Space Dogs

  • Stray Dogs (Working title)
All titles (3)
Documentary Feature | 2017-2019 | Animals, Science | Austria, Germany

Brief synopsis

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.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Aleksey SerebryakovErzähler


Production accountantHeike Günther
Director of photographyYunus Roy Imer
1st assistant cameraArtem Moskalev
1st assistant cameraFedor Gerlein
DirectorElsa Kremser
DirectorLevin Peter
1st AD (local system)Artem Moskalev
1st AD (local system)Fedor Gerlein
EditorStephan Bechinger
EditorJan Soldat
ComposerJohn Gürtler
ComposerJan Miserre
ProducerElsa Kremser
ProducerLevin Peter
Co-producerAnnekatrin Hendel
Service producerMarianna Morgovskaya
Line producerPeter Janecek
Unit production managerPeter Janecek
Production coordinatorLisa Elstermann
Assistant production managerKatharina Posch
Assistant production managerSimone Berg
Assistant production managerHeike Hetmanczyk
ScreenwriterElsa Kremser
ScreenwriterLevin Peter
Enquiry assistanceSergey Kachkin
Production sound mixerJonathan Schorr
Production sound mixerSimon Peter
Sound re-recording mixerTobias Adam
Adr mixerJörg TheilAutor für Hörfilmfassung
Sound designerJonathan Schorr
Digital film compositorMarkus Kircher
DI digital intermediate supervisorPaul AndexelARRI Mitte

Distributing companies

Deckert Distribution GmbH [de]


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
John Gürtler2016DOK Fest München [de]DokumentarfilmmusikpreisWinner
Levin Peter2019Locarno Festival [ch]Concorso Cineasti del presenteNominated
Levin Peter2019Premio Speciale ISPEC Cultura (Locarno Film FestivSpecial MentionWinner
Levin Peter2019Junior Jury Award Cineasti del PresenteSpecial Mention (Locarno Film Festival)Winner
Levin Peter2019Winner
Levin Peter2019Winner
Levin Peter2019DOK LeipzigGoethe-Institut DokumentarfilmpreisNominated
Elsa Kremser2019Locarno Festival [ch]Concorso Cineasti del presenteNominated
Elsa Kremser2019Premio Speciale ISPEC Cultura (Locarno Film FestivSpecial MentionWinner
Elsa Kremser2019Junior Jury Award Cineasti del PresenteSpecial Mention (Locarno Film Festival)Winner


2020AustriaDiagonale Graz
2019HungaryCinefest MiskolcCinedocs
2019BrazilSao Paulo International Film FestivalInternational Perspective
2019GermanyDok LeipzigInternationales Programm
2019SwitzerlandLocarno FestivalConcorso Cineasti del Presente
2019ArgentinaMar del Plata International Film FestivalNew Auteurs
2019SpainSevilla International Film FestivalNew Waves Non Fiction
2019CanadaRIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival
2019USAHouston Cinema Arts Film Festival


Theatre releaseAustriaFriday, 3rd April, 2020
PremiereFriday, 9th August, 2019Locarno Film Festival