Laika

Director: Avgousta Zourelidi
Writer: Orhan Boztas
Producer: Nuala O’Leary
Starring: Rebecca O’Mara, Yuri Klimov

Laika was made while Zourelidi studied at the the National Film and Television School in 2010. It’s very touching and sweet, telling the story of Laika, the poor dog from Moscow who was doomed to be the first creature to be sent to space, where she died.

Laika’s story is a terrible one, and it’s always nice to see reimaginings of her space flight such as this. I’m also a fan of Jeanette Winterson’s book Weight, which features Laika’s story.

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