The Distant Barking of Dogs

Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark, 2017

40 min.DK/Documentary

The film follows 10-year-old Oleg, whose life has been turned upside down by the ongoing war in East Ukraine. Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother Alexandra in a small house in a village on the frontline. Most people have left the village, but Oleg and Alexandra love their life together there and want to stay on and take care of each other. But life is becoming more and more difficult and the war does not seem to end.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title The Distant Barking of Dogs
Danish title Oleg og krigen
Keywords Ukraine, War, Children, Children in foreign countries, Boys, Grandparents, Everyday life, Friendship, 2010-2019
Director Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer Monica Hellström
Director of Photography Simon Lereng Wilmont
Editor Michael Aaglund
Sound Pietu Korhonen, Heikki Kossi, Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Erik Enocksson, Uno Helmersson
Appearance Oleg Afanasyev, Yaroslav Bendes, Alexandra Ryabichkina, Olena Bendes
Production country Denmark, Finland, Sweden
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, DR Ultra
International sales Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd.
Online release 21.02.2019, Filmcentralen
Comment Won IDFA's First Appearance Competition 2017 and Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary at Göteborg 2018. The film has also received awards in Hong Kong, San Francisco, Geneva and Thessaloniki.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production Mouka Filmi, Story AB, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Svenska Filminstitutet, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund, Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, Creative Europe, Danske Filminstruktører
In collaboration with DR, DR Ultra, SVT, YLE, Yes Docu, Estonian Public Broadcasting
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, DR Ultra


Direction Simon Lereng Wilmont
Assistant director Azad Safarov


Producer Monica Hellström
Co-producer Sami Jahnukainen
Co-producer Tobias Janson
Co-producer Monika Lobkowicz
Co-producer Sonja Scheider
Executive producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Executive producer Philippa Kowarsky
Production manager Maria Kristensen
Associate producer Heidi Elise Christensen
Associate producer Anne Köhncke
Production assistant Ömer Sami
Production assistant Mauricio González-Aranda
Production assistant Emma Svendsen
Production assistant Ida Ågård
Production assistant Sofie Lykke Stenstrop
Production assistant Mads Liljendahl
Post Producer Monica Hellström
Post Producer Maria Kristensen
Post-production supervisor Anders V. Christensen


Cinematographer Simon Lereng Wilmont


Editor Michael Aaglund
Editing supervisor Niels Pagh Andersen
Editing supervisor Joshua Oppenheimer
Trailer editor Claus Brondbjerg Erichsen


Composer Erik Enocksson
Composer Uno Helmersson
Additional music Karsten Fundal


Sound designer Pietu Korhonen
Sound designer Heikki Kossi
Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
Mixer Peter Albrechtsen
Mixer Heikki Kossi
Sound assistant Mikkel Nielsen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Kari Vähäkuopus
Sound effects recordist Marko Ahokangas

Visual effects

Graphic design Martin Hultman
Colourist Anders V. Christensen
VFX Martin Schmidt


Appearance Oleg Afanasyev
Appearance Yaroslav Bendes
Appearance Alexandra Ryabichkina
Appearance Olena Bendes
Appearance Konstantin Kabanov
Appearance Yevgeniy Ryabichkin
Appearance Sergey Sklyarenko
Appearance Natalia Sklyarenko
Appearance Eugeniya Shkuratova
Appearance Yelizaveta Semenova
Appearance Darya Semenova
Appearance Alexandr Vasin
Appearance Yulia Protasova

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Audience Award 2018 Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2018
Grand Prix 2018 Seoul, EBS International Documentary Festival 2018
Best International Film 2018 Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2018
Best Documentary Award 2018 Docsbarcelona 2018
Documentary Academy Award 2018 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2018
SOS Children's Villages worldwide avard 2018 München Documentary Festival 2018
VIKTOR Main Competition International Doc 2018 München Documentary Festival 2018
Best Documentary Award 2018 Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2018
McBaine Documentary Feature Award 2018 San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2018
2nd Prize for Best Documentary 2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018
Golden Alexander Award 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018
FIPRESCI Award best documentary 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018
The Human Value Award of the Greek Parliament 2018 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018
Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary 2018 Göteborg International Film Festival 2018
IDFA First Apparance Award 2017 Amsterdam, IDFA 2017

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2018-12-01
Mannheim-Heidelberg, Int. Film Festival 2018-11-15
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2018-11-08
Bergen International Film festival 2018-09-29
Zürich Film Festival 2018-09-27
Reykjavik Film Festival 2018-09-27
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2018-09-20
DMZ South Korea 2018-09-13
Seoul, EBS International Documentary Festival 2018-08-01
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2018-07-27
New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2018-06-14
SilverDocs AFI Documentary Festival 2018-06-13
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018-06-07
Sydney Film Festival 2018-06-06
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2018-05-31
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2018-05-17
Docsbarcelona 2018-05-16
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2018-05-11
München Documentary Festival 2018-05-02
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2018-04-26
Göteborg International Film Festival 2018-04-19
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2018-04-12
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 2018-04-04
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018-03-19
CPH:DOX 2018-03-15
Vilnius International Film Festival 2018-03-15
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2018-03-05
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2018-03-02
ZagrebDox 2018-02-25
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2018-02-15
Göteborg International Film Festival 2018-01-26
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2018-01-23
Amsterdam, IDFA 2017-11-15
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