With great intimacy, we follow three kids finding friendship and hope as a group of dedicated social workers create moments of joy and respite in this war-torn and impoverished corner of Eastern Ukraine.
Nominated for Editing
Nominated for Directing
Nominated for Sound
Nominated for Cinematography
Original Title: A House Made of Splinters Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont Country: Denmark & Sweden Year: 2022 Duration: 87 min Producer: Monica Hellstöm

SPECIAL SCREENING: 15th October (4 PM). Introduction by sound designer and Oscar-winning foley artist Heikki Kossi (Finland).

A House Made of Splinters follows three kids awaiting their fate— will they go back or move on to a new home?— while a group of dedicated social workers create small moments of joy and respite from a childhood almost lost. Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont returns with a follow-up to his acclaimed first feature, The Distant Barking of Dogs, offering a unique look into how the long-term consequences of war on a society already under strain, impacts the most vulnerable. His is a poignant and deeply intimate portrait of a remarkable way station, filled with care, support, and trust for a group of kids who are in desperate need of more.

After the screening you can join for a a wonderful experience with Live Foley and Music Performance with Heikki Kossi at 6 pm.

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A humane and genuine portrayal of a war-torn Ukraine. In this cruel reality, Simon Lereng Wilmont manages to create an incredible and delicate intimacy around the camera, in a multilayered and poignant story that has left audiences heartbroken.

Simon Lereng Wilmont graduated as a Documentary Film Director from The National Film School of Denmark in 2009. His first feature documentary film The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017), premiered at IDFA (2017), and was awarded Best First Appearance. It has since then won 35+ awards worldwide, among these the McBaine Documentary Feature Award at San Francisco’s SFFILM Festival, it was nominated for a European Film Award (EFA 2018), an Emmy (2020), and shortlisted for an Oscar (2019). The film also won a Peabody Award (2020). As a director, his films also include Dormitory Master (2009), Above Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008), Chikara - The Sumo Wrestler’s Son (2013) and The Fencing Champion (2014).

“I noticed it’s full of colors, children’s drawings hanging on the walls. In this room they were singing, in that room they were hugging the adults and running around. A little bit of chaos,” he said. “It just exuded human warmth and happiness. And then I knew this is something so interesting, why this can be so different from the other places that I’ve seen"


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