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White God (2014)

Fehér isten (original title)
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Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

Director:

Kornél Mundruczó

Writers:

Kornél Mundruczó (screenplay), Viktória Petrányi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Zsófia Psotta ... Lili
Sándor Zsótér ... Dániel
Lili Horváth Lili Horváth ... Elza
Szabolcs Thuróczy Szabolcs Thuróczy ... Old man
Lili Monori Lili Monori ... Bev
Gergely Bánki Gergely Bánki ... Dog-catcher
Tamás Polgár Tamás Polgár ... Dog-catcher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Károly Ascher Károly Ascher ... Péter
Erika Bodnár Erika Bodnár ... Neighbour
Body ... Hagen
Bence Csepeli Bence Csepeli ... Diamond
János Derzsi ... Homeless
Ruby Ben Eli Ruby Ben Eli ... Dog Fight Manager
Csaba Faix Csaba Faix ... TV Presenter
Edit Frajt Edit Frajt ... Policewoman
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A cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior - Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Written by unknown

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The unwanted will have their day.


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Rated R for violent content including bloody images, and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

All of the untrained dogs appearing on film are mixed breeds adopted from animal shelters. See more »

Quotes

Dániel: My ex-wife no longer lives here, his dog and his things neither.
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Crazy Credits

[Opening tittle card] "Everything terrible is something that needs our love." -Rainer Maria Rilke See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fake or Fortune?: Lowry (2015) See more »

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Escape
by Asher Goldschmidt
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Hasta la vizsla, baby!
22 September 2015 | by The_late_Buddy_RyanSee all my reviews

A rewarding film if you don't expect too much. Even the scenes that don't involve an enormous pack of dogs rampaging through the streets of Budapest or smaller bands of doggy commandos hunting down their human vics have an unreal, fairytale quality. When 13-year-old Lili is separated from her beloved Hagen (great work by Luke and Body, a couple of strays from Arizona), the two subplots may seem a little shaky on their own, but the final scene, when they're reunited, is a moment of real transcendence.

The fuzzy political allegory and the echoes of Hungary's tragic history are somewhat less engaging, IMHO—gun-toting dogcatchers making like an SS Einsatzgruppe, escapees from the dog pound taking to the streets against impossible odds like the rebels of '56, a Roma character ("gyppo" in the subtitles) being cheated and reviled, a downsized professor (Lili's father) working a menial job, even the stray allusions to Liszt and Wagner; could it really be true that owners of "non-Hungarian" dogs have to pay a special tax? (As with other films from this part of the world, you may not be able to tell whether what you're watching is meant to be straightforward realism or some sort of surrealist fantasy.) Horror aficionados will be disappointed by the reticent editing style—FX are limited, and no humans actually had their throats slashed in the making of this film… Fine performances and gorgeous cinematography, an epic feat of dog-wrangling—even if you're tempted to bail, hang on till that final scene.


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Country:

Hungary | Germany | Sweden

Language:

Hungarian | English

Release Date:

12 June 2014 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

White God See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF700,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,139, 29 March 2015

Gross USA:

$282,358

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$581,904
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2.35 : 1
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