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Huge pack of stray dogs in Hungarian film wows Cannes

General May 21, 2014

Director Mundruczo and cast member Psotta pose with a dog sitting on the desk during a photocall for the film "Feher isten" in competition for the category "Un Certain Regard" at the 67th Cannes Film FestivalBy Will Russell CANNES France (Reuters) – Anyone with a fear of dogs is not going to get over it by seeing the Hungarian movie "Feher Isten" (White God) which has made a stir at the Cannes film festival with a scene that is all the more remarkable because it is filmed with real animals. It suddenly turns terrifying as a huge pack of some 200 or more vicious, barking dogs, all of them real, none of them created by computer simulation, bounds around a corner and heads straight for the young rider. Telling more would be a spoiler but Teresa Ann Williams, the Hollywood dog trainer who prepared the animals along with Hungarian trainer Arpad Halasz, said she had never done or seen anything like it before. The screening at the film festival, and reviews afterwards by critics who said they were bowled over by how the dogs were used in the film, are a huge shot of adrenaline for Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, who spent years on the project.


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