Congrats to Bruno, the standard poodle who won the coveted Palm Dog award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his work in the Noah Baumbach film “The Meyerowitz Stories.”
Bruno plays Dustin Hoffman’s emotionally neglected dog in the film, which also co-stars Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler.
Per THR, jury member and Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw said Bruno’s intense “pawformance” represents “what some would say symbolizes the brutal submission to Republican domestic policy.”
German shepherd Lupo took the grand jury prize for his role in the French film “Ava,” a coming-of-age story of two teens and a dog who bond in the summer before the title character loses her sight. Writes Variety in its review: “It’s the blackness of the dog you notice, so black it’s almost featureless. It’s negative space — a dog-shaped hole in the world. And that’s how it must appear to the girl, Ava (Noée Abita), an unsmiling 13-year old who will shortly discover that her retinitis pigmentosa has advanced more quickly than expected and she will soon go blind.”
Toby Rose, the founder of the Palm Dog, says the German shepherd in “Ava” is a “real black beauty.”
“Ava” director Lea Mysius was on hand to receive the award, saying, “This is the best prize I could imagine.”
Other dogs in the running for the Palm Dog this year, according to THR, the “magnificent” greyhound photographed by Isabelle Huppert in Hong Sang-soo’s “Claire’s Camera” and an “adorable grey whippet” in Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” an animal that gets more screen time than human star Dominic West (but less than a Bonobo monkey). The film won the top prize at this year’s fest, the Palme D’or.
Rose also praised the kelpie in Australian drama “Red Dog — True Blue,” described as “An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend. ”
Actress Leslie Caron, who received the DogManitarian award, appeared via video to accept the award with her Shih Tzu named Tchi Tchi. “Dogs deserve their place on the awards circuit, and I am truly proud to share this award with Tchi Tchi,” the star of such classic films as “Gigi” and “An American in Paris” said.
And if you happen to be in Turn, Italy next year, Palm Dog will be the subject of an exhibition at the National Museum of Cinema in Turin.
Previous winners of the Palm Dog include Uggie from “The Artist” and Nellie the bulldog, who portrayed Marvin in Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson.”