The Distant Barking of Dogs

The Distant Barking of Dogs

Original name: The Distant Barking of Dogs
English name: The Distant Barking of Dogs
Year: 2017
Run time: 90'
Language: Ukranian
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland
Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer: Monica Hellström
Cast: Oleg, Alexandra, Jarik
Screenplay: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Cinematographer: Simon Wilmont
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Sound Designer: Pietu Korhonen, Heikki Kossi, Peter Albrechtsen
Music Composer: Erik Enockson, Uno Helmersson
Production Company: Final Cut for Real
World Sales: Cinephil
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  • IDFA 2017
  • CPH:DOX 2018
  • Thessaloniki Documentary FF 2018
  • Göteborg FF 2018
  • DocUdays Kiev 2018

Selected Filmography:

  • Dormitory Master 2004
  • Above Ground, Beneath the Sky 2008
  • Travelling with Mr. T 2012
  • Chikara - The Sumo Wrestler's Son 2013
  • The Fencing Champion 2014

Director's Biography:

Simon graduated as a Documentary Film Director from The National Danish Film School in 2009. His films 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 IFF. 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.


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 warzone. 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.