Canine stars fill the red carpet of a Czech film about dogs
Movies are rich with four-legged stars, and rightly so, because man’s best friend also makes a big player in man’s art. So it’s only natural that they also play at the premiere, as they did at the Czech premiere of a film about rescued dogs, first described in a surprise bestselling book .
The stories of the dogs, who ruled the red carpet at the premiere, helped fund a new haven for fellow canines.
“Gump – the Dog Who Taught People to Live” was released in book form in 2019 and follows the journey of Gump and other abused dogs, told from their perspective.
It was among the 50 most read books in the country last year, according to the Databazeknih.cz website which tracks the book market.
It sold 140,000 copies, according to the CTK news agency. Its success spawned a popular song and movie of the same name, which was released nationwide on Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic postponed its initial launch until late 2020.
The whole “Gump” project, according to its author Filip Rozek, brought dog abuse to light. Profits also raised funds for a new animal shelter due to open in September in Velke Popovice, 27 kilometers (17 miles) southeast of Prague.
“This whole project made sense to raise awareness of a lot of things and to raise money for needed shelters and organizations. That’s what we wanted,” Rozek said at Wednesday’s premiere, where he said. escorted Gump down the red carpet.
Rozek came up with the idea for the book with a friend while working at an organization that rescued dogs.
The film’s director, FA Brabec, said the challenge of bringing the emotions of the canine characters to the film drew him to the project, which also featured several top Czech actors.
“(The story) is terribly moving,” he said.