The Distant Barking of Dogs

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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 the 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.

The Team

Simon Lereng Wilmont graduated as a Documentary Film Director from The National Danish Film School in 2009. His film Dormitory Master (2009) won a Gold Panda Award at Sichuan International TV & Film Festival and Above Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008) won Best Short Film at Vision Du Reel and Best International Documentary at Vienna Film Academy
International Film Festival. His previous films The Fencing Champion (2014) and Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son (2013) both premiered at IDFA, won the Jury Award for Medium length Documentary and Best Short Children Documentary Award at Al Jazeera Film Festival 2015, and they have since been screened at a number of international film festivals and sold to tv-stations around the world.

Monica Hellström has been a producer at Final Cut for Real since 2010. She previously worked at Upfront Films and The Danish Film Institute’s Film Workshop. She graduated
from EAVE Producer Workshop in 2010, holds an MA in film from the University of Copenhagen (DK) and a BA in film from the University of Bedfordshire (UK). She coproduced (selected): The Nile Hilton Incident by Tarik Salah (won Gran Jury prize: World Cinema Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival 2017), Concerning Violence by Göran Olson (Nominated at Sundance Film Festival, Won the Cinema Fairbindet Prize at Berlinale 2014), Varicella by Victor Kossakovsky (2015). Produced: The Dvor Massacre (2015), The Fencing Champion (2014) and Chikara –The Sumo Wrestler’s Son (2013) by Simon Lereng Wilmont, (both premiered at IDFA, won the Jury Award for Medium length

DirectorSimon Lereng Wilmont
Produced byMonica Hellström, Final Cut for Real
In Co-Production withMouka Filmi, STORY and Bayerischer Rundfunk / Arte
CinematographySimon Wilmont
MusicErik Enockson, Uno Helmersson, Erik Enocksson
Sound DesignPietu Korhonen, Heikki Kossi, Peter Albrechtsen
Edited byMichael Aaglund