Simon Lereng Wilmont
Simon Lereng Wilmont
Graduated as a Documentary Film Director from The National Film School of Denmark in 2009. His first feature documentary film "The Distant Barking of Dogs" (2017) was shortlisted for an Oscar (2019).
In this poignant and deeply intimate documentary, three kids, removed from their parents, find friendship and flickers of hope inside the worn walls of a remarkable orphanage in Eastern Ukraine, as a group of dedicated social workers create moments of joy and respite from childhood's all but lost.
A House Made of Splinters
86 min
Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the eastern part of Ukraine — a warzone that often echoes with anti-aircraft fire and missile strikes. Sometimes these sounds are in the distance, while other times they’re frighteningly close. While many have already left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since the death of his mother. They have nowhere else to go. While waiting for the war to end, Oleg enjoys hanging out with his younger cousin Yarik and an older boy Kostia. Together they go on adventures, talk about what makes a real man, test each other’s boundaries, but sometimes they go too far. This observational film follows a year in the life of Oleg and emphasizes the warm bond he has with his grandmother. By sticking close to Oleg, The Distant Barking of Dogs shows the effect of conflict on children.
The Distant Barking of Dogs
90 min