Masters of Dox


Laurie Anderson
Screening time  
23.02. / Tuesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
Dreamy, comic, philosophical and intensely emotional – like Anderson herself, it defies easy categorization.

In 2011, renowned multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson – whose eclectic career spans music, drawing, storytelling, performance, and more – suffered the loss of her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle as part of a succession of family deaths that also included her mother and her husband, the legendary musician Lou Reed. In this strikingly personal essay film, Anderson uses her close bond with Lolabelle to anchor her reflections on subjects as diverse as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings, with her own melodic voiceover narration overlaying a complex tapestry of images (including Anderson's own animations, 8mm home-movie footage, and lots of lovingly photographed dogs). Bringing to mind Chris Marker's landmark essay film Sans Soleil in its connections of disparate themes and images, Heart of a Dog is dreamy, comic, philosophical and intensely emotional – like Anderson herself, it defies easy categorization.


Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson was born in Chicago and studied at the Barnard College and Columbia University. An avant-garde performance, multimedia, and recording artist, she has had her work featured at the Guggenheim, MoMA, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She previously directed the film Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson (1986). 

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2015, 75'

Directed by:
Laurie Anderson

Screenplay by:
Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson, Toshiaki Ozawa, Joshua Zucker Pluda

Edited by:
Melody London, Katherine Nolfi

Laurie Anderson

Dan Janvey, Laurie Anderson

Produced by:
Canal Street Communications, Field Office Films

Festivals & Awards:

Venice Film Festival 2015 – Lina Mangiacapre Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2015, New York Film Festival 2015, Chicago International Film Festival 2016, San Francisco International Film Festival 2015, Leeds International Film Festival 2015, Adelaide Film Festival 2015, Telluride Film Festival 2015, Tromsø International Film Festival 2016