Lek and the Dogs
When Ivan Mishoukov was four years old, he ran away from home and lived for two years on the streets of Moscow among the dogs, who offered him warmth and protection. Hattie Naylor adapted this true story into the disturbing play Ivan and the Dogs, which inspired the writer, artist and filmmaker Andrew Kötting to make this experimental film essay.
Here, Ivan is Lek. 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.
Using a broad range of angles, from home movies to images of the cosmos, Kötting paints an associative panorama: the child's memories, sorrow and experiences linked to raw impressions of Russia in the 1990s; the performance of a naked man in a desert landscape and psychological reflections on trauma and the urge to survive. Lek can still smell the dogs.