The Distant Barking of Dogs

Simon Lereng Wilmont | Denmark, Sweden | 2017 | 90'

Category - Central & Eastern Europe 2018, Surviving My Homeland



Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the eastern part of Ukraine, a warzone that often echoes with anti-aircraft fire and missile strikes. 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 his friend Kostia. Together they go on adventures, talk about what makes a real man, test each other’s boundaries - but sometimes they go too far. By sticking close to Oleg, The Distant Barking of Dogs shows the effect of conflict on children.


Director:Simon Lereng Wilmont

Producer:Monica Hellström

Production Company:Final Cut for Real

Editor:Michael Aaglund

Cinematographer:Simon Lereng Wilmont

Sound:Pietu Korhonen, Heikki Kossi, Peter Albrechtsen