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Telluride: Laurie Anderson’s ‘Heart of a Dog’ Bought by HBO, Abramorama

Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films have acquired Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” a day before its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.

Abramorama will handle all North American rights excluding U.S. television rights, which have been granted to HBO. They will release the film theatrically in North America on Oct. 21 in New York, followed by a national release, while HBO will air the film in 2016.

Heart of a Dog” will also screen at the Venice Film Festival in competition along with the Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival.

Anderson’s film centers on her rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011. It includes childhood memories, video diaries, musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist concept of the afterlife along with tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her.

“I worked with Richard Abramowitz in another lifetime on my 1986 film ‘Home of the Brave,'” Anderson said. “It’s such a pleasure to get the chance to work with this wonderful film wizard a second time around in bringing the movie to theaters nationwide this fall. The HBO team has been so warm and dedicated, and their passion for our movie is delightful.”

The deals were negotiated by Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.

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