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Harpur Cinema – Heart of a Dog
October 29, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$4.00
Heart of a Dog – Laurie Anderson – USA/France – 2015 – 75 min.
Directed and narrated by multimedia performance artist Laurie Anderson with her characteristic wry wit, perfect phrasing, and warm tone, Heart of a Dog is a tender and provocative meditation on love and loss, on telling, remembering, and forgetting, centered around her beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, and her late husband Lou Reed. At once narratively straightforward and playfully experimental, funny, light, and heavy, the film strolls between multiple forms, with tender images of Lolabelle, references to Tibetan Buddhism, or post 9/11 America, shots of trees or a beach, a nod to Kierkegaard or Wittgenstein. “In numerous ways, it is structured like a dog’s journey through life, sniffing around at what interests it in the moment. Deeply reflective and one of the most invigorating and alive films” (Brian Tallerico).
Won: Venice Film Festival, Lina Mangiacapre Award – Cine Eye Honors Award – International Cinephile Society Award (Best documentary) – Tromsø International Film Festival.
Nominated: Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion – Chicago International Film Festival – Independent Spirit Awards.