Lek and the Dogs

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    Lek and the Dogs

    Directed by

    United Kingdom, France, Chile


    90 min

    • English

    Experimental, Fiction

    Experimental artist and auteur Andrew Kotting creates a groundbreaking crossover between narrative film and contemporary art piece, based on the award-winning play by Hattie Naylor. The film is inspired by the true story of Ivan Mishukov, who walked out of his Moscow apartment at the age of four and spent two years living on the city streets where he was adopted by a pack of wild dogs. In the recession-ravaged city, Ivan’s human world was dominated by deprivation and violence; his only hope was to turn to feral dogs for company, protection and warmth. Kotting’s spellbinding and utterly original story of survival conjures the streets of Moscow in the 1990s through the eyes of a child, drawing on a range of innovative modes and techniques to produce a montage essay on the state of the world.


    Andrew Kötting

    Andrew Kötting

    United Kingdom

    Born in Kent in 1958, video artist Andrew Kötting trained at College of Art and Design in Ravensbourne and at Slade School of Fine Arts in London. In the early 1980s, while working on several performances filmed in super 16, Andrew directed several experimental short films, which were awarded at numerous film festivals. Throughout the years, he never stopped his performance work. In 2002, he finishes the Mapping Perception project. Inspired by his daughter Eden, the piece freely mixes cinema, art, and hard science. Several exhibitions and retrospectives have exposed Andrew’s works and performances, among them the International Film Festival of La Rochelle and the Curzon Soho in London in 2004. His film THE WHALEBONE BOX (2019) premiered at FID Marseille.

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