EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for Laurie Anderson’s Venice documentary.

Heart Of A Dog

Dogwoof has picked up UK rights to Laurie Anderson’s festival favourite Heart Of A Dog from Celluloid Dreams, ahead of the film’s UK premiere at the LFF tonight.

The deal brokered between Oli Harbottle of Dogwoof and Hengameh Panahi from Celluloid Dreams will see the distributor take all UK rights with a theatrical release planned for early 2016.

Focusing on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, the well-received film is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire performance artist and musician Anderson.

It fuses Anderson’s narration with original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present.

The film debuted at Venice in competition before playing at New York, Toronto and San Sebastian.

Heart Of A Dog is a wonderfully unique and touching piece of work which has been received with much love and appreciation wherever it has played,” said Harbottle, head of distribution, Dogwoof.