"— Kostya, do you go to the basement when shooting starts?" — I used to. But now, no. Not really. — Me neither." (From the film)
Intimate story of being a child and having to grow up in a war zone.
In The Distant Barking of Dogs we witness the conflict between Ukraine and Russia through the eyes of an innocent child. Oleg lives with his grandmother in a village near the conflict zone, where the noise of arms and explosions constantly echo. Not many people are left in the village, but Oleg and his grandmother still call it home as they wait with fragile hope for the conflict to end. However, as the intensity of the conflict increases, Oleg's adventures and the games he invents are impacted; traces of conflict become his toys. Following him for more than a year in this forgotten landscape, the film not only reveals the naked reality of conflict and the transformation it brings to people's lives, but forces us to examine an adult world through the innocence of childhood. That makes The Distant Barking of Dogs one of the warmest interpretations of such a cold theme.
Simon Lereng Wilmont is a director and writer known for films including Ramonas Rejse (2004), Above the Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008) and The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017).
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