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Four-legged Cast Of 'Dogman' Win The Palm Dog At Cannes

The canine cast of a film about a soft-spoken Italian dog groomer who stands up to a local heavy won the Palm Dog prize at the Cannes festival on Friday.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:May 19, 2018, 12:19 PM IST
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Four-legged Cast Of 'Dogman' Win The Palm Dog At Cannes
A still from Dogman (Image courtesy: AFP Relaxnews)
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Dogman has been hailed as a brutal modern parable of the little guy who can take no more, with critics raving about its lead actor, Marcello Fonte. But it is the Great Dane and chihuahua who feature in the film that got tails wagging on the jury of the Palm Dog, which judges the best performance at the festival by a pooch.

Cannes top prize -- for which Dogman is one of the favourites -- is called the Palme d'Or. "It is its large cast of dogs that steal the show," said Palm Dog founder Toby Rose of the film, directed by Matteo Garrone of Gomorrah fame.

The jury also handed a special prize to the CGI-generated pink Pekingese "fluffy puppies" in the wacky satire Diamantino, which features a footballer not dissimilar to Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. In the romp, which won the best film in the Critics' Week section of the festival, the striker's career is destroyed by visions of the dogs blocking his way as he bears down on goal.

Writer Vanessa Davies and her pug, Patrick, were also honoured with the Palm Dogmanitarian Award for her forthcoming Disney family comedy named after her pet. "It's a wonderful real life story and a worthy winner for celebrating the bond between canines and humans," Rose added.

The Palm Dog -- which has been awarded at Cannes since 2001 -- is the world's best-known award for dogs on screen. Past winners include Uggie from the Oscar-winning The Artist and Ken Loach for casting a three-legged dog named Shae in his Palme d'Or-winning I, Daniel Blake.

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