“Heart of a Dog” combines into a “video-essay” a director’s intimate diary, a philosophical study, retro animation, home video, and of course music, which plays nonstop in Laurie Anderson’s universe.
The film owes its title to the terrier Lolabelle, whose short life and death become an excuse for Laurie to talk about life and death on a global scale. Anderson believes in the Buddhist cycle of rebirth and as a finale, the dog comes back to life with a message that comes to Lolabelle’s account on Facebook: in the new millennium, social media guarantees eternal life.
This is the film debut of legendary New York singer and artist Laurie Anderson, which she dedicated to the memory of her husband, Lou Reed. Similar screenings were organized in Times Square in New York and in London’s West End, and were an overwhelming success. Bring your pets! The film took place in the 2015 Venice Film Festival and in the 2016 Beat Film Festival.
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