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Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson
USA 2015 / 75’

Tell all the animals was just one of the mysterious requests made by Laurie Anderson's mother on her deathbed. Heart of a Dog is an attempt to fulfill that request, a message of love to all beings. In Anderson's documentary essay, clearly inspired by the achievements of Chris Marker, our guide is the terrier Lolabelle, while death is the leading theme of this seemingly casual. On the surface, it is about the departure of Lolabelle, who recalls other departures, including personal and collective tragedies. Anderson recalls her mother, but also the attacks of September 11 or sudden infant death syndrome. She quotes Wittgenstein and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, walks us through Lolabelle's illness, who played music and made art as she neared death. Anderson also offers an unusually discrete homage to her deceased partner Lou Reed. This moving, personal and surprisingly light film seems to be part of a journal filled with notes from the margins. However, as we near the end, the film's original form and intentionally designed structure become apparent.

Małgorzata Sadowska


Venice IFF 2015 – Lina Mangiacapre Award; Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2015 - 2nd place FFCC Award (Best Documentary); Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2016 - Cinema Eye Honors Award (Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score); International Cinephile Society Awards 2016 - Best Documentary

Laurie Anderson

She is a New York artist, an underground celebrity whose work in the late 1970s and early 80s changed the face of cinema, music and visual art. She is a singer-songwriter, performer, author, composer, sculptor, multimedia artist and Buddhist. Her collaborators have included Philip glass, Ruichi Sakamoto, Brian Eno, John Zorn, as well as Lou Reed, who passed away in 2013 and was also her husband.

Selected filmography

1974 Dearreader: How to Turn a Book into a Movie

1986 Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson

2005 Hidden Inside Mountains

2015 Serce psa / Heart of a Dog

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Cast & Crew

director Laurie Anderson
screenplay Laurie Anderson
cinematography Laurie Anderson, Toshiaki Ozawa, Joshua Zucker-Pluda
editing Melody London, Katherine Nolfi
music Laurie Anderson
cast Lolabelle, Julian Schnabel, Jason Berg, Dustin Defa, Lucy Hafitz
producer Laurie Anderson, Jim Cass, Cooper Holoweski, Dan Janvey, Shaun MacDonald, Jake Perlin, Noah Stahl
production Canal Street Communications
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour