Cannes, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

Hungarian political drama 'White God', a damning statement on the treatment of immigrants across the world, has won the top prize of Un Certain Regard section of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

'White God' directed by Kornl Mundruczsup3; beat competition from 19 other films in the section, which also had Delhi-based director Kanu Behl's 'Titli', the only Indian film in the official selection this year.

A cautionary tale about a superior race and a disgraced inferior, 'White God' portrays the misery of mixed breed dogs after their owners dump them following a severe tax that favours pedigree dogs. The government locks up the mixed breed dogs in shelters, which become overcrowded. Soon there is a revolt from the shelters against the people.

Argentine director Pablo Trapero headed the jury of Un Certain Regard.

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh's 'The Missing Picture' had won Un Certain Regard top prize last year.

Swedish film 'Turist', the story of a family vacation to French Alps turned upside down by an avalanche, directed by Ruben Ostlund took the Jury Prize while Un Certain Regard Special Prize went to 'The Salt of the Earth', a documentary on the life and works of Brazilian photographer Sebastipound;o Salgado by celebrated German filmmaker Wim Wenders and Salgado's son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

'Party Girl' by French directors Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis won the Ensemble Prize. Based on the life of a bar hostess, it was the opening film of Un Certain Regard section.

Australian actor David Gulpilil won the Best Actor prize for his title role in 'Charlie's Country' directed by Rolf de Heer.

''The jury was honoured and delighted to have been able to view over ten days so many excellent films testifying to the diversity and vitality of filmmaking in the world today,'' said Trapero.

He said the jury was also impressed by the vision and originality of the works presented.

The Palme d'Or award in the competition section will be announced tonight.

(Posted on 24-05-2014)