Lek and the Dogs 15

Lek and the Dogs

Experimental artist and auteur Andrew Kotting (Ivul, Edith Walks, Swandown) creates a groundbreaking crossover between narrative film and contemporary art piece about a Russian man's years spent living with dogs.

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. Here, Ivan is Lek (played by Xavier Tchili). With the aid of cassette tapes on which he spoke his story as a child, the now forty-year-old Lek looks back on his time among the dogs, an experience that had a dramatic impact on his emotional life, his later broken love and his capacity to cope in the human world.

A spellbinding and utterly original story of survival, Kotting draws upon a range of innovative techniques to produce a brilliant montage on the state of the world today.