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A House Made of Splinters

Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark, 2022

87 min.DK/Documentary

In this war-worn and impoverished corner of Eastern Ukraine where addiction casts a long shadow, there sits a safe haven for children temporarily removed from their parents. 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 childhoods all but 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.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title A House Made of Splinters
Danish title Et hus af splinter
Keywords Ukraine, Orphanages, Child care, Children, 2020-2030
Director Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer Monica Hellström
Director of Photography Simon Lereng Wilmont
Editor Michael Aaglund
Sound Piety Korhorhonen
Production country Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine
Production company Final Cut for Real ApS
International sales Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky Production Ltd.
Comment Simon Lereng Wilmont's first feature from Eastern Ukraine, 'The Distant Barking of Dogs' (2017), won the award for Best First Appearance at IDFA and has also received prizes at other prominent festivals, including Göteborg and Thessaloniki.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
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Companies

Production company Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production Story AB, Donkey Hotel, Moon Man

Direction

Direction Simon Lereng Wilmont
Assistant director Azad Safarov

Production

Producer Monica Hellström
Production manager Maria Kristensen
Production manager Esther Nissen
Line producer Azad Safarov
Co-producer Tobias Janson
Co-producer Sami Jahnukainen
Co-producer Darya Bassel
Co-producer Vika Khomenko

Cinematography

Cinematographer Simon Lereng Wilmont

Editing

Editor Michael Aaglund

Music

Music Uno Helmersson

Sound

Sound engineer Piety Korhorhonen
Mixer Peter Albrectsen
Mixer Sune Kaarsberg
Mixer Heikki Kossi

Visual effects

Colourist Anders V. Christensen
Graphic design Martin Hultmann

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Best Human Rights Film Award 2022 ZagrebDox 2022
DOX:AWARD 2022 CPH:DOX 2022
Jury Award For Best International Documentary 2022 Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2022
Golden Alexander Award 2022 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2022
FIPRESCI Award best documentary 2022 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2022
Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary 2022 Göteborg International Film Festival 2022
Best Director 2022 Sundance Film Festival 2022

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Sydney Film Festival 2022-06-08
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2022-05-13
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2022-04-28
Nyon, Visions du Réel 2022-04-07
ZagrebDox 2022-04-03
CPH:DOX 2022-03-23
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2022-03-21
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2022-03-10
Göteborg International Film Festival 2022-01-28
Sundance Film Festival 2022-01-20
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