“Fleeing from a catastrophic accident aboard the International Space Station, a lone Cosmonaut faces a haunting spectre from his country’s past. But is it all just in his mind?”
In 1958, Laika became the first animal launched into space. Witnessed by a young boy with dreams of following in her footsteps… she never returned. Decades later something has gone terribly wrong on the International Space Station and now, Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, struggles to regain control of his tumbling escape pod. Houston has picked him up on radar and Ground Control endeavours to bring him into a stable orbit. However, it soon becomes clear they are dealing with more than just a broken spacecraft, but a broken pilot too. Unresponsive to basic commands, a confession of dead crewmates and the belief he is being followed, Oleg slowly loses his mind to fear. An increasingly exasperated mission controller decides to take matters into her own hands and bring Oleg back down to Earth, but this only confirms Olegs’ worst fears. A mysterious, antiquated looking craft docks with Olegs’ returning with it a nation’s “sacrificial lamb”.
Filled with action, intense emotions and a horror twist, Laika brings the past and future of space travel head to head. A visually ambitious short film calling back to classic science fiction blockbusters such as 2001: A space odyssey, Apollo 13, and Alien, to give a supernatural, action packed take on a true story.