A House Made of Splinters

A film by Simon Lereng Wilmont

In this war-worn and impoverished corner of Eastern Ukraine where addiction casts along 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.

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Production facts:

Language: Russian/Ukrainian
Length: 86 min
Directed by: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Produced by: Monica Hellström
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Director of Photography: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Line Producer & Assistant Director: Azad Safarov
Co-Producers: Sami Jahnukainen / Donkey Hotel, Tobias Janson / Story AB, Darya Bassel & Vika Khomenko / Moon Man

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