White God director Kornél Mundruczó on the movie’s animal rights message and the meaning of the title.

The Director of White God on the Movie’s Animal Rights Message

The Director of White God on the Movie’s Animal Rights Message

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Jan. 30 2015 8:23 AM

The Director of White God on the Movie’s Animal Rights Message

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A scene from White God.

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One of our favorite movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is White God, which combines a coming-of-age story with a Rise of the Planet of the Apes–style coup led by dogs.

We sat down with director Kornél Mundruczó, trainer Teresa Ann Miller, and dog movie star Bodie in Park City, and in addition to discussing how they staged the animal uprising with 200 dogs and how Bodie turned in such a convincing performance, we asked Hungarian director Mundruczó about where he got the movie’s title—it came from a novel by J.M. Coetzee—and discussed the deeper, more political messages of the film.

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