Cannes Canines Take Top Palm Dog Honors
In 2001, when Toby Rose created the Palm Dog Collar Awards to recognize Cannes Film Festival stars of the canine variety, he wanted to showcase the decency dogs bring to the big screen. He believes that they are pivotal characters who get little recognition.
Now, 16 years later, the coveted Palm Dog Collar Awards are the collars to wear, and this year a poodle named Bruno who held his own with the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler was awarded the prize for his work in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Redacted).
Bruno’s award-winning scene was when he ‘tripped’ Hoffman’s character, and the movie is expected to make a big splash in the world of prized recognition.
Additionally, Plam Dog Special Jury prizes were awarded to three heroic security dogs: Lilou, Glock and Even. The canine patrol was part of the festival’s security detail, which was even more on alert as a result of recent terror attacks in Europe.
Kate Muir, who is a Palm Dog jury member and film critic was reviewing Michel Hazanavicius’s delayed showing of “Redoutable” (the audience was then asked to clear the venue due to threats inside the Debussy Theatre). Muir says the dogs burst in with security as the audience ran out and it was tragic and heroic at the same time.
Rose also recognized a seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd named Diesel who was killed in Paris during a counter-terrorism raid. The award salutes dogs around the world who bravely participate in the fight against terror. He called their work unsung, but so brave.
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Other Palm Dog Awards were given as well, including The Palm Dog Grand Jury Prize, which was awarded to a German Shepherd named Lupo, and the Palm DogManitarian Award.
The Palm DogManitarian Award recognizes and honors the human-canine bond between actors and their pets and this year went to 85-year-old actress Leslie Caron, best known for her work in “An American in Paris” and “Gigi.” Caron stars with her 17-year-old rescue Tchi Tchi in the U.K. drama “ The Durrells,” and says she and Tchi Tchi are honored to have their special bond recognized.
Congrats to all the deserving canines!
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