Light House 1, Friday 26th, 8.30pm, 75 min
Following on from Jean-Luc Godard's tribute to his canine companion Roxy Miéville in last year's Goodbye to Language, the deeply moving and strangely exhilarating Heart of a Dog is experimental artist Laurie Anderson's tribute to her late, beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle. A floaty, associational essay that touches on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Buddhist meditation, 9/11 and childhood recollections, Anderson's film is slyly coherent: one particular train of thought juggles NSA surveillance, Kierkegaard and Anderson's late husband, Lou Reed, whose Turning Around Time plays over the end credits. Lolabelle's life and art – she recorded a "pretty good" Christmas album and learned to paint and sculpt in her later, blind years – proves a useful springboard for Anderson to consider death.
Can't see this? Watch Richard Gere's affecting portrayal of a homeless man in Time Out of Mind. Savoy 1, Friday 26th, 7.30pm, 120 min