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Space Dogs

A film by Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter

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Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to a certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces.

“A fascinating impressionistic documentary by Kresmer and Peter... The alienness of humanity, when seen from another perspective, is evident throughout the film. —CineVue

“Kremser and Peter connect a roughly hewn space traveling animal history with modern stray subjects, coalescing into a mood piece managing to be mix of effective estrangement and ingenious metaphor.” —IONCINEMA

Special Mention, Locarno IFF 2019
Reykjavik IFF 2019
Best Austrian Film & ExtraVALUE Film Award, Viennale 2019
DOK Leipzig 2019
Sevilla IFF 2019
Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2019
RIDM Montréal 2019
Tallinn Black Nights 2019
Torino IFF 2019
Special Jury Award, FIDOCS 2019
Stranger than Fiction 2019

91 minutes / Color
Russian / English subtitles
Release: 2020
Copyright: 2019

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