Cannes Film Festival 2024: Day 12: Saturday, 25 May: Awards



The verdict is in: The titular “Dog on Trial” was declared this year’s Palm Dog winner in Cannes on Friday.

“This film is very significant because it not only explores the bond between humans and dogs but it takes a satirical, comedic but quite profound look at the way that we domesticate dogs and the way that we relate to dogs, and the way our justice system relates to dogs,” said critic and jury member Anna Smith.
Xin, the greyhound who made a star turn in Chinese director Guan Hu’s Black Dog, was awarded the Palm Dog’s Grand Jury Prize.

Kodi the griffon mix, who plays Cosmos in the Swiss comedy-drama, Dog on Trial, narrowly beat Xin, a sighthound who instead wagged away with the Grand Jury Prize for the Chinese drama “Black Dog.”

Kodi, left, who plays Cosmos in the film 'Dog on Trial', wins the palm dog award at the 77th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 24, 2024. (Photo by Louise Dixon/Invision/AP)
Kodi accepts the Palm Dog (Photo by Louise Dixon/Invision/AP)

The Palm Dog awards aren’t officially a part of the Cannes Film Festival, but do honor the canines who appear in the festival’s films.

In a rare treat perhaps reflecting the growth of the contest’s popularity, both dogs were in Cannes to pick up their medals — in this case, dog collars. Both dogs seemed to bask in the limelight. Kodi barked along with the music as “Chihuahua” by DJ BoBo blasted from the speakers and did tricks on two legs. Xin took a more chilled approach, lying down on stage while soaking up the adoration.

Held on a beachfront on Cannes’ famed Croisette, the somewhat chaotic awards were well attended by local dogs, their owners and film festival journalists alike. The bar provided rose wine above the table for the human guests and a line of water bowls underneath for the canine attendees. – Reuters


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