screenplay: Kornél Mundruczó, Viktória Petrányi
cinematography: Marcell Rév
editing: Dávid Jancsó
music: Asher Goldschmidt
cast: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Lili Monori, Luke, Body
producer: Viktória Petrányi, Eszter Gyárfás, Michael Weber, Fredrik Zander
production: Proton Cinema, Pola Pandora Filmproduktions, Filmpartners, The Chimney Pot
awards: Cannes IFF 2014 - Un Certain Regard Award, Palm Dog
Polish distributor: Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty

release date: 20.02.2015

In Hungary, a law is introduced that places severe limitations on the owners of mixed-breed dogs. Moreover, people have begun to treat such animals with hostility. Thirteen-year-old Lili is fighting tooth and nail to keep her four-legged pet, Hagen. She does not understand these inhuman laws or the pressure from her father, who, in the end, abandons the dog in the middle of a busy street. Lili decides to go back for her dog later, but it is no longer there. Hagen wanders around Budapest, experiencing firsthand how cruel people can be. It has to escape from dog-catchers, falls into a trap set by a greedy homeless man, and, in the end, is imprisoned and trained to take part in bloody dog fights. When it manages to escape, it joins a pack of enraged animals that start moving on the city. The director says that his film is a combination of a drama, an adventure, and a film about vengeance. It is also an unsettling political metaphor that stems from observations of what is currently happening in Hungary and throughout Europe.

Kornél Mundruczó

Kornél Mundruczó was born in 1975 in Gödöllõ, Hungary. He graduated from the Hungarian Film Institute. He made his first feature film in 2002, Pleasant Days, which garnered him numerous awards. Altogether, his films have brought him no fewer than 30 honors at various festivals, including in Cannes, Locarno, Brussels, and Cottbus. Today, Mundruczó is one of the most important and one of the best-known Hungarian filmmakers, including among Polish audiences – his films have been screened at the T-Mobile New Horizons Festival in Wrocław. He has also directed performances at Warsaw’s TR Theater.

Selected filmography

2002 Kilka pogodnych dni / Szép napok / Pleasant Days

2005 Joanna / Johanna

2008 Delta

2010 Łagodny potwór – Projekt Frankenstein / Szelíd teremtés – A Frankenstein-terv / Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project

2014 Biały Bóg / Fehér isten / White God