|Heart of a Dog|
American musician and performance artist will present her film Heart of a Dog at the 59th BFI London Film Festival at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday 14 October.
Anderson will also participate in LFF Connects the Festival’s new series of talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring how film engages with other creative industries. LFF Connects: Performance/Music with Laurie Anderson will take place at BFI Southbank on Thursday 15.
Best known for her Top 10 hit single in 1981 with ‘O Superman’, Anderson is an writer, director, visual artist and vocalist who has created works that span the worlds of art, theatre and experimental music. Heart of a Dog is her first feature since the 1986 concert movie Home of the Brave.
Her new film is a cinematic journey through love, death and language. Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog is an essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and her tribute to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her.
The film uses a collage of hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present to examine how stories are constructed and told.
Written and directed by Laurie Anderson and produced by Dan Janvey and Laurie Anderson, Heart of a Dog is a Canal Street Communications Production in association with ARTE France – La Lucarne, HBO Documentary Films and Field Office Films. International Sales are being handled by Celluloid Dreams.