A film that is an essay, a diary, a song, where Laurie Anderson embarks on a journey – personal only on the face of it – set to explore universal themes such as love, death and language. The starting point of this work is the wish to pay homage to her beloved dog Lolabelle, who died in 2011; other losses that greatly affected her will unfold throughout the story – for example, the loss of her mother and of her husband, Lou Reed. The artist uses her voice to intertwine childhood memories and video diaries, as well as philosophical and political reflections and tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and philosophers who have been sources of inspiration for her. The theme underlying all this is what is known in the West as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, where we find a description of what happens “between” death and a subsequent reincarnation – that is, what it means to “live in the interval where everything ends and the instant everything begins”. The visual language used by the American performer ranges from animation to 8-mm video clips of her childhood, to multi-layered images and high-speed motion graphics, underscored by the music composed by the director herself.
Dir.: Laurie Anderson; subj.: Laurie Anderson; photogr: Laurie Anderson, Toshiaki Ozawa, Joshua Zucker Pluda; music: Laurie Anderson; edit.: Melody London, Katherine Nolfi; effects: Marc Boutges. USA, 2015, b/w-C, 75’; documentary. Produc.: Dan Janvey, Laurie Anderson For Canal Street Communications, La Lacarne, in associacion with Arte France - La Lucarne, HBO Documentary Films, Field Office Films. Distr.: Nexo Digital in collaboration with Cinema Srl.