who is Kodi, the dog who won the 2024 Palm Dog?

who is Kodi, the dog who won the 2024 Palm Dog?
who is Kodi, the dog who won the 2024 Palm Dog?

Kodi, Griffon cross, who plays in The Trial of the Dog by Franco-Swiss Lætitia Dosch, received the Palm Dog on Friday, which rewards the dog with the most bite seen in films at the Cannes Film Festival. Kodi, 9 years old, succeeds Messi, Border Collie who shone in Anatomy of a fall, a film that won the Palme d’Or last year. This double – Palme Dog and Palme d’Or – is unlikely to happen this time because The Trial of the Dog is scheduled in the Un certain regard section, and not in the official competition.

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“I fell in love with Kodi, the Palm Dog, for me, it’s great, it allows you to consider dogs as actors, Kodi is also in the credits of the film as an actor and he is on the poster ”, commented on the microphone Lætitia Dosch, present alongside the animal during the award ceremony on a beach. Kodi, in real life, is a former street dog from Narbonne who passed through a shelter.

“Lætitia Dosch told us ‘Kodi won’t have much to do’, but when I received the scenario, I still listed 80 to 100 actions,” Juliette Roux-Merveille, coach of a performing animal company based in Vendée, recalled for AFP. “Kodi didn’t know how to howl, we recorded the meow of a hungry kitten and it made him howl, it worked. He never showed his fangs, we worked on a bark where we can see them”she further detailed.

The grand prize of the jury, the second most important trophy of the Palm Dog, was awarded to the other contender, Xin, a female Jack Russell cross greyhound of Black Dog, by the Chinese Guan Hu, also in the Un certain regard section. The animal, which plays a stray dog ​​in the Chinese film, was adopted at the end of filming by lead actor Eddie Peng. He too was present, alongside the animal. “She’s the star of the film”commented the actor, who spoke “unconditional love” with his dog.

“International dimension”

“In our criteria for awarding the Palm Dog, we are committed to animal welfare, we are very attentive to filming conditions, we find out each time”, explains to AFP Anthony Pruvost, founder of Woopets. This French media dedicated to pets has managed the Palm Dog since 2023. The 2023 winner, Messi, had an extraordinary post-Cannes event. After the Palme d’Or, the film won the Oscar for screenplay. The opportunity for the 8-year-old Border Collie to explode social networks during a nominees’ luncheon with viral selfies taken by actors Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and singer Billie Eilish. A device with false legs was even installed so that the dog would applaud during the ceremony in Los Angeles.

This year, Messi returned to the red carpet, equipped with a microphone and 360-degree camera to collect the words of personalities, with the help of French comedian Raphaël Mezrahi. We saw him do his show with Lætitia Dosch or the French singer Zaho de Sagazan, who sang during the opening ceremony. This TV tag, “Woof! Messi at the Cannes Film Festival”, was broadcast on France 2, France 3, Culturebox and TV5 Monde. A best-of was also relayed on TikTok.

Messi had competition on the steps, with Pilaf, actress Demi Moore’s chihuahua, popular with photographers. “Since the creation of this prize in 2001, its media coverage has been increasing, it is no longer just a French event and with Messi, it has taken on a new international dimension” comments Anthony Pruvost. “In Cannes, the dogs were good again this year”written this week on New York Times.

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