“Like Disney directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.” —CineVue

Starts September 18

WARNING: This film features scenes that could shock the sensitivity of some viewers, especially cat lovers.

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.

“Brutal but also deeply sensitive; a complex work that got under my skin.” — Film Comment

“No one leaves this movie unchanged.” — Publico

“Radical and rigorous; one of the documentaries of the year.” — Film Idea

Directed by Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter. Austria, Germany. 201. 91min. In Russian with English subtitles.