Dogs triumphed in Cannes Friday as Hungarian canine thriller ‘White God’ won the film festival’s prestigious prize for innovative work, just hours after its four-legged stars scooped up the unofficial Palm Dog award for pooch talent.

The latest film by Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo beat Ryan Gosling’s widely panned directorial debut and 18 other movies to take top honours in the Un Certain Regard competition, which seeks to recognise new talent or encourage innovative, daring work. ‘White God’ was just that, according to critics, sending viewers on a strange dystopian ride, with the plot centred on Hagen, a gentle, golden-furred mongrel who is denigrated by every human being except his devoted, 13-year-old owner Lili. When the lonely girl finds herself staying with her father after her mother travels abroad, problems abound, and Lili’s dad ends up abandoning the dog on the side of a highway. Unused to being alone, a whimpering Hagen has to survive with other strays - including a cute mutt which saves him from more than one scrape.

Films for  Cannes Palme d’Or

“Clouds of Sils Maria”,     Olivier Assayas

“Saint Laurent”,     Bertrand Bonello

“Winter Sleep”,     Nuri Bilge Ceylan

“Maps to the Stars”,     David Cronenberg

“Two Days, One Night”,    Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

“Mommy”,     Xavier Dolan

“Captives”,     Atom Egoyan

“Goodbye to Language”,     Jean-Luc Godard

“The Search”,     Michel Hazanavicius

“The Homesman”,     Tommy Lee Jones

“Still the Water”,     Naomi Kawase

“Mr Turner”,     Mike Leigh

“Jimmy’s Hall”,     Ken Loach

“Foxcatcher”,     Bennett Miller

“The Wonders”,     Alice Rohrwacher

“Wild Tales”,     Damian Szifron

“Timbuktu”,     Abderrahmane Sissako

“Leviathan”,     Andrei Zvyagintsev