14-20 November 2016

Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson

  • Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson)


A personal-essay film that explores themes of love, death and language. Anderson's voice is a constant presence as stories of her dog Lolabelle, memories of her mother, childhood fantasies and political and philosophical theories unfurl in a seamless songlike stream. Theories on sleep, imagination and disorientation are framed as questions about time and identity, and at the centre of the film is a visual and poetic meditation on the bardo, as described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Is it a pilgrimage? Which way do we go?


Laurie Anderson (Illinois, 1947) makes music, paintings, installations, sculpture and theatre, but sees herself above all as a storyteller. She is known as a pioneer in electronic music and has invented devices and instruments which she uses in her performances. Over the course of her career she has worked with a wide range of artists, including William Burroughs, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Peter Gabriel and her late husband, Lou Reed. She says that making Heart of a Dog was a way to translate her work into a form she had never used in this way before.


  • Country United States
  • Year 2015
  • Format Digital
  • Running time 75 min
  • Image BW/Colour
  • Language English
  • Subtitles Catalan
  • Production company Canal Street Communications, Arte France, HBO Documentary Films, Field Office Films
  • Producer Laurie Anderson, Dan Janvey
  • Screenplay Laurie Anderson
  • Photography Laurie Anderson, Toshiaki Ozawa, Joshua Zucker Pluda
  • Animation Laurie Anderson
  • Editor Katherine Nolfi, Melody London
  • Music Laurie Anderson
  • Sound Mario McNulty
  • Actors Archie, Gatto, Lolabelle, Little Wille, Nitro, Etta
  • Contact pascale@pascaleramonda.com


La Biennale di Venezia Telluride Film Festival


Monday 14, 19.30 h — Teatre CCCB Thursday 17, 21.30 h — Teatre CCCB