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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.


Kornél Mundruczó


Kornél Mundruczó (screenplay), Viktória Petrányi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Zsófia Psotta ... Lili
Sándor Zsótér ... Dániel
Lili Horvát Lili Horvát ... Elza (as Lili Horváth)
Szabolcs Thuróczy ... Old man
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 ... 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


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.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Hagen is portrayed by twin dogs Luke and Body. They were found in a caravan park in Arizona just as their owner was about to take them to an animal shelter. See more »


The subtitles do not translate from much of the dialogue in Magyarul (Hungarian).. See more »


Lili: I love you too.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Mac and Me (2018) See more »


Dogs in the City
by Asher Goldschmidt
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Every dog has its day in this brilliant apocryphal tale from Hungary.
6 August 2015 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Lili is eleven years old and has a beloved dog – Hagen. Her parents are split up and when her mother has to go for a 3 month jolly with work to Australia – she has to stay with pops. Only he lives in an apartment where mutts are verboten. All cross breeds are seen as inferior to pure breeds in Hungary.

Despite her best efforts Hagen ends up on the mean streets of Budapest and she, in her innocent way, sets out to find him. Now that is the very simple synopsis for what is a film with so much more to offer. This is a cast of thousands – of dogs that is. All of the mixed breed dogs were untrained and rescued from shelters. The performances are stunning. There are scenes of animal butchery and animal cruelty – so if that will offend then this may not be for you.

It is also a parable about how one species dominates another in the belief it is the superior – and we all know that in parables pride leads to a fall.

This is also shot beautifully in a beautiful city with stunning realism and an eye for the impact that such a powerful story can make. Official entry fro the Academy Awards for best foreign language film 2015 and winner of Un Certain Regard prize at the 2014 Canes Film Festival – this is amazing, original, stunning and highly entertaining cinema.

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Hungarian | English

Release Date:

12 June 2014 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »


Box Office


HUF700,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,139, 29 March 2015

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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