The Distant Barking of Dogs

  • Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • Denmark, Sweden, Finland
  • 2017
  • 90 min
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Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the Donetsk region of eastern 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 left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since the death of his mother. This observational film follows a year in the life of Oleg. He also has a close friendship with his cousin Yarik, who's more disturbed by all the sudden noises—or perhaps he’s not as good as Oleg at hiding his fear. Meanwhile, the boys also find the war exciting, especially when a neighbor teaches them how to use a gun. By sticking close to Oleg and his grandmother, The Distant Barking of Dogs shows the effect of conflict on children and the determination not to become refugees and stay at home.


Simon Lereng Wilmont
Monica Hellstrom for Final Cut for Real


World Sales
Philippa Kowarsky for Cinephil
Festival Handling
Leeya Mor for Cinephil

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52' and 75'
Spoken languages

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