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HEART OF A DOG

by Laurie Anderson

synopsis

Heart of a Dog is a personal essay film that explores themes of love, death and language. The director’s voice is a constant presence as stories of her dog Lolabelle, her mother, childhood fantasies, political and philosophical theories unfurl in a seamless song like stream. The visual language spans animation, eight millimeter films from the artist’s childhood, layered imagery and high speed text animation. The director’s signature music runs throughout the film in works for solo violin, quartets, songs, and ambient electronics. The center of Heart of a Dog is a visual and poetic meditation on the bardo, the forty nine day period after death in which identity is shredded and the consciousness prepares to enter another life form. A Story About A Story envisions her ordeal in the hospital when she broke her back as a child and how the story became her way to understand the relationship of real events, authority, and faulty memory on the creation of stories. Theories on sleep, imagination and disorientation are framed as questions about time and identity. Is it a pilgrimage? Which way do we go?

international title: Heart of a Dog
original title: Heart of a Dog
country: United States, France
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Laurie Anderson
film run: 75'
screenplay: Laurie Anderson
cinematography by: Laurie Anderson, Toshiaki Ozawa, Joshua Zucker-Pluda
film editing: Melody London, Katherine Nolfi
music: Laurie Anderson
producer: Laurie Anderson, Dan Janvey
co-producer: Jim Cass, Cooper Holoweski, Shaun MacDonald, Jake Perlin, Noah Stahl, Jason Stern
production: ARTE France Cinéma, Canal Street Communications [US]
distributor: Filmcoopi, NonStop Entertainment

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main awards/selection

Telluride Film Festival 2015 
Venice Film Festival 2015 
Toronto International Film Festival 2015 
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2015 
Chicago International Film Festival 2015 
La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival 2015 
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