The Distant Barking of Dogs

The Distant Barking of Dogs
Simon Lereng Wilmont
Denmark, Sweden, Finland
Simon Lereng Wilmont


The Distant Barking of Dogs is set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war. The film follows the life of 10-year-old Ukrainian boy Oleg throughout a year, witnessing the gradual erosion of his innocence beneath the pressures of war. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother, Alexandra, in the small village of Hnutove. Having no other place to go, Oleg and Alexandra stay and watch as others leave the village. Life becomes increasingly difficult with each passing day, and the war offers no end in sight. In this now half-deserted village where Oleg and Alexandra are the only true constants in each other's lives, the film shows just how fragile, but crucial, close relationships are for survival. Through Oleg's perspective, the film examines what it means to grow up in a war zone. It portrays how a child's universal struggle to discover what the world is about grows interlaced with all the dangers and challenges the war presents. Thus, THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS unveils the consequences of war bearing down on the children in Eastern Ukraine, and by natural extension, the scars and self-taught life lessons this generation will carry with them into the future.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2017
Competition for First Appearance
IDFA Award
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018
Copenhagen International Documentary Festival 2018
DocsBarcelona - International Documentary Film Festival 2018
Official Section - Panorama
Best Documentary Award
Manaki Brothers International Cinematographer's Film Festival 2019
Documentary program

European Film Awards (EFA) 2018
Documentary Selection
European Documentary Nomination