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Heart of a Dog

Directed by: Laurie Anderson | 2015 | 1h 15m | Unrated

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O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th Street, Miami (305) 571-9970

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Artist Laurie Anderson reflects on the deaths of her husband, mother, beloved dog and subjects such as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings.

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 husband, 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). Suggesting Chris Markers’ landmark essay film Sans soleil in its connections of disparate themes and images, HEART OF A DOG is dreamy, comic, philosophical and intensely emotional – and like Anderson herself, it defies easy categorization.

“One of the best films of the year.”
– SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Haunting and celebratory at once, Heart of a Dog ultimately amounts to a contemplation of mortality.”
– INDIEWIRE

“Heart of a Dog is about telling and remembering and forgetting, and how we put together the fragments that make up our lives — their flotsam and jetsam, highs and lows, meaningful and slight details, shrieking and weeping headline news.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

“Heart of a Dog is that rarest of pieces, an unabashedly experimental work that’s as inviting as a visit with an old friend, one who may not always make sense, who’s sometimes goofy, but has been through a lot lately and treasures the opportunity to artfully unload.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Anderson says that as a child she dreamed of making something that had never been made before, and, with the help of some gifted artists and editors and camera-people, she has done it again — with bells on. The only thing that would make it more pleasurable would be Anderson narrating it in person.”
– VULTURE

“Laurie Anderson condenses contemporary, human experience to the point where exterior and interior are made indistinguishable from one another.”
– SLANT MAGAZINE