Space Dogs

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.



Country of Production
Austria, Germany

Year of Production


91 min

Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter

RAUMZEITFILM Produktion in co-production with IT WORKS! Medien in cooperation with ORF Film-/Fernsehabkommen and RBB

Original Language

English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese

Festivals / Awards

Locarno IFF 2019 (Special Mention "Giuria dei Giovani", Special Mention "Premio ISPEC Cultura")
Cinefest Miskolc 2019
Reykjavik IFF 2019
DokuBaku IDF 2019
Riga IFF 2019
Sao Paulo IFF 2019
Viennale 2019 (Wiener Filmpreis for the best Austrian Film // ExtraVALUE Film Award)
DOK Leipzig 2019
Minsk IFF "Listapad" 2019
Sevilla IFF 2019 (Special Mention by New Waves Non Fiction Jury)
Mar del Plata 2019
Kassel Dok Fest 2019
Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2019
RIDM Montréal 2019
Tallinn Black Nights 2019
Torino IFF 2019
FIDOCS 2019 (Special Jury Award)
Art Doc Fest 2019
K3 Filmfestival 2019
Max Ophüls Preis 2019
DocPoint Helsinki 2020
International Filmweekend Würzburg 2019
Stranger than Fiction 2019
Locarno Film Festival LA 2020
Febiofest Bratislava 2020
CPH:DOX 2020
Vilnius IFF 2020
Diagonale FF 2020 (Best Camera Award (Documentary) for Yunus Roy Imer)
DOK.fest Munich @home 2020
DocsBarcelona 2020
Eurofilmfest Prag 2020
Jeonju IFF 2020
EIDF 2020
Der neue Heimatfilm 2020
MakeDox 2020
Odesa IFF 2020
Athens IFF 2020
Film Fest Gent 2020
Bogocine 2020
Arktisen Upeeta 2020
Bolzano FF 2021 (Best Documentary)
Mirage IDF 2021
Febiofest Bratislava 2022